Category: Food Forests

A Global Wiki – A Call to Join

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Designing perennial polycultures (guilds) can be a big challenge. It can be hard to find information on perennial crops and support species. There is a need for information, sample polycultures, and design templates. The Apios Institute is a collaborative network of farmers, gardeners, and researchers focused on integrated perennial-crop agroecosystems (variously known as multistrata agroforests, tropical homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens). Since 2007 we have worked to address these […]

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Guidelines for Perennial Polyculture Design

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Polyculture design can be bewildering and even intimidating. I’ve been planting and thinking about polycultures for over two decades. During that time I’ve planted a lot of failed polycultures that didn’t work for one reason or another, as well as some successful ones. I’ve also visited many sites in many climates and seen polycultures functioning very well – especially in the tropics, where agroforestry systems are much farther along than my cold temperate home.

I’ve assembled a set of guidelines for designing polycultures, that I’d like to share with you. They are a work in progress and far from perfect, but, in concert with the design process shown below, they have helped hundreds of people in my courses and workshops to feel ready to go home and design and install their own polycultures.

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Planting in Pots and Other Ways of Playing with Permaculture in the Big City

Growing your own food doesn’t require expanses of acreage. It doesn’t require a tractor. It doesn’t require complete self-sufficiency. As we all well know by now, it doesn’t require chemicals, either. It doesn’t even require a garden, at least not in the way we’ve come to picture one. In some instance, it doesn’t even require soil. There are so many things they are not necessary for anyone to start growing […]

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Up Market Permaculture

Geoff Lawton taking a break while filing Up Market Permaculture in Montecito, California.

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Re-Greening a Mountain

Re-Greening a Mountain video trailer. See the full version on Geofflawton.com When Geoff Lawton says this is the best Permaculture demonstration site on the planet, then you have to stop and listen. “Where is it exactly?” I asked, as I’ve never heard of this place. I didn’t know the Chinese were even into permaculture. “Kadoorie Farm” he said and he insisted we go there and film. “It’s in Hong Kong […]

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500 Days of Food Forest

500 days in the growth of a food forest 2015 Jan update Permaculture Organic The idea started from sheer curiosity. I had always wondered, how fast does the food forest grow? I really had no idea. What better way to satisfy my curiosity than start taking daily photographs and then morphing those many photographic stills into a short video? Thus the project was born and 500 days has now passed […]

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The Symbiotic work of Plant guilds in a food forest

Volunteers and community members on site during the training. “To know is power” Let us then use our brains with every good intent that at the end we come with tired eyes and give to nature more than what she lent”. (Cheire) I was motivated to learn Permaculture after a one week training on Natural medicines which changed my eating habits. When I learned that permaculture has non rigid guidelines […]

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Permaculture in Paradise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BHMOKQ6ieM Trailer only – watch full video here 34 Years ago Dano Gorsich asked his old permaculture teacher, Bill Mollison, what he should do with his land on the island of Molokai in Hawaii? Bill explained how he should design his tropical house, how it should face to capture the sea breezes, the sun angles, slope and orientation. Bill also suggested that Dano could earn a living by growing fruit […]

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Permaculture for Profit – the STUN System (Sheer Total Utter Neglect)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpJO3V7oW3c Trailer only – watch the full video here! Imagine you owned your own farm planted full of apple trees. You used no herbicides, no fungicides, no pesticides and no industrial fertilizers. Instead, the trees were treated with Sheer Total Utter Neglect, and still bore copious amount of fruit. Sounds crazy, right?

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Miracle Farms on TV (Canada)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtOaxbZbN_M Duration 11 minutes. English subtitles available. This is a feature on Miracle Farms on a French Canadian TV show called La Semaine Verte.

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Jungle of the Red Spirit

This stunning piece of cinematography gives us a close-up view of the type of rainforest complexity and biodiversity we can only hope to imitate as permaculturalists.

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How Fractal Patterns Perpetuate Through a Tree, and Then a Forest

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApJcmlqYrEk How the same fractal pattern found in a tree is perpetuated throughout its home forest. Fascinating information for permaculture design. From the documentary, Fractals – Hunting the Hidden Dimension.

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