Preparation for Food Forest Design course

We're only three weeks away from starting the first 19-week Food Forest Design course, and I've put together some resources for the people wanting to lay some foundations for this. For anyone wanting to get a foundation understanding of this subject, these are some of the highlights of the abundance of content that has become available over the last couple of years. Watch Stefan Sobkowiak … [Read more...]

Water, life and fertility

Without water human beings will not last more than a few days. Soil life also needs water in order to do its work of building the humus component of soil and increase fertility. Soil life refers to those organisms that spend a significant portion of their life cycle within a soil profile, or at the soil-litter interface. These organisms … [Read more...]

Transitioning an Orchard to a Food Forest

We moved 18 Cu M of mulch around the 5 year old trees in the Surfdale community orchard yesterday. This is a step in replacing the grasses (such as Kikiuyu) with ground cover plants of our choosing (some edible) - to be followed by other (mostly perennial) food plants in the families of root crops, herbs, shrubs and bushes and flowers for the pollinators and our pleasure. This will result in … [Read more...]