Appropriate Land Use

Are Food Forests the best use of land ? This depends highly on the land. "Prior to human arrival in New Zealand (circa 900-1300 AD), the country is estimated to have had 80% forest cover. Only those areas higher than the timberline, too wet or infertile, and those areas affected by a recent volcanism did not support a forest vegetation." NZ Forestry Department For 80% of New Zealand is the … [Read more...]

What is a food forest

Imagine a forest where each element has been carefully planned so that it offers food, medicines and fibre. Imagine choosing every plant - from roots, to ground cover, herbs, shrubs, trees, big canopy trees and vines - so that each was of benefit to the other, thus creating a stable eco-system while providing many of our human needs. So you might have yam, kumura, potato in the underground … [Read more...]

Goumi – Nutrition and a Nitrogen fixer

Another Food Forest video in a series on Nutraceuticals - Substances which combine "nutrition" and "pharmaceutical", is a food or food product that provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. The video was taken at the Food Forest at Charles St. Gardens. Goumi like Autumn Olives are a species of Elaeagnus native to China, Korea, and Japan. Elaeagnus … [Read more...]