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...]

Community Orchard to Forest Garden

The process of transitioning the Surfdale community orchard into a multi-layered forest garden has begun. Work started on Saturday in preparation for a community working bee from 10am on Saturday 31st August. Waiheke community Food Forest from Food Forest NZ on Vimeo. We are working towards completely eradicating the grass (Kikuyu) by replacing it with ground cover species that will … [Read more...]

The Fabulous Fruit Tree group – Waiheke

This event took place exactly five years ago, and the trees were planted a few months later. A recent meeting of the Waiheke Food Forest group agreed this would be a good place to begin our work, by planting out the understory of this now established orchard. One of the more challenging aspects of a food forest design is choosing the guilds of plants at the ground cover, herb and shrub layers … [Read more...]