A few days ago, my next-door-neighbor who loves cooking made five big rhubarb, blackberry and blackcurrant crumbles, with the last of the harvest from my garden “food forest.”
She then gave them to other folks who live close by. You just can’t beat home cooking!
And you can’t get better food than organic home-grown food, straight from the garden and prepared right away. This food forest idea is one that’s taking off big-style.
It’s an idea that’s part of the whole permaculture revolution and it’s really a wonderful idea. What you do is just plant stuff in a forest type manner, and let nature take care of it, for the most part.
It’s a move away from growing primarily annual plants to growing perennials, in a way that they would grow in a forest, but of course we plant stuff that’s edible or has other uses, like for wood, or medicine.
At the moment, I have blackcurrants, strawberries, rhubarb, sage, mint, thyme, goji berries, blackberries and a fig tree (more planned). It’s maintenance free. And free food in your back-yard or garden. The blackberry brambles were absolutely covered in all kinds of different bees when they were in flower. Compare and contrast that to the crisis we have now with bee colony collapse associated with “Big-Ag.”
It’s really terrible, the effect big scale agriculture has on wildlife; all the native bees are gone in America I heard, and the US has these big bee keeping companies that go around with their bees to pollinate almond orchards and so-on. That’s so wrong. They’re even importing bees from Australia now, crazy stuff. Not a pesticide, herbicide or fungicide has touched my garden, and it has frogs in it, that just appeared, even though there is no pond — they live in the long damp grass.
So… food forests or “forest gardening” systems show promise for the future of food, and it’s great to grow stuff to eat, that takes no maintenance at all, and attracts all kinds of great wildlife.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Cheers!
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
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