• Free Healthy Organic Food: Food forests

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    The Food Commons seeks to build a complete and fully integrated system for local/regional food that is community-based in its ownership and operations yet networked nationally/internationally for governance, learning and innovation.  It is not seeking to level the playing field of the globalized industrial food system, but rather to create a new playing field, especially for small and medium-sized food enterprises that have been marginalized by the current system.

    Food forests or Forest gardening have been around for a long time with many of the native cultures practicing this form of sustainable agriculture. It is a form of low-maintenance plant-based food production which replicates natural ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, running vines and perennial vegetables. Beneficial plants and companion planting is a big part of the food forest system.

    Unlike much of the modern industrial agricultural system which relies heavily of inputs such as fossil fuels and artificial herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, a food forest once established is self-regulating and highly abundant in yield.

    Why Food Forests?

    • Forests are home to approximately 50-90% of all the world’s terrestrial (land-living) biodiversity — including the pollinators and wild relatives of many agricultural crops (Source: WWF Living Planet Report 2010)
    • Tropical forests alone are estimated to contain between 10-50 million species – over 50% of species on the planet.
    • Rainforests cover 2% of the …

    If we look beyond our modernized culture to Nature’s most advanced and life-abundant plant growing systems, it is clearly evident that working with Nature is the wisest and most productive path to sustainable food production.

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