Starting A Food Forests With Chickens

This is a short clip of Geoff Lawton in Australia walking you through his land briefly showing you the formation of a food forest, he steps through time showing several stages starting from chickens on grass land to ten years down the line into a forest.

I guess the idea of this is to show low tech solutions that can be used to create an abundance of food around your property. It’s a simple system really that works with animals and nature to ease the work load when preparing the ground while getting chicken eggs and meat. It’s designed around the way a natural forest system works but utilises the different layers more fully by incorporating a perennials system of fruits and nuts. Accompanying the edibles are things like nitrogen fixing (legumes) plants, trees and fungi that work in a symbiotic relationship with one another as well as nutrient mining plants like say comfrey. Overtime a period of time and with little human intervention the forest develops with relative harmony and this type of food farming can really help provide you with something to forage from all year round no mater how much time you spend in it.

Having the money to buy fruit trees and things can be expensive but if you can’t afford it you can always say buy or borrow from a friends Apple tree while buying some root stock for not much money and grafting loads of your own Apple trees, in time you’ll have enough to plant a small forest. You might pick cheap bare rooted fruit tree’s in discount stores that you can rescue, worth a punt if your low on cash I say. To save a bit more money see what you can start from seed and also save (harvest) seed when ever possible along the way.

Want to know more, watch the 30 minute video he’s calling “How to Survive the Coming Crises” at: http://www.geofflawton.com/fe/32461-surviving-the-coming-crises

Fruit Hunters Documentory

I found this quite a fascinating little documentary that explores a wide variety of fruit and the importance of biodiversity for our food security.

The title of “Fruit Hunters” is attributed to people who travel the globe looking for rare and endangered fruits in order to preserve them and maintain diversity as well as just to simply enjoy them for eating.

This also covers the issues of things like taking certain fruits for granted and some history on almost losing Bananas from disease due to only having on variety and they also touch on them trying to develop more varieties.

These food hunters speak on the “living libraries” they are creating for preservation purposes as well as bringing new fruits to people via markets etc.

Now check out part 2:

Documentary made by “The Nature of Things” for CBS, thank you.

Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Superfruit: Aronia x prunifolia ‘Viking’ (syn. Black Chokeberry)
Healthiest Fruit In The World: Aronia Berry?

Three times the level of antioxidants found in blueberries and high in vitamin C, this is said to be the healthiest fruit in the world
The berries are too sharp to be eaten raw but are ideal for sauces in summer puddings or blended into juices and smoothies.
The plants are very hardy, easy to grow and will do best in moist, fertile soils in sun or part shade.
Pollination: Self-fertile.
Season: late August – September.

Peaches and Apricots – Sound Growing Advice

Peaches and Apricots - Sound Growing Advice

Peaches and Apricots Growing Advice, good to know about as they should/could be part of Food Forrest, diversity is the key in garden and in the diet. Excellent book with good old advice from John Seymour.
Photo Credit: John Seymour in Complete Book of Self Sufficiency