The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic

I’ve just bought and watched this very informative documentary film about setting up and maintaining a “permaculture commercial orchard”, excellent for people wondering what permaculture looks like in a commerical sense then this is it. I really enjoyed the aspects on biodiversity, tree pruning, shrub and herbaceous planting, attracting beneficials etc. You might want to consider buying this one, I’m glad I did.

“The Permaculture Orchard : Beyond Organic is a feature-length educational film that will teach you how to set up your own permaculture orchard at any scale. We recognize the limitations of the organic model as a substitute to conventional fruit growing, and want to propose a more holistic, regenerative approach based on permaculture principles. Based on 20 years of applied theory and trial and error, biologist and educator Stefan Sobkowiak shares his experience transforming a conventional apple orchard into an abundance of biodiversity that virtually takes care of itself. The concepts, techniques and tips presented in this film will help you with your own project, whether it is just a few fruit trees in your urban backyard, or a full-scale multi-acre commercial orchard.”

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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