About Food Forestry

A food forest is intended to mimic the principles and functions of a natural forest ecosystem. Using perennial edible plants, stacked in vertical layers, it draws much of its insight from the external edges of a forest where light filters deep into the many layers of vegetation. Food forestry can produce high yields of food with less inputs and maintenance relative to conventional agriculture, providing inspiration and innovation as we strive to improve the sustainability of our food system.

Seven Layers Food Forest

Using the forest ecosystem as a guide, plants in food forests are selected to create supportive inter-connected relationships. For example, Yarrow is planted to attract pollinators to the site and draw up nutrients from the soil to feed the trees. Clover is planted to fix nitrogen and fertilize the trees. Comfrey is planted to provide a high nutrient mulch for the trees. These supporting plants are planted around food producing trees and shrubs, creating mini ecosystems called guilds.

Project News

  • New Horizons – Farming Connections

    Farming Connections is a new initiative of the Cowichan Green Community in partnership with the Government of Canada which focuses on bringing farmers out of the isolating lifestyle that farming creates. Our goal is to engage ageing farmers by holding …

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Upcoming Events

    • Loot in the Boot

      Saturday, July 14, 2018
      Save the date for our second annual fundraiser “Loot in the Boot” garage sale, being held July 14th, 9AM - 2PM. Taking place in the south parking lot at 360 Duncan Street, this sale gives you an opportunity to dust...
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