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                         Farming Connections is a new initiative of Cowichan Green Community in partnership with the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program …

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Upcoming Events

    • Duncan Seedy Sunday

      Sunday, March 17, 2019
      Duncan Seedy Sunday 2019 This annual event is a sure sign that Spring is on the way! Come join your friends and neighbours at this year's popular Seedy Sunday, where you will find: - Seeds for sale and swap - Edible and ornamental plants, trees and shrubs, plant starts and seedlings for sale - Free workshops on Seed, Garden and Ecology-related subjects - A Kids Activity table - Food trucks - Garden accessories such as mason bee homes, pots, tools... and more!
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