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

  • Agricultural Equipment Library

    In 2018 Cowichan Green Community received funding through the Municipality of North Cowichan to begin and Agricultural Equipment Library. We are pleased to bring you the following equipment available for rent! Rental rates are a day rate.   Equipm …

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Upcoming Events

    • FarmFolk CityFolk Mobile Seed Cleaner Tour

      Friday, August 23, 2019
      FarmFolk CityFolk are bringing their new mobile seed cleaner unit on tour and it will be at the Cowichan Agricultural Seed Hub! Come out for a tour of the Cowichan Incubator Seed Farm, a seed cleaning demonstration and a Cowichan...
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