“What is Forest Gardening?” you might be asking yourself. It’s a method for ecosystem design that strives to meet human needs while simultaneously meeting the needs of the rest of the system-the soil microbes and fungus, the pollinators and other insects, birds, other wildlife, and plant communities. By mimicking the architecture and patterns of healthy, functioning forests, we work to create systems that become more and more self-maintaining over time (ie fewer inputs and less work!) This is achieved by designing with an emphasis on functional interconnection, in which the wastes, outputs, and characteristics of one part of the system meet the needs of another part of the system.

For more information, Dave Jacke offers a wonderful description at edibleforestgardens.com.

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