WelcomeWelcome to Carolinian Food Forest! This 1 acre experimental forest is planted on public park land in London Ontario in the beautiful Thames River valley. This blog is intended to inform you about our project as well as provide enough detail and inspiration to help you build your own food forest in the community you live in.
What is a Food Forest?Think of a forest near where you live - does anybody water it? Till the soil? Weed it? Nobody does because it is a self sustaining ecosystem. A food forest mimics the pattern and structure of a natural forest but the plants are deliberately selected to provide food, medicine and other things for us. There are also plants included that are there to support the whole, or the system, through the release of nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil, or by performing natural pest control. Most species perform more than one role.
There are seven layers in a food forest. This allows much higher food production from a given area than the monocultural fields where most of our food is grown these days.