Amazing 23-Year-Old Permaculture Food Forest – An Invitation for Wildness


My doctrine of life is not about acquiring unspoiled sort, starting to live there and really enjoy. It’s about perceiving a sit that is destroyed and setting it. Invitation to the wildness 23 year ago, we started building an palatable wood now. Edible wood is a permanent planting. Therefore, it must be built as a woodland organisation. Vast trees along with medium, lower flooring and attic make, they all work together – some flowers suck certain minerals and excrete others, other bushes have a different affair. It’s really beautiful to position them together like this and create a forest that’s for fledglings and bugs just like for us. We have a total of 480 different species of plants, which does not include 80 different hodgepodges of apple trees and 16 selections of gooseberries. In our grove garden-variety “thats a lot” of original trees that I used as structure and basis for building everything else – they accommodate a windbreak and nests for fledglings, great helpers when maintaining the garden. On the second floor below that we have fruit trees, which are our regional apple trees, pears and plums, nectarines and peaches, apricots, these types of “profitable” trees. You could probably call them that, but I don’t think about them that mode. In our forest plot I have about 120 return trees, of which 80 diversities of apple trees, which I collected from gene pond places. Apple trees are my favorite, each carries a different story and origins, some are more than 500 year olds. So when I walk here, I know each of them very well – some are for direct uptake, some for cooking, some are sweet and crunchy, some are quite hard-bitten and just like people they are very unique and have their oddities, which are worth passing on. And then below that is the floor of berries, red currants, colors currants, white-hot currants and gooseberries, cranberries, all kinds shrubs in partial shade. In December, it begins to bear small-time fruits and then plums, pears and apples, so we can harvest fruit now 10 months a year. All this is a year old and a perennial, some of which are palatable; some are therapeutic and proliferate bulbs and root crops, like parsnip and wild carrot. And then there are clues like vines, kiwis, minikiwi, moves and more, which connect the whole forest. We are in Southland( freezing country ), the vines are here not the best fruit, so I multiplied dozens of motleys I have collected from all over Southland and Otagah, and seeded them for the trunks of various trees, which we have here. Like now under this dragon. It has is moving forward now for several years and now it has grown nicely to the crown. I make this idea and spread it throughout the forest garden. So somehow I’m trying to connect the crypt of the top floor of the trees in a manner that is which I have never seen in the forest garden. And is not simply will it give the garden another storey, it makes it possible to even happen, that we will be able to move after those climbings when we are quite agile and agile! Now in the temperate zone down the South Island, “we ii” uncovered the vagaries of the brave, peculiarly the freezing southwest breezes of the Southern Ice Ocean. Behind us is a hill that protects us from this wind and we are oriented to the north, towards the mouth of the river and the mountains and the hills, so it’s really an ideal situation. When we firstly came here to see it, it was a ruin. This part, where the house is now, was completely covered with rubbish and debris of an old-fashioned home that burned down. Most beings has not been able to even go to look at such country. It didn’t look is an excellent. But we liked it. I conceived, first of all , none misses it, it will probably be cheap. And it was. And secondly, I believe that that myself: I can do this. The enormous happiness of this tract is, that a torrent spurts through now. Although he didn’t run at all from the beginning. It was actually merely a obscure debris furrow. The flow and outpouring we discovered was a regional dump. They threw everything in there. First we rallied all those aluminum cans and then the bicycle bottles and finally series shoes and Victorian pottery. And now there is this beautiful stream gushing over the bumpy underside. And even the spring here on the left. As we scavenged and embed it, I noticed that there were fish. They swam upstream. The brook flows down to the mouth of the river Jacobs, over there in the lowest place. Fish fry of native Zealand categories arrive now. They swim upstream as far as they can go. We don’t feed them, we don’t care about them, but I like to look at them as frequently as possible. But it’s a huge bonus, because thanks to the approach we have, it signifies rather than grassing to the edge of the river or straightening into the sewer( which so many beings do when they check a body of water they can’t control ). So by leaving it natural with all the stones and come needles and so on, these fish is a good environment. We’re lucky to have them now. I visualize as a forest gardener you realise “youre ever” little player, you don’t dominate it! And it’s actually your responsibility to learn more about how it runs, have a distance, be a bit more unwound, just follow those processes and even modify the path you think about the glean and what you eat, or what you need from your garden. And so your nutrition can change, like ours. Preferably than loot let’s have perennial sorrel, for example. If you really want to live out of your country and have everything you want, you have to have diversification in the food. There are things like nettle soup and the like that you wouldn’t otherwise chew, but you will realize that it is a really good and healthy vegetable. We really like sweet potatoes, but we can’t proliferate them here, so we still buy them. Avocados and other things too. We can say that about 70% of our food comes from here. What I genuinely been fucking loving lives here in a timber garden is the change of seasons. Spring is beginning for us, it is the beginning of October, apple trees and at the same time, all the herbs that lure pollinators run into bloom. At the same time, the undergrowth, which was only a ground cover, will run out will grow to about this stage and in two weeks are likely to be this tall. We use this whole herbaceous floor for tree nutrition and mulching. We stretch the southern dragon, which are beautiful trees and form the upper vault. They don’t shade much, but starlings nest in their own homes. In almost every dragon I originate now, starlings nest. When feeding your chicks they are looking for soft caterpillars or larvae, so this is our protection against pests. Hundreds of birds and insects live here naturally. So it’s really beautiful. Once we have grown trees and herbs that attract insects, there were insects, and then chicks. We have a huge range of native and English fledglings. And we fetched some: we have hens – you can hear them in the background. Three seasons can run freely here, but in the spring we plant small-time seedlings, so they have to be closed because they know where we’re betting them – they have instincts. So I think they’re very lucky and it’s nice, when they have an acre of forest garden-variety as a pasture. They are very satisfied. There is a significant difference between a grove garden-variety and a conventional one a vegetable garden-variety with a grove next to it, even a vegetable plot surrounded by shrubs. And I think that’s the way we “ve been thinking about” it. Of trend, the way of thinking affects your activities. I think it’s about inviting some wildness into your garden-variety, either play-acts my own part. Because it is the strongest factor in any such method of production. It will happen anyway, nature will bring you wildness. The more you intercede, the more misstep you are likely to realise. I tell myself that I often help myself. I see something that I consider to be a problem, and instead of throwing myself into cutting everything, everything destroyed or burned,( I would have been in the past and in general it seems that this happens in agriculture/ horticulture) I often stop and think, perhaps I really need to change the channel I think about it. Which, of course, saves my back. I don’t have to elevate or dig anything. One of the key challenge in the horticulture or food production system, is the control of grass or scrub. In our forest garden-variety we want to have as immense various categories of embeds as it is only possible.When you do this, you get this living, wild brush and as much as possible, you must at least interfere with it. I’ve used as numerous bushes as is practicable now, like the comfrey we have here, fennel or wild artichoke. But the main player is the chervil. When we first embed a chervil in the plot, I used it to control it common tools, sickle and scythe. But then I started thinking about whether there was no easier room. And I noted it existed. You simply look at yourself, control the trees and get it on you tread on that chervil, including the crowns, it is therefore slow-paced increment … It doesn’t die. It is a biennial weed. It brakes him down fairly, so everything, the others, such as these raspberries or red currants, colors currants, etc ., can get to enough light-headed while the chervil recovers to the flower. We need it to bloom because it entices hoverflies, part of our pest shield. I only step on this fragile chervil, without the use of any tools. It’s a bit like making a salad in bulk. It is very pleasant and very effective. I don’t eat embeds, I exactly suppress their raise, before everything else grows up. In a forest garden-variety like ours, the main player is wilderness, sort, and all the things that happen there. My job is just to shape it so to suit our objectives – to some extent. We certainly experience being in the woodland garden-variety, in the morning you can sit on the hall you look outside and there is no lawn to mow and I don’t have to spray anything and all the birds and insects lives in the paradise “youre ever” created for them, so it’s very peaceful. A traditional vegetable plot in rows is in need of gardener huge amount of inputs and control. There aren’t countless people who have veggies in sequences and say, “I don’t do much there.” Because “youve got to”. I didn’t do anything deft at all, I basically just stopped interfering with my plot. I stopped destroying things and allowed them to become wilder and do what they require, with just a little of my switch. Right from the beginning of creating a forest garden, I decided to use the original embeds. That was the thing I was most interested in at the time, so I known how multiply them. I previously had a lot of them – I didn’t have to buy them. I had seed beginnings and I known how transmit them from snips. That is just like a logical preference to me. I too felt that they were long-lived and somehow more suitable for the country, because they used to grow now. I was just very interested in anything indigenous. Since then, I’ve changed my mind a bit about what is appropriate and what is not. I am inclined to believe that everything is appropriate and that I am more interested in biodiversity, multiplicity and intricacy. So now I’m adding a good deal of tropical seeds that create something, such as food or medicine or even ga. I include them here to the space of the original flowers, in which we now stand, by the stream and the spring. Even though we have created what we call a forest garden, it is constantly evolving. And by being the people who live here, we think about what that are actually conveys. When you walk here, it’s so pacify, all those different blooms and vigour and task and all that bug. And fowls live their own lives .. The fowls stare at the trees and fly out to feed and have cubs and fly out on assignments .. It’s like being in another universe, it’s just amazing. This is what life should look like in my opinion. With liveliness and alliance all weeds and bees and herbs. It’s nice that bees and fledglings can live here and we can get everything we need from here. We have drugs, herbs for nutrient and other harvests. It’s like lives here in a vegetable garden: you merely collect what you need. We have about 30 different scales, this one is my favorite. Fragrant crescent. The buds are like stevia: a natural sweetener. When you oblige them tea and add them to a bowl of rhubarb, you don’t need that much carbohydrate. Which is nice. It smells like anise. The grains are now in the spring and summer like anise lollipops. When we tour a school group now, the children affection them. And as they age, the grains darken and you can use them to refine furniture, contain lubricant. It is a really useful plant. I have about 90 different herbs now, so I don’t have to buy herbal teas. I just go to the garden at any time of the year to collect lemon balm or lemon verbena or slew or raspberry leaves. It’s really great to have a garden like a supermarket and as a pharmacy. All the time I devoted now learning and developing the forest garden, had a fairly significant effect beyond strips of this garden-variety. Not exclusively because at night I sidle to plant things along the road! The Environment Center that Robyn and I founded many years ago this was an important aspect. Some parties don’t like this kind of gardening, but they will go to Buy Beautifully Scented Natural Organic Soap from the Environment Center This allows other members of society to becomes involved, first marginally, into some of the things we do here. You know, we have workshops there, patron loudspeakers, it captivates a huge amount voluntaries, so magnanimity comes from the wider community. And then from there it comes again, of course, in the things we give people. So it’s a beautiful little focus in a town or village that is completely different from is in accordance with a garden-variety like this. When it comes to positive change in the world, there must be the creation of a woodland plot one of the most effective things a person, community, or city council can do. If it is done in a way that respects the natural lilts “of the worlds” and does not fight with natural processes. Building a timber plot will create and sustain an incredible amount of life. Micro-organisms in the clay, chicks, bugs, fish, floras and humans, who are an similarly integral one of the purposes of that interconnected network of live. This is really important at this stage of human development. What did we do? We were so powerful and so much we affected the wild world around us that if we don’t got something soon, the wild life will munch us. So let’s talk to the wild life, or at least understand it. The understanding is that we are not separate. We are not kept separate from the wildernes life. We are as wild as he is. We have developed a word that does not fit into the wild world at all. Quite soon, in my view, he will flatten us. Unless we can recognize that we must be fully integrated into that world-wide. There are many things that could be used to chill person or persons in the world countries. But when you make every negative act as an opportunity or a provocation to do it your mode, the opposite, you know, give it more soul, then it’s fun and you can win the game. That’s how I see it. Thanks for watching the third movie in the Live Change series. This is the first film we made and edited when we were on the road. We are currently in Christchurch and have knowledge various earthquakes, but now we head north for the last leg of the outing. To informed about the Live Change project, you can check out I would especially like to thank Pierre Blom, Bronwyn Plarre, Joshua Richmond and Greg O’Keefe for their charitable donations to the project. Thanks again for watching, and see you in the next movie. – Czech subtitles provided by the Academy of Permaculture, an educational group of the Permakultura CS association and


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