Forest Garden Design Manual

Forest Gardens

Creating a Permaculture Food Forest - Josh Robinson

A food forest is a perennial polyculture of multi-purposed plants designed to not only produce lots of food, but provide many other services including pollination, pest control, fertility, mulch, and much more. This goes way beyond companion planting. Food forests are designed to be highly productive with the least amount of labor. This slideshow will explain how to create a sustainable orchard that is patterned after nature

This presentation was given by Josh Robinson on April 25, 2012 at the San Diego CRFG chapter meeting. For more info about our chapter and CRFG visit:

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Edible Forest Gardens

"Come among the unsown grasses bearing richly,
the oaks heavy with acorns, the sweet roots in unplowed earth . . ."

Ursula K. LeGuin, Always Coming Home

Picture yourself in a forest where almost everything around you is food. 

Mature and maturing fruit and nut trees form an open canopy, and if you look carefully you can see fruits swelling on many branches — pears, apples, persimmons, pecans, chestnuts. 

The shrubs that fill the gaps in the canopy bear raspberries, blueberries, currants, hazelnuts and other lesser known fruits, flowers and nuts at different times of the year.


A diverse assemblage of native wildflowers, wild edibles, herbs, and perennial vegetables thickly covers the ground. 

You use many of these plants for food or medicine, while others attract beneficial insects, birds and butterflies, act as soil builders or simply help keep out weeds. 

Here and there vines climb on trees, shrubs or arbors with fruit hanging through the foliage — hardy kiwis, grapes, and passionflower fruits. 

In sunnier glades large stands of Jerusalem artichokes grow together with groundnut vines. 

These plants support one another as they store energy in their roots for later harvest and winter storage, their bright yellow and deep violet flowers enjoying the radiant warmth from the sky.

Forests PC Pamphlet

Forests in Permaculture Pamphlet

(thanks to a Permaculture Institute)

Vídeo de YouTube



The late Robert Hart, one of the early pioneers on forest gardening in the UK, explains the various layers of his garden.


Caring For



Fruit Trees

Nut Trees

Nitrogen Fixing

See Legumes


Stella Ne,
2 Oct 2011, 06:04