Fruit Forest

What is a fruit forest?

What is a fruit forest...

A fruit forest, also called a food forest or forest garden, is a garden that attempts to mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature. Fruit forests are three dimensional designs, with life extending in all directions.

Generally, there are seven layers of a forest garden – 1.The canopy (tallest trees), 2.The sub-canopy (shorter trees), 3.The shrub layer, 4.The herbaceous layer, 5.The rhizospher (root) layer, 6.The ground cover layer, and 7.The vine/vertical layer. Some also like to recognize the mycelial (mushroom) layer as an eighth layer. Using this layer system, more plants can be fit into an area without causing failure due to competition. Once a fruit forest is established, it requires very little work to maintain. The food has to be harvested, but that’s the fun part!

Current status

The Coryan is off to a good start with a wide variety of food. Fruit includes; plantains, bananas, oranges, limes, papayas, mangos, mammeas, avocados, guanabanas, pitayas, guavas, sapotes, mangosteens, tomatoes, coconuts, watermelons, and pineapples. Non-fruit includes sugar cane, yucca, radishes, onions, arugula, garlic, malabar spinach, zuchini, and carrots. By the time you read this, there will probably be more.

Thank you...

We’d like to thank the following people and organizations for all they have taught us about growing food and creating a food forest:

Geoff Lawton with Zaytuna Farm, Sepp Holzer, Bill Mollison (RIP), David Holmgren, Zach Weiss with Elemental Ecosystems, Pete Kanaris with Green Dreams, The Michigan Gardener, James Prigioni, Rob Greenfield, Mark Shepard with New Forest Farms, Stefan Sobkowiak with Miracle Farms,  Joel Salatin with Polyface Farms, Shad with Atitlan Organics and the Propagation Station, Self Sufficient Me, The Natural Farmer, CaliKim, California Gardener, John VanDeusen Edwards with Food Is Free, Marjory Wildcraft, Verge Permaculture, Ron Finley, Project Diaries, David The Good, Grow With Kit, TheKiwiGrower, Larry Hall (RIP) with Rain Gutter Grow System, Paul Gautschi with Back To Eden Gardening, and John Kohler with Grow Your Greens.