Benefits of our Urban Food Forest:
planting in seven different layers to use maximum space horizontal and vertically.
- canopy Layer (tallest Tree)
- subcanopy (apples, oranges,...)
- herbaceous layer
- root layer (ginger, potatoes,...)
- ground Cover (Thick Mulch)
- climbers (passion Fruit, vines)
Creating Jobs (Gardening, Harvesting, Cooking, Trimming, Blogging, Teaching)
Keeping Jobs in Off-Season (!) when there are less Dinners. Planting food for season. Making dishes for staff from homegrown food > more vitamins > less sick days.
Saving Water by mimicking natural forest
- Year by year having less work
++ Larger Plants give shade
++ Worms build channels in soil for drainage
- plant more and big varieties: Stronger plants will survive
- Saving money (Less shopping)
Growing from seeds (very cheap) Buy a pack of tomatoe seeds.
- does take only a little time. Huge harvests already in 2-3 years!!
- Having higher quality homegrown food: Better taste! More Vitamins!
- Perennial harvesting (it comes back every year and gives food year by year)
- Harvesting 10+ different crops at any time providing food the entire year with Medium sized plants and massive variety.
- Diversified plants make the system Independent to Natural desasters compared to Mono culture.
- Providing Habitat for insects and animals = more bird noise and Sound of Nature and less to no N2 traffic noise
- Independent from buying Fertilizer by using Chop and drop Method. Chop fresh new small branches and drop on ground as Mulch (will decompose over time)
- plan to add more than 100 different kinds of edible plants in 2020
- peach trees were some of the most planted trees in South Africa before 1900
- keeping fruit trees small in size lets us use more space while increasing variety
- at a later stage also involve community from children to educate on growing sutainable gardens , becoming independent from shops and giving away goods and seedlings to neighbors and staff.
- holiday makers can enjoy a „garden of eden“ in the „eden district“.