The Food Forest Handbook
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Create abundance through this unique approach to low-maintenance, high-yield, sustainable food production


  • This book makes the permaculture concept of food forests accessible to the average home owner.
  • Specific application to small lots in cities and suburbs, but also applicable to rural gardens.
  • Darrell Frey is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden (New Society Publishers) which has sold 6000
  • Mainly written for temperate zone gardeners with some reference to warmer climates.
  • Shows the reader how to mix and match trees, shrubs, vines and other useful plants in unique combinations to create productive ecological horticulture systems.
  • A well- managed food forest can be an integrated system, or guild, of fruit, vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants and plantings to promote beneficial insect habitat and balance nutrients.
  • Provides the reader with simple, easy to use instructions to plan, design and manage a bountiful landscape

Create abundance through this unique approach to low-maintenance, high-yield, sustainable food production

A food forest is a productive landscape developed around a mix of trees and perennials. Rooted in permaculture principles, this integrated approach to gardening incorporates a variety of plants such as fruit and nut trees, shrubs, vines, and perennial herbs and vegetables. Food forests can help increase biodiversity, protect valuable habitat for beneficial insects, and promote food security and resilience, all while providing an abundant harvest.

The Food Forest Handbook is a practical manual for the design and management of a home-scale perennial polyculture garden. Simple, straightforward instructions guide the reader through:

Getting started - site assessment and planning Tending the forest garden – maintaining soil health, succession planning, , mulching, pruning and more The fruits of your labor – crop profiles, harvest, storage, nutrition and recipes.

This timely book makes the concept of food forests accessible to everyone. Focusing on the potential of perennial polyculture to enhance local food systems, The Food Forest Handbook shows the reader how to mix and match plants in unique combinations to establish bountiful landscapes and create genuine self-reliance in years to come.

Darrell Frey is the owner and manager of Three Sisters Farm, a five-acre permaculture farm, solar greenhouse and market garden located in Western Pennsylvania. He has been permaculture teacher for thirty years, and is the author of Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm .

Michelle Czolba is co-owner of Pittsburgh Permaculture and co-founded the Hazelwood Food Forest. She has extensive experience in the design and maintenance of perennial polyculture.


Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. Perennial Polycultures: Past, Present, and Future
Forest Ecology
More About Ecology
Perennial Polycultures
Agroforestry
Food Forests Through Time and Around the World
Food Forest Developments in the 20th Century
Food Forests in the 21st Century: The New Cottage Garden

2. Food Forest Design and Planning
Permaculture Design and the Food Forest
Permaculture Concepts
The Design Process
Site Analysis
Bringing It All Together
Creating a Sector Map
The Design Concept Map
Possibilities Abound: Microniches on Your Land
Plant Research
Plant Selection
Fruit Tree Polyculture

3. Food Forest Design: From Concept Sketch to Detailed Designs
Concept Sketch
Food Forest Pros and Cons
Patterns of Design
Some Other Multifunctional Arrangements
Urban Considerations
Seed Resources

4. A Food Forest Feast: Selecting Plants for Your Food Forest
Why We Eat Fruit
Nuts
Herbs
Greens
Edible Flowers
Roots
Wild Edible Plants
Fungi
Medicinal Plants
Uncommon Fruits
Soil-conditioning Plants
Nutrient-cycling Plants
Habitat Plants and Ecological Niches: The Birds and the Bees
Creating Your Food Forest Guild
Species Palettes
Choosing Your Plant Varieties

5 Tending and Growing a Forest Garden
Initial Site Preparation
Diverse Plant Life Spans
Three Steps to Creating a Dynamic Mineral-rich Ecosystem
Perennials and Biennials
Fungi
Space for Annuals
Soil Fertility Ideas
Maintaining Plant Health: The Power of Observation
Managing the Food Forest Ecosystem
Managing Cedar Apple Rust ( Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginiana )
Plan for Abundance
Planting a Tree
Pruning Techniques
Harvest
Fruit Tree Care
Maintenance Schedule

6. Propagating Your Food Forest Garden
Buying Plants
Growing Your Own: Tools and Methods
Heirloom Fruit
A Nursery Business!

7. A Tour of Food Forests in Various Climates
Drylands
Central Mexico Food Forest: El Huizachal
Food Forest Around Luis and Carla Hurtado's House
Temperate Continental Climate: Perennial Polycultures at Three Sisters Farm
For the Bees: A Bee Yard Design
Some Food Forests in Pennsylvania
Subtropical America: South Florida Food Forests
Mid-Atlantic Food Forest
Suzi's Natural Food Forest and Permaculture Gardening — Texas Style
Pacific Northwest: Beacon Food Forest
Hazelwood Food Forest Revisited: Where Is It Now?
Food Forests in the Sustainable, Regenerative Society
Closing Thoughts

Appendix: Compost Remediation for Lead Contamination
Index
About the Authors
About the Publisher

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Date de parution 01 mai 2017
Nombre de lectures 2
EAN13 9781771422116
Langue English
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Praise for The Food Forest Handbook
Sorting out the particulars of a Food Forest can be tricky, overwhelming and seemingly complex. But Darrell Frey s and Michelle Czolba s Book, The Food Forest Handbook changes all that! Through this in-depth practical book you will learn the strategies for effective planning, design, establishment and management of perennial polycultures. I found it fascinating how this design system has been utilized through the ages in many cultures to current times with a tour of successful food forests in varying climates. I recommend this book to all those who are bringing diversity to their planting schemes.
- Jude Hobbs, Permaculture land-use consultant, designer, and educator, Cascadia Permaculture
Frey and Czolba share the valuable fruit of their decades of experience with this carbon-friendly gardening form. But they go beyond this to tour sites around the world to reap insight and inspiration. They also do a better job than any food forestry book I ve seen of reminding us of the tropical origins of this form of multi-strata agroforestry.
- Eric Toensmeier, author, The Carbon Farming Solution
Michelle Czolba s and Darrell Frey s decades of hands-on experience in permaculture and food production has allowed them to create a unique, important, and timely book. The authors have condensed two lifetimes of experience into a beautifully presented and essential volume. The Food Forest Handbook is an outstanding work that should be in the libraries of urban planners, designers, gardeners, property owners, naturalists, and even survivalists. Save the Earth isn t just a slogan; this book shows the reader how to make it a practice.
- Joseph Jenkins, author, The Humanure Handbook , The Slate Roof Bible , and Balance Point
Darrell Frey and Michelle Czolba have recovered this truth from ancient wisdom: forests are successional recyclers. What happens if we were to drop the boundary between the built environment and nature? Wouldn t we all be much better off? The Food Forest Handbook guides our first steps along that path.
- Albert Bates, author, The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide , The Biochar Solution , and The Paris Agreement

Copyright 2017 by Darrell Frey and Michelle Czolba.
All rights reserved.
Cover design by Diane McIntosh.
Cover art iStock. Cover illustration: Daniel Larsson.
With interior illustrations by Sarah A. Jubeck and Christine McHenry-Glenn.

Printed in Canada. First printing April 2017.
Inquiries regarding requests to reprint all or part of The Food Forest Handbook should be addressed to New Society Publishers at the address below. To order directly from the publishers, please call toll-free (North America) 1-800-567-6772, or order online at www.newsociety.com
Any other inquiries can be directed by mail to:
New Society Publishers
P.O. Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC V0R 1X0, Canada
(250) 247-9737
L IBRARY AND A RCHIVES C ANADA C ATALOGUING IN P UBLICATION
Frey, Darrell, author
The food forest handbook : design and manage a home-scale perennial polyculture garden / by Darrell Frey Michelle Czolba.
Includes index.
Issued in print and electronic formats.
ISBN 978-0-86571-812-8 (softcover).- ISBN 978-1-55092-622-4 ( PDF ).- ISBN 978-1-77142-211-6 ( HTML )
1. Permaculture-Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Edible forest gardens-Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Czolba, Michelle, author II. Title.
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New Society Publishers mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Perennial Polycultures: Past, Present, and Future
Forest Ecology
More About Ecology
Perennial Polycultures
Agroforestry
Food Forests Through Time and Around the World
Food Forest Developments in the 20th Century
Food Forests in the 21st Century: The New Cottage Garden
2. Food Forest Design and Planning
Permaculture Design and the Food Forest
Permaculture Concepts
The Design Process
Site Analysis
Bringing It All Together
Creating a Sector Map
The Design Concept Map
Possibilities Abound: Microniches on Your Land
Plant Research
Plant Selection
Fruit Tree Polyculture
3. Food Forest Design: From Concept Sketch to Detailed Designs
Concept Sketch
Food Forest Pros and Cons
Patterns of Design
Some Other Multifunctional Arrangements
Urban Considerations
Seed Resources
4. A Food Forest Feast: Selecting Plants for Your Food Forest
Why We Eat Fruit
Nuts
Herbs
Greens
Edible Flowers
Roots
Wild Edible Plants
Fungi
Medicinal Plants
Uncommon Fruits
Soil-conditioning Plants
Nutrient-cycling Plants
Habitat Plants and Ecological Niches: The Birds and the Bees
Creating Your Food Forest Guild
Species Palettes
Choosing Your Plant Varieties
5. Tending and Growing a Forest Garden
Initial Site Preparation
Diverse Plant Life Spans
Three Steps to Creating a Dynamic Mineral-rich Ecosystem
Perennials and Biennials
Fungi
Space for Annuals
Soil Fertility Ideas
Maintaining Plant Health: The Power of Observation
Managing the Food Forest Ecosystem
Managing Cedar Apple Rust ( Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginiana )
Plan for Abundance
Planting a Tree
Pruning Techniques
Harvest
Fruit Tree Care
Maintenance Schedule
6. Propagating Your Food Forest Garden
Buying Plants
Growing Your Own: Tools and Methods
Heirloom Fruit
A Nursery Business!
7. A Tour of Food Forests in Various Climates
Drylands
Central Mexico Food Forest: El Huizachal
Food Forest Around Luis and Carla Hurtado s House
Temperate Continental Climate: Perennial Polycultures at Three Sisters Farm
For the Bees: A Bee Yard Design
Some Food Forests in Pennsylvania
Subtropical America: South Florida Food Forests
Mid-Atlantic Food Forest
Suzi s Natural Food Forest and Permaculture Gardening - Texas Style
Pacific Northwest: Beacon Food Forest
Hazelwood Food Forest Revisited: Where Is It Now?
Food Forests in the Sustainable, Regenerative Society
Closing Thoughts
Appendix: Compost Remediation for Lead Contamination
Index
About the Authors
About the Publisher
Acknowledgments
Any book about horticulture is a collaborative effort. This book is no exception. When my co-author Michelle asked me to help her with creating a food forest handbook for average gardeners I knew we had a big task ahead. The good folks at New Society Publishers were enthusiastic about our proposal and have been very patient with us as this book came together. We are grateful to Ingrid Witvoet and Murray Reiss for their patient edits as this work trickled in. Michelle Czolba spearheaded this book, both with her clear vision of its content and her vast experience and knowledge of designing, creating, and tending perennial polycultures. Thanks are due to the food forest designers presented in Chapter 7 for sharing their work and providing maps and photos: Glenn Herlihy and Jacqueline Cramer, Lincoln Smith, Nancy Martin, Koreen Brennan, Mary Beth Steislinger, Suzi Fields. We are grateful to the Xi ui people of El Huizachal, Mexico, for hospitality and fruit, and to early inspiration from the late Tom Mansell, who established his Paw Paw Haven in the 1950s. We also acknowledge the many gardeners who have crossed our paths over the years.
We stand at the end of a long line of researchers and authors with the information presented in this book. Foremost among these we acknowledge researchers, designers, and authors extraordinaire David Jacke and Eric Toensmeier for their Edible Forest Gardens Volumes I and II. The development of permaculture design by David Holmgren and late Bill Mollison was the impetus for countless projects and we owe them our gratitude for vision and inspiration. They in turn were inspired by the work of J. Russell Smith, Robert d Hart, Masanobu Fukuoka, and many native peoples in Australia and beyond. Thanks to Elizabeth Lynch for her work on the plant yield matrix, Nancy Martin for her contributions on water management, and to illustrators Sarah A. Jubeck and Christine McHenry-Glenn. Sarah A. Jubeck provided most of the illustrations, including the lovely apple blossoms that grace the beginning of each chapter. John Creasy, himself an urban food forester, facilitated our journey to meet native forest gardeners in central Mexico. Finally I must express my deepest appreciation to Jessy Swisher for her ongoing support and encouragement and for fruitful adventures.
- Darrell Frey
In addition to those mentioned above, I say thank you to one of my earliest teachers on the path, Chris Shaw Sanford, who helped me get over my city breeding that growing food was difficult. Also an early mentor, Joe Jenkins, whose work with composting science grew my mindset immensely. Finally, my pioneering co-founder in the food forest and permaculture business, Juliette Olshock. Also, last but certainly not least, I thank my co-author and mentor Darrell Frey. Darrell was one of my first permaculture teachers and collaborators. His wealth of knowledge and experience along with a cooperative nature helped make this process fun.
- Michelle Czolba
Introduction
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