Learn all about what food forests are and how you can create one.

You want to create your own food forest but you have no idea where to start.

If you are new to edible food forests, or forest gardening, there is so much to learn.

From designing this low maintenance, permaculture garden to choosing plants, you need a basic understanding of the correct order of layers for success down the road.

Raspberry bushes in a food forest


In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 65 – ‘What is Food Forest” we’ll teach you what makes up a food forest, show you where to go to learn how you can make your own food forest, and how you can find a food forest near you.

This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn more about food forest gardening.

Food Forest

A food forest is a layered type of gardening that mimics the natural environments of crop plants to be more sustainable and increase yields while using as little to no outside inputs in the food forest.

Food forests have 7 different layers that each mimic a natural, forest environment.

The layers include:

  1. A tree canopy layer that can produce fruits and nuts,
  2. A lower tree layer of dwarf fruit trees,
  3. A shrub layer to find berries like blueberries or raspberries,
  4. An herbaceous layer of perennials, herbs, and leafy-greens,
  5. A rhizosphere layer where you would grow different root crops,
  6. A soil-surface growing layer for different cover crops, and
  7. A vertical growing layer for vine-types of plant crops.


To find out more about food forests and how to start your own, you can go either to SustainableAmerica.org OR to permacultureapprentice.com!

To find a food forest near you in the United States and Canada, Go to CommunityFoodForests.com



Food Forest Gardening Resources

Below are a few books we recommend to help you learn more information on food forests.



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What is a Food Forest Conclusion

Food Forests show us how integrated a crop growing environment can be.

You now know they are layered with different plants to produce crops that influence other crops around them by the shade, moisture, and much more.

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Learn about what food forests are and how you can create your own.

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Today’s Topic:

What is a Food Forest?

In this podcast, you’ll learn what a Food Forest is, where you can go to learn how to create your own, and where to find one near you.


Show Notes

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What You’ll Learn:

  • An explanation of a food forest gardening
  • Where you can go to learn how to create your own
  • Where to find a food forest near you


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