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Food forest

A food forest is a human-designed ecosystem where good food, experience and nature are central

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Food forests in your context

Food forests can be used in very broad circumstances. You can install a food forest (edge) in a garden, you have therapeutic food forests. They are very welcome in company gardens and on the playground.

Food forests can also play an important role in agriculture. It is a challenge but possible to develop a thriving agricultural business where food forest production is central.

What is a food forest?

A food forest is a human-designed ecosystem inspired by an ordinary forest (edge) or savanna system. We use larger planting distances between the trees so that enough sunlight can enter.

The food forest is made up of different layers and mainly consists of a polyculture (different species mixed together).

The main share of plants consists of perennials and woody plants, so you have as little maintenance as possible and as much production as possible.

Food production plays a very important role and the intention is of course to strengthen biodiversity.

How do we proceed?

Every project is tailor-made and fully adapted to your needs, your context and the preconditions that the location entails. You can compare us to a film director who manages an entire team to bring a project to a successful conclusion.

We always put together a tailor-made team with people from Commensalist and from our international network that together form a super brain that is familiar with the local climate, flora and fauna, social and economic context, legislation, language, suppliers of (plant ) materials and the partners to carry out the works and manage the project if necessary.

We make it easy for you so that you only have to have one point of contact: Commensalist, and you can rest assured that we will take care of most of the challenges.

Louis De Jaeger - Commensalist - garden architect - landscape architect - garden - ecological -

Food forest revenue models

Food forests are the holy trinity: agriculture, nature and experience come together here. It is precisely the melting pot of these different aspects that makes this form of agriculture so rich.

Wanting to help the world is strongly in our genes, so we are looking for a way to continue to do this in a sustainable way. People, planet, profit can be extended to food forests. The permaculture ethics state this as: people care, earth care and fair share.

Developing a sustainable business model to plant, maintain and run a successful food forest is perfectly possible. The trick to doing this well lies in carefully balancing the capabilities of the team, assessing the target audience, efficiency and ecology.

Some examples of international design or consulting we are working on

  • Private island in Argentina on 500 hectares

  • 5 star hotel in the Azores , Portugal

  • A private off-grid paradise in central France on 7 hectares

  • Farm on 500 hectares in Mallorca

  • Private villa in Luxembourg

  • Nature reserve of 500 hectares in Spain

  • Consulting on a 2000km2 project in India

  • Eco resort in Indonesia

  • ...

What can a food forest offer?

Food production

Fruit, nuts, vegetables that can be processed, eaten and sold.


There is nothing more wonderful than walking hand in hand through an edible paradise.


You come into contact with your hands  with nature, this makes you zen and calm.


Many are looking for a way to help the world and earn a living from it.

Event space

Long tables with delicious and local food between the trees. A location to celebrate important events


People are attracted to a place like this, where like-minded people come together to connect and have fun.

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