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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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Why a food forest?

Most of the food we eat comes from annual production. This means that every year a seed must be sown, the soil must be disturbed and the plant dies.

Food forests turn the current way of food production upside down. You plant a food tree or shrub just once and you can harvest it for decades to come. This way you don't have to disturb the soil, so soil life can continue undisturbed.

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.

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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.

What can a food forest offer?

Food production

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

Relaxation

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

Therapy

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

Income

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

Community

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

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

We eat ourselves to death

Read our vision about the future of agriculture in this book

Founder and CEO of Commensalist Louis De Jaeger wrote this book in which he answers the most important questions about the future of agriculture.

He takes you from New York to the Benelux, from despair to the different solutions.

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