This food forest system is well established and has a number of mature trees that are well over 30 year’s old. It also has a number of younger trees planted below the tree canopy. It is a food forest system that is growing wild with minimal maintenance and has been in the one family for over 40 years. It is a wild mix of nuts, berries, and fruit trees where natural rampancy created a glorious backdrop to a natural bubbling spring feeding crystal clear water into a pond.
A pond fed by a natural spring line at the base of the food forest
In the video below, Geoff notices a 30-year-old Hardy Kiwifruit vine, with a trunk as thick as your thigh, now growing untamed under the undergrowth. Its vine snakes up into the top canopy as the fruit covers and smothers the neighboring trees.
The amazing thing is how nature can grow so abundantly in so short a summer cycle before the deep snows settle in and transform the site into a Winter wonderland.
Walnuts, peaches, plums, chestnuts, pecans, persimmons all tower high above our heads. Geoff’s neck was craning up into the heavens to spot and name all the varieties of plants.
High above this system in the gentle slopes above was the original old growth forest covered in fallen leaves and wild mushrooms.
Geoff peeled back the top layer of mulch to reveal the hyphae net — the internet of the soil — a spidery white film of fungi connecting plants, trees and other organisms. It’s all shown in this video.
The video shows how beautiful a natural system can be — with a little permaculture love to keep it all working forever.