Establishing a Food Forest

You can solve all the world's problems in a garden

Official film description

Learn how to establish your own Food Forest with International Permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton as he takes you through the essential stages of designing and building your own garden of Eden from start to finish. Geoff’s video shows the evolution of a food forest from day one up to seven years, thirty years, 300 years and even a 2,000 year old food forest still working in the Middle East.

The film starts with a 20 minute Permaculture Classroom as Geoff explains the patterns of a Food Forest and the essential principles of “time stacking” your garden with the right mix of support species that feed and protect your fledgling fruit trees into maturity. Then, Geoff invites us into the field as he puts the theory into action, planting the seeds and watching the system grow.

We end up at Tagari Farm – established by Permaculture founding father, Bill Mollision – which was abandoned years ago, but planted according to Permaculture design principles. Would this Food Foest survive on its own? You’ll be surprised.

Further reviews

The first 20 minutes or so of the film being Geoff talking in front of a whiteboard to a permaculture course, explaining how forests are layered, and why we need to think of establishing forests in terms of time ... While not especially visually edifying, it offers a clear and straightforward grounding that makes the rest of the film far clearer. – Transition Culture

If you are planning to establish a food forest, this DVD is a must watch. – Food Production 101

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): Frank Gapinski
Script: Geoff Lawton
Production: Geoff Lawton, EcoFilms Australia
Actors: Geoff Lawton
Year: 2008
Duration: 82 min
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Australia
Shooting Locations: Australia

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Main topic(s): Permaculture
Secondary topics: soil do it yourself food forest
Mentions: permaculture design food forest

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