An Integrated Permaculture Approach to
Growing Food and Medicinals in Temperate Forests ~ by Ken Mudge and Steve Gabriel
The local bioregion offers an abundance of native fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, vegetables, mushrooms, leaves, flowers, shoots, roots, herbs, barks, sap and wild rice, plus other wild foods and medicinal plants that contribute to our healing and well-being. Learning First Nations knowledge as related to nature’s gifts, and foraging the local foodshed or cultivating and caring for a diversity of plant communities can enhance both human and ecosystem health. In co-creation with forest ecology and sustainably-managed woodlots, forest agriculture can also be a form of much-needed rewilding.
Restoring the heirloom or foundational varieties and well-adapted native plants that are part of a region’s biodiversity (plus integrating new crops) will stabilize the soil, provide food and shelter for native wild animals, and offer incredible beauty. Farming the Woods is an essential guide for farmers and gardeners who have access to woodland spaces and are interested in “filling the forests with food” by cultivating specialty crops, and harvesting and marketing these wonderful, healthy (and delicious!) wild foods.
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Pegi Eyers is the author of "Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community," an award-winning book that explores strategies for intercultural competency, healing our relationships with Turtle Island First Nations, decolonization, recovering an ecocentric worldview, rewilding, creating a sustainable future and reclaiming peaceful co-existence in Earth Community.