Aloha!

Welcome to Aloha Farms food forest

 

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Roots Grow Fruits by Joe Ceraso

 

Enjoy exploring the site, and let it inspire you to enjoy creating your own food forest – wherever you are on planet Earth!

What is a food forest?

A garden of tall trees, shorter trees, bushes, vines, and sunny spaces where flowers enjoy sunshine, all growing successfully together.
Every plant you see  growing is delicious, satisfying, nourishing food that you can pick and eat.  That’s fast-food!  That’s a food forest.

 

Why a forest instead of crops in rows?

You don’t need to plow, fertilize, water, or apply pesticides to get a forest to grow.  It sustains itself, supports  a huge array of plant and animal life, cleans the air, and stimulates water to fall from the clouds.

The various species that live in a forest keep each others’ populations healthy and in balance.  

The forest floor receives a steady supply of dropped leaves and branches from the trees and plants above. This soon decomposes into a sheet of mulch on the forest floor feeds the soil-dwellers, who create waste and air pockets to feed the plant roots, and on it goes in a powerful regenerative cycle.

Forests are perfect examples of how nature grows every kind of thriving tree and plant, with no help from humans.  Nature can grow forests all by itself.   Let’s strive to imitate nature when we grow plants by combining agriculture with forestry!!!

Food forests require no plowing, tilling or chemicals to sustain them, and they use relatively little water.

Still they grow thriving plants.  Why, because a food forest grows in harmony with the forces of nature.

Here are 9 reasons to enjoy growing a food forest:

 

Grow food that is juicy and delicious, super-nutritious, and eat it freshly picked or use it in cooking and many other ways

Choose and grow your favorite fruits, nuts, veggies, and seeds

Have great fun working in the garden, getting good exercise

Be still and observe nature around you, as you take a walk in the forest

Create a healthy patch of earth which becomes a healthy home for many creatures great and small to enjoy life

Experience great abundance –  1 seed can grow into delicious food and give you many more seeds as well

Feed yourself and have extra food to freely share with others

Earn extra income from selling fresh healthy food to a thankful community

Have garden parties to celebrate

We hope the earth will grow more peaceful and healthy when people all over the planet join together in growing food forests. 

 

This video shows how we began our food forest journey.


 

Please feel free to explore this site, where you will find ideas to help you create your own successful food forest, and links to other sites that are very helpful.  We hope that you, your family, and your friends will create food forests of your own – no matter how large or small –for your family’s health and for the health of our shared planet Earth.

 

 

Planting Original Orchard December 2011
December 2011 – Planting original orchard during rainy season in a field full of mowed weeds.

 

Orchard now, almost 5 years later September 2016

September 2016 – fruits, nuts, veggies, herbs growing.  Soil covered in wood chips from trees. No weeds 🙂

We learned so much from these two films:  

We highly recommend you watch these films if you are interested in learning more!

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BacktoEdenFilm.com

 

 

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Love, World Peace and Aloha!