When you grow a food forest, you will have healthy food to eat without much work.  Food forests are all about planting nut and fruit trees and filling in the rest of the land from there with berries, vegetables, herbs – whatever you like that grows in your area. Food trees are the best thing to start with because they begin to enrich your soil and enrich the garden for the next wave of food plants.

To start your own food forest, start with a patch of earth and create healthy soil – It’s all about the covering of organic material…


Turkeys Rosie & Daisy enjoy life at Aloha Farms while adding fertilizer to the land


Food forests grow quickly because they work in synergy with nature, which speeds growth along . Here are the basic steps to creating a food forest.

Use whatever patch of earth you have available. 

Dispose of any trash.

Plant trees – fruits or nuts – whatever you like that grows in your area.

Chickens can help clear out over-populations of weeds and insects, while simultaneously loosening up the soil and adding their waste as fertilizer.

Drop chipped plants and animal manure onto the surface of the soil = Sheet Mulch

Soil covered in Sheet Mulch =  Nurturing Soil for Worms + Microbes + Fungi to grow in

Nurturing Home for the Worms + Microbes + Fungi + Rain + Time = Worm Waste + Microbe waste + Fungus Roots = Fertile Soil for Nurturing Plants

Fertile Soil for Nurturing Plants + Favored Seeds – Unwanted Seeds +Time = Vigorous Food Plants

Vigorous Food Plants = Delicious, Juicy Healthy Food to eat + Beautiful and Fragrant Flowers + Medicinal and Useful Plants for Better Health

All of this adds up to healthy land, water, and air, and a healthy environment for creatures of all kinds to live in.

Imagine a planet Earth where gardens abound!


See a summary of how we began here:


See how the forest transforms old growth into humic soil in this video:

This link does an awesome job explaining the benefit of sheet mulch.  We recommend you watch it!



This film highlights the importance of living in syntropy with the earth by growing food forests:




Aloha to you!


Author: Tutu Sainz

We are a couple of urban food foresters on 1/2 acre in the San Diego County area. We love our food forest, it feels like a garden of eden and it's always fun to work here and eat the food we grow, and to walk around and look at the beautiful plants and trees that are growing here. We believe food forests are the key to abundance for everyone everywhere!

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