An Age-Old Process 

Creating a forest garden is like going back in time. It is a way to connect the main organic farming methods together under one umbrella. It is a way to take organic farming to the most developed stage of biodiversity, productivity,  and food security for the future.

Benefits of a forest garden:

  • Combines the methods of permaculture, Natural Farming and Integrated Farming.
  • Creates a wonderful living framework and model for education.
  • Empowers local farmers to adopt the methods that they can see are working.
  • Opens up sustainable markets with more diverse production
  • Creates scope for social development.

Tradition With A Touch of Modern

Back to basics

Before big agriculture came and GMO seedlings, chemical pesticides and lab made herbicides to farmers in Indonesia  (and everywhere), people used natural farming tecniques and grew a far more diverse range of foods. This was both good for their own families and for the market. It was slower to grow heritage rice but it went further. There were skills and deep knowledge around growing a wide variaty of forest garden plants around trees with vines, herbs, spices and other plants mixed in. Today keeping hold of that knowledge and implementing the traditional ways with some modern systems like aquaponics we aim to recreate forest gardens, starting at 5EyesFarm. We believe this will benefit the local farmers, create more income, jobs and healthier foods. We believe this could be passed on and implimented anywhere.

Hand knowledge

The old Forest farming is a knowledge of the hands. It combines plant lore that has been passed down with hundreds of intricate tecniques for growing food – but most of all it becomes an instinct working with hands and a knowledge that is difficult to communicate. 

Soil

Composting naturally, mulching continually, planting diversely treats the soil more than any single method. It is good to test pH, add natural minerals, rotate nitrogen fixers and harness microorganisms but ultimately most of this is achieved by simply building a diverse forrest garden.

Bit by Bit

Start with a productive tree

Good strong plantings of selected productive trees in well composted and drained soils and  good full sun locations is the way to start a forest garden.

Layering the forest

As with the soil itself which we create by making ayers of compost and carbon, the forest Garden is created using layers of plants.

  1. Canopy layer’ consisting of the original mature fruit trees.
  2. Low-tree layer’ of smaller nut and fruit trees on dwarfing root stocks.
  3. Shrub layer’ of fruit bushes such as currants and berries.
  4. Herbaceous layer’ of perennial vegetables and herbs.
  5. Rhizosphere’ or ‘underground’ dimension of plants grown for their roots and tubers.
  6. Ground cover layer’ of edible plants that spread horizontally.
  7. ‘Vertical layer’ of vines and climbers.

The more trees we grow the greater the reduction of our collective carbon footprint. Just one avacado tree will absorb as much carbon in its life time to equate for a car driving 42,000 KM (average estimate).

A Forest Garden makes a home for more species to thrive – diverse habitats, increased variety and greater depth of life in the ecology of the area. Help us extend this to the local farmers

Select your tree

A beautiful plan

Our trees

1. Soursop- small variety – 16
2. Soursop- big variety – 5
3. Guava – 3
4. Mango – 11
5. Longan/Lengkeng – 7
6. Mangosteen 1
7. Jackfruit – 11
8. Rose apple/water apple/jambu air – 3

Total: 57 seedlings ranging in age from 3-5 months planted November 2019

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