Living Agroecology: Growing Food, Fibre & Medicine the Forest way.

By Paul Henry / in , , , , /

Well, I’m at the farm in Byron Bay and this is one of the best examples of successional agroforestry On the east coast of Australia, in my opinion. Today there’s a course It’s the last day of a 12-week course run by Evan and Bunya It’s all about how to grow food in this successional agroforestry multi-layered food forest system Using the principle of succession, natural succession. You just see walking through here this amazing multi-layered and very organised food forests maximized for for food production and an economic economically viably run System just here. It’s just really incredible My name’s Bunya and Along with Evan and some of the other guests tutors We’ve been facilitating a 12-week course a day a week, which is designed as a a hands-on traineeship in agro ecology where we’re sharing Hands-on experiences in the living classroom. We’ve got here at The Farm working with 15 students for the last 12 weeks From various different backgrounds some of which are currently land holders that are looking at ways to increase their productivity and diversity and build the Integrity of their ecology on their farms and a number of other people who are kind of entry-level coming in to learn about farming and Throwing them straight in the deep end and it’s been an amazing group dynamic growing to learn together and to work together every day so a big focus of our production here in the two acres we’re working with we’re a couple of years established with an agroforestry system where we’re evolving a Conventional annual Market Garden system into an integrated polyculture Hi, my name’s Kevin, Kevin Glencross, I’m a Researcher I’m interested in the sort of systems that we’re looking at here today So this system here is a really interesting one One of the things we’re really looking to develop are these multiple strata so what i’m doing here We’ve got some young eucalypts Planted with bananas and we’ve got things like coriander and eggplant. So we’ve the whole range of plants You wouldn’t normally find growing together But the idea with you clips Generally you clips and veggie gardens are seen as sort of the antithesis of each other, but the new clips here Doing the job of creating a bit of microclimate initially. So it just really it’s been a hot dry season a Lot of these trees that actually have a bit of relative protection are doing better than plants out in the open The big thing is we’re just committed to the doing and really trying to get more people are really wanting to to do it also and empowering empowering those people as much as It’s just that learning getting in with plants doing that learning and actually knowing That what I’m teaching is what I’m that I can actually empower people then With real sound advice and not stuff that I read 2020 will be running a few 12-week courses again. Oh, yeah landholders students anyone wanting to really deepen their experience And really ground ground in their theory in this in the real practical Doing of the process this all that’s all Process based. Yeah, anyone who Just wants to hit the ground and get stuck into it. Really. I guess that that’s the key people were looking for but So we can then learn from them in the long run too

2 thoughts on “Living Agroecology: Growing Food, Fibre & Medicine the Forest way.

  1. You should send this video to all the councils in Australia, then we might have
    wonderful parks to stroll through and pick fruit. You are all lucky to be living
    your passion. Onya.

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