How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest

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How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest
Обучение платное
3 часа курса
Курс от Udemy
How to Grow a Medicinal Food Forest
Чему вы научились?
By the end of the course you will be able to turn your own back yard into a food forest. You will learn practical hands on skills like site preparation, soil amending, and planting specifics. In addition you will gain an extensive understanding of the history of food forests.
О курсе

Anyone with a patch of land can grow a food forest!  A food forest, or forest garden,  is a gardening technique that mimics a forest ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals.  A medicinal food forest has the added benefit of producing medicinal botanicals. Fruit and nut trees comprise the upper canopy of the forest while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials, herbs, root crops and annuals. Companion plants are included to attract beneficial insects, build the soil, and provide mulch.  Together they create a sustainable forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less maintenance.

In this course Michael Pilarski, permaculture and wildcrafting expert, teaches you how to turn your back yard into a food forest.  Filmed on site in Michael's back yard, this is not a classroom-based course.  Michael teaches the basics of food forest planting while planting his own medicinal food forest on 1/8 of an acre.  Does an 1/8 of an acre sound big to you?  Don't worry!  In this course Michael talks about how to scale what you're learning to your own back yard. 

Forest gardening is an ancient art and science that can teach you sustainable methods for growing your food and medicine.  As Masanobu Fukuoka once said, "The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings."  Forest gardening allows you to experience ecology first hand.  It provides you with a rare opportunity to live with nature and learn how to exist a little more sustainably. 

What is a Food Forest?
In this lesson, Michael offers an introduction to food forests. He talksabout some of the basic ecological principles as well as theenvironmental benefits of food forests.You also get a sneak peak atwhat Michael's medicinal food forest looks like in the height of itssummer bounty, 4 months after planting.
The History of Food Forests
In this lesson Michael explores the history of food forests from ancient times to the present. He takes us through the history of food forests through an exploration of some books in his library. He begins with a look at indigenous cultures where food forests are still utilized today, talks briefly about the role of agroforestry, moves onto the evolution of permaculture, and lastly discusses several of the current leading authors and practitioners of edible forest gardening and restoration agriculture.
Michael Pilarski: Friend of the Trees
In this lesson, Michael talks about his own upbringing and how he came to be a permaculture expert.
Site Preperation
In this lesson, Michael talks about how he prepared the site of his medicinal food forest for planting. He shows how the site was turned from a hay field, into bare fertile soil. Michael talks extensively about the benefits of keyline plowing. In addition he talks a bit about his philosophy on the role of weeds and volunteers in a food forest.
Planting Part 1
In this lesson, Michael begins the process of planting his 1/8 of an acre medicinal food forest in Hot Springs, MT. He starts with an explanation of tools, shows how he soaks tree and shrub roots before planting, shares his water inoculant formula, talks extensively about how to divide dug up roots for replanting, and gets started prepping for planting.
  • Water inoculants mentioned in this lesson:
  • Root Zone: Mycorrhizal fungi with beneficial bacteria
  • MAXSEA Soluble Seaweed Acid Plant Food
  • Liquinox Start Vitamin B-1
Planting Part 2
In this lesson, Michael begins with an in depth explanation of the soil amendments he uses for spot fertilization including how to adjust soil pH. He shows us how he spot fertilizes in preparation for planting and gets started with planting berry bushes. In addition he talks about his personal philosophy on soil amendments.Soil amendments mentioned in this lesson:
  • Composted cow manure
  • Fossilized humus
  • Green sand
  • Pelletized Rock Phosphate
  • Potassium-Magnesium (K-Mag)
  • Calcium-Phosphate (Cal-Phos)
  • Dolo Pro (Dolomite)
  • Kelp Meal
  • Epsom Salt (Magnesium Sulphate)
  • Sulphur
Planting Part 3
In this lesson, Michael gets started planting potatoes. He even tells a story about the ethnobotanical history of the potatoes he plants. Michael shares his planting map and species list with us, and gets started planting rhubarb, multiplier onion, chives, garlic chives and french sorrel. He continues his discussion about soil amendments and spot fertilizing and ends with a brief discussion on water needs.
Planting Part 4
In this lesson, Michael begins the process of planting trees and shrubs. He talks about each species, planting spacing, and overall design.
In this lesson, Michael shows us how he made a low-cost, low-technology deer fence. He talks about nutrient cycling and how the fence can be a “line of fertility”.
Watering Systems
In this lesson, Michael talks about his preferred watering systems through progressive stages of plant growth. He talks about methods to increase root growth and minimize water usage.
  • Basic gardening tools
Michael Pilarski
Michael Pilarski
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