What is a Food Forest and Why Should You Plant One?

The Government’s recent U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report, coupled with the IPCC -

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 report have given us grim news about how quickly the planet is warming.

Despite the implications of these warnings, we know that carbon sequestration is one mitigating factor in slowing the planet’s

warming.

Carbon dioxide is one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases, and forests are one of the best ways to sequester (keep in the

ground) carbon. Our favorite way of planting trees is in a food forest, an orchard that mimics a forest edge planted with

edible plants. Like a natural forest, vertical layers of a food forest grow together: Tall trees, small trees, shrubs, herbs, and

ground covers. Tall, canopy trees grow inward from the edge. Correspondingly, smaller trees peek out from underneath the

tall trees to catch the sun’s rays. Shrubs step farther out into the sunshine, along with herbs, flowers, and ground covers

blanketing the sunniest edge. But aside from sequestering carbon, the best part of a food forest is that it provides you fruits

and nuts with little maintenance.

Here we give you instructions on how to plant your own food forest, or better yet—You can hire us to do it for you. Join us

in greening Dane County and providing food for yourself and others.

Plant Trees! Plant Hope!

Wisconsin Food Forests

Contact Rodney Volkmar rodney@wisconsinfoodforests.com
Plant Trees, Plant Hope!

What is a Food Forest and Why Should You Plant One?

The Government’s recent U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science

Special Report, coupled with the IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate

Change 2018 report have given us grim news about how quickly the planet is

warming. Despite the implications of these warnings, we know that carbon

sequestration is one mitigating factor in slowing the planet’s warming.

Carbon dioxide is one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases, and forests are

one of the best ways to sequester (keep in the ground) carbon. Our favorite way

of planting trees is in a food forest, an orchard that mimics a forest edge planted

with edible plants. Like a natural forest, vertical layers of a food forest

grow together: Tall trees, small trees, shrubs, herbs, and ground covers. Tall,

canopy trees grow inward from the edge. Correspondingly, smaller trees peek out

from underneath the tall trees to catch the sun’s rays. Shrubs step farther out into

the sunshine, along with herbs, flowers, and ground covers blanketing the

sunniest edge. But aside from sequestering carbon, the best part of a food forest is

that it provides you fruits and nuts with little maintenance.

Here we give you instructions on how to plant your own food forest, or better

yet—You can hire us to do it for you. Join us in greening Dane County and

providing food for yourself and others.

Plant Trees! Plant Hope!

Wisconsin Food Forests

Contact Rodney Volkmar rodney@wisconsinfoodforests.com