Nearly all children are fascinated with the natural world, and a food forests promote a school culture grounded in creating joy, promoting health, and restoring ecosystems. Food insecurity and climate change are growing concerns across the world, but school leaders, and homeowners alike have the essential resource needed to address these issues: lawns.
As one Harvard scholar points out, if just one-third of schools in a single state converted a quarter-acre lawn to a food forest, the result would be staggering. The school could produce hundreds of millions of pounds of fresh, healthy food for children while saving more than $4 million in pollution-management costs over 30 years.
Florida's abundant rainfall and warm climate averages
around 70˚F year-round, allowing for the rapid growth of plants, and a sustainable food source with year-round harvests!
Food forests are an approach to edible landscaping designed to be beautiful and prolific. Essentially, its is an elaborate garden with seven to nine layers of edible
crops which can grow in as little as 3,000 square feet - less than one-tenth acre, a portion of many backyards!
Many food foresters choose to keep chickens as part of the permaculture garden because eggs can be an important dietary supplement (B12, D3, iodine).
Also, the chickens offer weed- and pest-management solutions, while their manure is a nitrogen-rich fertilizer. In general, chickens are considered an easier livestock because of their low cost to
keep, fast reproduction, and high yield (e.g., eggs). Most kids even say they are cute and have as much personality as a dog!
We will teach you how to convert kitchen scraps into fertilizer. Amending the soil with compost can improve nutrients available to plants and therefore make the food you are eating more nutritious. Most compost qualifies as a fertilizer because it is rich in N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium).
Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are considered
the three mineral elements most plants need to grow.