In 2014, I set out on a mission to turn our entire yard into an edible landscape, and this decision turned out to be more rewarding than I could have ever imagined.
My family has such a great appreciation for nature now. There is always something available to eat in the garden, always something fascinating to see and we spend most of our days outside.
After years of learning, experimenting, hard work, and dedication, we now have a thriving garden full of food, wildlife, and awesome memories.
growing a food forest
We are lucky to live in Florida, zone 9b, where we can garden all year long. We grow for abundance and health (quantity and quality).
I have found there is no reason for any pesticides, fungicides, or chemical fertilizers. We are so proud of all the healthy varieties of foods and plants growing throughout our yard, and it is so rewarding to be able to support ourselves and the local wildlife.
In addition to growing edibles for ourselves, we also grow food for the insects that improve food production, the microbes that improve the soil, and for the native species who are struggling to keep up.
Our garden is so much more than I imagined it to be.
why grow your own food?
My idea of growing a yard full of food turned into an important life lesson about diversity, respect for nature, and compassion.
There is a long supply chain involved to simply get food from a farm to the grocery stores, and it is a very flawed and wasteful system, to say the least.
If you understand a few simple gardening principles and have some serious dedication, you can easily turn your yard into a successful food forest.
Most concepts that apply to our Florida food forest also apply in other regions, but you need to dedicate some time and effort into learning as much as you can – usually simply by experimenting to see what works and what doesn’t in your area.