What is a food forest

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    What if your lawn could save the planet?

    Houston we have a problem. Climate change is a fact but our biodiversity is perhaps an even bigger problem. But we hold the key to success. What if we also pair the useful with pleasant?

    The edible forest that didn't want to be a forest

    A food forest, food forest, edible forest, forest garden, ,.... you have them in all shapes and colors. Several layers of tasty edible trees and perennials large and small form the base. Wonderful for biodiversity.

    Food forest agriculture or agroforestry

    Mix a little field or vegetable growing, woody crops and trees add a touch of vegetable growing then we are talking about forest agriculture or agroforestry. Ecological food production is the focus.

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      Mini Symposium bio-research 2023

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      What if trees become our vegetables of the future?

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      The oldest dish in the world. Nettle pudding with meat.

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      What goodies nature just gives for free. Exploring the Smuljungle.

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      Cities in full transition. A look at Blue City Rotterdam.

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      On an adventure to Barcelona. Or how the Edible Cities conference will also give wings to our Smuljungle.

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      The Food Forest in Heverlee will be named “Food Forest of Hope.

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      We win the Local Hero of the year award

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      Workshops at the Thor Park in Genk

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        Mini Symposium bio-research 2023

        We are happy to help spread the word. This video of the mini symposium bio-research organized by CCBT is available…

        The main soil Masterclass of Dr. Christine Jones

        It was a blessing for me to watch these 4 webinars. It also turns knowledge about soil and soil fertility…

        Farmers field labs

        I strongly believe that if we give our “farm experts” the opportunity to experiment on their own patch of land…

        Phosphorus deficiency, hmm…. Houston do we have another problem?

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        Biodiversity the key to success

        Wagening University is known for its large-scale research in new agricultural techniques. Ilvo, and certainly Bert Reubens’ team with its…

        Is a food forest economically viable?

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        Food from the forest

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        Agency for Nature and Forests

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        Province of Flemish Brabant subsidizes ‘Nature at school

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        inverde

        Inverde offers quality training in forest, green and nature management . Our offer has something for everyone, from the professional…

        Ilvo – Agroforestry

        The Institute for Agricultural, Fisheries and Food Research (ILVO) is an independent scientific research institute of the Flemish government. The…

        Forest+

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            What if we first connect with nature before we start teaching?

            Sometimes you get a tip and before you know it access to a lot of research and research about the…
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            A tree as a vinyl record, how would that sound?

            In America, most children grew up with the fable of ‘The Lorax’ written by Dr. Seuss. In this story, the…
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            Craft Wednesday #008: make the highest tower with branches

            Go into the forest and make teams of 2 or 3 children. You can of course also organize a competition…
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            Wednesday craft day #014: DIY Father’s Day gift

            Father’s Day is just around the corner, this Sunday to be exact! 😉 I help you prepare a simple but…
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                Live differently? Let’s turn this old appartement complex into a green oasis…

                How to breathe new life into an old apartment complex and transform the parking lot into an edible paradise. In…

                Walking along the treetops of the food forest in Utrecht

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                A food forest on the roof?

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                Climate-proof city research by WUR

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                There is always a place for Green in the City.

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