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    Food forest, the forest that didn't want to be a forest.

    From food forest to Yummy Jungle's or edible gardens, ..what's in a name? You have them in all shapes and sizes. But several layers of edible perennials, trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers is the foundation.

    Food agroforestry or agroforestry.

    What if traditional farming/vegetable farming, woody crops, animals and trees go hand in hand?

    Foodforest on the map.

    Our Yummy Jungle project in Aalst

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      Together for our living environment, the new environmental law for our Dutch neighbours.

      The Environment and Planning Act will come into effect on 1 July 2022. The law concerns living, working, agriculture, nature,…

      Information session Smuljungle Aalst

      On Thursday 3 February we will organize an ‘online’ information session for everyone who wants to know more about it.…

      We proudly present…

      The newest logo of Smuljungle Aalst is a fact. Thanks to our designer Luc Adriaens. Of course we hope that…

      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…

      Province of Flemish Brabant subsidizes ‘Nature at school’

      You can go to the Province of Flemish Brabant for subsidies if your school is committed to nature. Doesn’t that…

      Help, my garden is a handkerchief

      You know that. In your mind you dream of a giant garden, but in practice it is disappointing. But don’t…

      Visiting one of the oldest agroforestry farms in Belgium

      It is great to be able to join Ilvo’s action lab and to investigate together with other food forest enthusiasts…

      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…

      American saves more than 1,200 long-lost apple varieties.

      Or how one person looking for a retirement hobby can make a difference. Tom Brown proudly guides a pair of…

      Plant choice stress

      You hear a lot of wild stories about exotic plants and trees that you want to give a place in…

      Do plants have feelings?

      Of course it’s my own reflex but maybe that’s crazy I think now. I notice that I do have a…

      In Search of the Mother Tree – Suzanne Simard

      Okay, I admit it. I am captivated by Suzanne Simard. These scientists grew up in a family of woodcutters who…

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        Together for our living environment, the new environmental law for our Dutch neighbours.

        The Environment and Planning Act will come into effect on 1 July 2022. The law concerns living, working, agriculture, nature,…

        Volunteers wanted

        The more the merrier. Without you you are all alone so everyone is welcome with us.Maybe you have a lot…

        Information session Smuljungle Aalst

        On Thursday 3 February we will organize an ‘online’ information session for everyone who wants to know more about it.…

        Behind the scenes of Smuljungle Aalst

        Of course, it’s not just that you get a chance to design a place in the City. Our story starts…

        Hmm…, a food forest?

        A food forest, food forest, food forest edge, …. is a special piece of “edible” nature that looks a lot…

        We proudly present…

        The newest logo of Smuljungle Aalst is a fact. Thanks to our designer Luc Adriaens. Of course we hope that…

        Sint-Job a place with a fascinating past

        Sometimes it’s nice to see what that place looked like in the past. In any case, you will find a…

        The National Orchard Foundation

        There are such institutes that have long proven their reliability through their knowledge and experience. As a food forest enthusiast…

        About bARK vzw

        bARK.today is a project of bARK vzw. This non-profit organization is fully committed to biodiversity to reduce CO2 emissions by…

        Will Sint-Job become the tastiest green spot in Aalst?

        Yummy jungle, here we come. Food forests, food gardens, you have them in all scents and colors. We call it…

        There is no plan B.

        Now give something back to Mother Nature.

        Plant choice stress

        You hear a lot of wild stories about exotic plants and trees that you want to give a place in…

        A living lab in the classroom

          Education

          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…
          Education

          Province of Flemish Brabant subsidizes ‘Nature at school’

          You can go to the Province of Flemish Brabant for subsidies if your school is committed to nature. Doesn’t that…
          About Bark

          Our Methodology

          Exposing the system We are all already conditioned and our thinking pattern is fixed. We assume that no one consciously…
          Education

          Discover the magical world of Pollinator Park

          Do you remember a time when the sky was filled with birds and bees, and colorful fruit grew on the…
          About Bark

          How a ‘Tiny Food Forest’ at school can offer young people something to hold on to.

          I hear friends of mine who consider themselves “aged” say aloud that they are glad they are not 20 years…
          About Bark

          Will you be our first Tiny Food Forest school in Belgium?

          They started working in the Netherlands two years ago. They thought it was important to learn where the food came…
          About Bark

          The healing power of a food forest.

          A food forest or as we call it Yummy Jungle, is more than a “CO2 Neutral tasty garden” . There…
          Education

          Thanks to the forest surface in less than a month, a better immune system for children.

          A very interesting reading tip Douwe Beerda Researchers from Finland at the Natural Resources Institute (Luke) were able to prove…
          Companies

          How to plant trees by searching online

          Did you know that one google search consumes as much as a 1 km ride with an electric car. You…

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            In the Netherlands, about 40% want to work in a more natural environment.

            More than 40% of working people in the Netherlands would prefer to do their work in a more natural environment…
            Companies

            De Wasp, circular entrepreneurship at its best

            Our story started more than 11 years ago. I had a number of interior assignments at the time and was…
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            CO2neutral @ WORK # 002 Catch-up

            Online game changer # 00 2 Clever thinking to reshape our world without a dime. A lot of you already…
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            bARK.today in action

            At our first webinar CO2NEUTRAL @ WORK, we revealed for the first time what our own mission is. bARK.today is…
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            CO2NEUTRAL@WORK #001 – Catch up

            Online game changer #001 The problem is clear but what is the solution? A lot of you already took up…
            About Bark

            Our Methodology

            Exposing the system We are all already conditioned and our thinking pattern is fixed. We assume that no one consciously…
            Companies

            ‘The System’ is the problem. How do we focus on a more sustainable society

            Do you sometimes have the feeling that you are alone on the barricades and you need tools to motivate people…
            Companies

            World Wide Waste – Gerry Mc Govern

            This was one of those days where you feel it all comes together. I wanted to build some awareness with…
            Companies

            CO2neutral @ WORK # 002

            Online game changer # 002 Clever thinking to reshape our world without a dime. A lot of you already took…
            About Bark

            The healing power of a food forest.

            A food forest or as we call it Yummy Jungle, is more than a “CO2 Neutral tasty garden” . There…
            About Bark

            Communities by connecting with nature.

            Interest in food forests has increased dramatically. In the Netherlands you can speak of a real hype. Learn how to…
            Community

            The teambuilding event with ‘ever-lasting’ impact

            Teambuilding events are becoming more and more mandatory and eventually miss their target. Even with COVID-19, it is not easy…

            For urban planners and eco architects

            A new way of life

              There is always a place for Green in the City.

              Land is precious in a city like New York, but keeping such a big city liveable and investing in more…

              Detroit’s Agrihood Free Food for 2000 People in the City

              Agrihoods, also referred to as agritopias or community-assisted development, are an exciting concept as they create a remarkable improvement in…

              A podcast with Bart Backaert

              When Bart tells me, I usually go quiet. A miracle would be said by many who know me but simply…

              A vertical garden in Milan

              The studio led by Italian architect Stefano Boeri conceived the concept of Bosco Verticale, a vertical forest. The concept was…

              Architect Winy Maas ‘Under Tomorrow’s Sky’

              Sometimes you come across gems while zapping. That was also the case when I accidentally ended up on NPO2.Winy Maas…

              Recycled Island Foundation

              In Rotterdam, “the recycled Island Foundation” took matters into their own hands and made this floating park with plastic waste.…

              Bart Backaert, thanks for the support

              Bart Backaert is no stranger to the world of ‘ecology’. As a young boy, his parents did not know what…

              Utrecht creates food forest in residential area

              It’s amazing how the municipality of Utrecht thinks ahead. These kinds of connecting projects only make us happy. But companies…

              About eco-villages and neighborhoods

              In 1978, George Ramsey already stated that the great energy waste in the United States is not due to technology.…

              What if we just let nature do it.

              An abandoned inhospitable fishing village somewhere in eastern China. For the connoisseurs among you near the Yangtze River. Houtou Wan…

              What is ‘biomimicry’ ?

              Sometimes you don’t have to look far for inspiration. Looking at how nature handles things can also give us new…

              Agroforstery farming for Pro's

              Agroforestry

                Agency for Nature and Forests

                Nature and Forest of the Flemish government cherishes, protects and develops more than 90,000 hectares of nature reserves, forests and…

                Province of Flemish Brabant subsidizes ‘Nature at school’

                You can go to the Province of Flemish Brabant for subsidies if your school is committed to nature. Doesn’t that…

                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+

                How could it be otherwise, Bos+ draws the map of the forests. Their main concern is that what little forest…

                Visiting one of the oldest agroforestry farms in Belgium

                It is great to be able to join Ilvo’s action lab and to investigate together with other food forest enthusiasts…

                The annual agroforestry report has been received.

                Great work that can make us all smarter again. Like an elephant, I hope that after reading this report we…

                Syntropic farming

                I am always happy when I see a ‘Happen Film’. Beautiful portraits of beautiful people. This is not a close…

                Experimental garden agroforestry

                In the Agroforestry Noord-Holland living lab, the Louis Bolk Institute works together with the Clusius College, the Province of Noord-Holland…

                What is agroforestry or agroforestry?

                Agroforestry is on the rise. A record number of farmers applied for a subsidy in the summer of 2020 to…

                The plant – Netherlands

                Marieke Karssen decided in 2015 that her work should be about a healthier planet with healthier organisms. She started The…

                How can I make my forest grow faster? The Miyawaki Method.

                On my quest I ran into Elise and James. Creators of the Sugi Project with the aim to give the…

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                  Volunteers wanted

                  The more the merrier. Without you you are all alone so everyone is welcome with us.Maybe you have a lot…

                  Information session Smuljungle Aalst

                  On Thursday 3 February we will organize an ‘online’ information session for everyone who wants to know more about it.…

                  Behind the scenes of Smuljungle Aalst

                  Of course, it’s not just that you get a chance to design a place in the City. Our story starts…

                  Sint-Job a place with a fascinating past

                  Sometimes it’s nice to see what that place looked like in the past. In any case, you will find a…

                  We proudly present…

                  The newest logo of Smuljungle Aalst is a fact. Thanks to our designer Luc Adriaens. Of course we hope that…

                  Will Sint-Job become the tastiest green spot in Aalst?

                  Yummy jungle, here we come. Food forests, food gardens, you have them in all scents and colors. We call it…

                  Hmm…, a food forest?

                  A food forest, food forest, food forest edge, …. is a special piece of “edible” nature that looks a lot…

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