What is a food forest

The food forest abc

    Become a Food Forest Smarty

    Welcome @bARK.today. Become smarter and turn your green lawn into a food forest.

    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?

    Foodforests mapped out

    Our own 'Yummy Jungle' Projects

    Usefull Links

    bARK.today Magazine

    Tell me why

    Masterclass

    Hot news

      Walking along the treetops of the food forest in Utrecht

      Children from Kindcentrum Rijnvliet, recently nominated for the Rietveld Award can be found a lot in the food forest. In…

      Useful links to plant databases

      There are plenty of choices for fun ways to decorate your garden with goodies. These links will certainly help you.…

      Sunday, November 20 Arts(namid)day for the kids or adults :)

      The Smuljungle would not be the Smuljungle if there were no place for creative and artistic excesses in any form.…

      The plants in our Smuljungle Aalst

      Here you can discover what goodies you will soon be able to taste at our smuljungle in Aalst.But this is…

      What if we organize food production in a city. Find out how Singapore handles it.

      There is no standard approach to urban agriculture. Henry Gordon Smith, CEO of Agritecture, explains how each city requires a…

      The first leifruit received its cutting on Sept. 10, 2022.

      A historic moment if we do say so ourselves. The Smuljungle Aalst has officially launched. Cera sponsored 3,000 euros and…

      We came and saw that it was good. Folk games in the Sint-Job WZC

      There are those moments that you know will stay with you forever. This was definitely one of them. Now a…

      A piece of Smuljungle leifruit history

      It used to be a real art to keep ‘Leifruit’ in check in all sorts of twists and turns. It…

      A blessed marriage or how the wild grape used to climb the trees

      It was a phrase Bart Backaert had dropped during one of our excursions. Did you know that in the old…

      Is a food forest economically viable?

      In the Netherlands, of course, they are already a step ahead. If you ask Wouter Van Heck I think he…

      June 25 Smuljungle celebrates (3/3)

      A real apotheosis, Bart Backaert and “singing” Sieglinde Heymans make this bike ride an enchanting moment. Everyone is still talking…

      Is giving ducks bread smart?

      Of course, there is nothing more fun than going with your kids to feed the ducks. But is that romantic…

      Life long learning

      Creativity and fun

        Discover our workshops and trainings here

        Basiscursus voedselbos voor beginners (4 lessen) Basiscursus voedselbos voor beginners (4 lessen) 3 Extra workshops voedselbos design 3 Extra workshops…

        Wednesday craft day #012: DIY all-purpose cleaner

        Regardless of the weather, tasty fruit salads are always welcome! The next time you make one or use lemon with…

        Hmm…, a food forest?

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

        Your own Smuljungle under our wings

        Do you have your own project but are reluctant to do everything yourself? Then join us. Under the motto of…

        Sunday, November 20 Arts(namid)day for the kids or adults :)

        The Smuljungle would not be the Smuljungle if there were no place for creative and artistic excesses in any form.…

        Walking along the treetops of the food forest in Utrecht

        Children from Kindcentrum Rijnvliet, recently nominated for the Rietveld Award can be found a lot in the food forest. In…

        Wadi or how to collect and buffer water

        The last word has certainly not yet been said about a wadi. But the benefits are clear. You collect the…

        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…

        Discover Swale: a floating food forest in New York

        You read that right, there is a food forest floating in New York! It’s a project that Mary Mattingly started…

        Discover Swale: a floating food forest in New York

        You read that right, there is a food forest floating in New York! It’s a project Mary Mattingly started in…

        A living lab in the classroom

          Creative

          Wednesday craft day #16: Download our color plate

          Are you looking for a fun to do for your children? Download this coloring sheet and start coloring. By the…
          Let's craft

          Smuljungle gallery. Add your homemade artwork.

          Discover the cutest pictures from our Smuljungle Fans here. Would you like a picture in our gallery too? Also, do…
          Education

          Natureconnection@school

          Nature connection has nothing to do with walking or staying in nature and even less to do with botany or…
          Education

          Students of Lyceum in action

          On Wednesday March 30, 2022 we received a high visit in our Smuljungle. We welcome our first group of students…
          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

          The Province of Flemish Brabant can provide you with subsidies if you make a commitment to nature as a school.…
          Art

          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…
          Creative

          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…
          Let's craft

          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…
          Let's craft

          Wednesday craft day #002: 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…
          Let's craft

          Wednesday craft day #013: DIY photo hanger with wood

          The terraces are open again after a long wait, yay! But now it’s coming back, so you can’t see some…
          Let's craft

          Wednesday craft day #012: DIY all-purpose cleaner

          Regardless of the weather, tasty fruit salads are always welcome! The next time you make one or use lemon with…

          You're in good Company

          Corporate Gardening

            Courses

            Book a workshop ‘Sustainable by design’

            Did you know that if the daily routine such as a cup of coffee or tea in the morning at…
            Companies

            The community welfare tree

            The University of Liverpool conducted research into the importance of ‘communities’ for people’s well-being. The Community Wellbeing Tree is an…
            Companies

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

            Over 40% of the working population would prefer to do their work in a more natural environment, and if it…
            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…
            CO₂Neutral@work

            CO2neutral @ WORK # 002 Catch-up

            Online game changer # 00 2 Clever thinking to reshape our world without a dime. A lot of you already…
            About Bark

            bARK.today in action

            At our first webinar CO2NEUTRAL@WORK, we revealed for the first time what our own mission is. bARK.today is a nonprofit…
            CO₂Neutral@work

            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…

            For urban planners and eco architects

            A new way of life

              Walking along the treetops of the food forest in Utrecht

              Children from Kindcentrum Rijnvliet, recently nominated for the Rietveld Award can be found a lot in the food forest. In…

              What if we organize food production in a city. Find out how Singapore handles it.

              There is no standard approach to urban agriculture. Henry Gordon Smith, CEO of Agritecture, explains how each city requires a…

              The importance of resilient communities in the breach for more biodiversity.

              You no longer have to convince us of the power of communities and nature connection to focus on a more…

              A food forest on the roof?

              This permaculture roof garden of 200 m2 was planted in 2001 on only 30 cm of soil. With over 180…

              Climate-proof city research by WUR

              Wageningen scientists recently presented their vision of the city in 2120. In a hundred years’ time you will not hear…

              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…

              Agroforstery farming for Pro's

              Agroforestry

                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?

                In the Netherlands, of course, they are already a step ahead. If you ask Wouter Van Heck I think he…

                Food from the forest

                In the Netherlands, of course, they already have an advantage. But this site is full of useful tips if you…

                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

                The Province of Flemish Brabant can provide you with subsidies if you make a commitment to nature as a school.…

                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+

                Bos+ draws how could it be otherwise plenty the map of forests. Their biggest concern is that the little forest…

                Visiting one of the oldest agroforestry farms in Belgium

                It’s great to be able to join Ilvo’s action lab and explore with other food forest passionate people how we…

                What do you mean by compacted soil?

                It will happen to many people. You have just built and you notice that your soil in the garden is…

                The annual agroforestry report is in.

                Nice work from which we can all become smarter all over again. Like an elephant, I hope that after reading…

                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…

                Let's do it together

                Let's join forces

                Our own projects

                  The plants in our Smuljungle Aalst

                  Here you can discover what goodies you will soon be able to taste at our smuljungle in Aalst.But this is…

                  You were great. The 1st Info Session Smuljungle Aalst

                  This was one of those moments when you even feel the energy flowing through the digital highway.The ingredients were great…

                  I’m joining Smuljungle Aalst

                  It’s great that you want to participate in our activities in Aalst. We are a volunteer association and everyone is…

                  Volunteers work

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

                  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. Do you see the similarities?…

                  Will Sint-Job become Aalst’s tastiest green spot?

                  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…

                  Our partnerships

                  Back to top button