Oostwaard food forest
Since the end of 2015, Food Forest Oostwaard has grown into a fully-fledged forest. In a food forest, you start from the elements present in the landscape and add trees, plants, tubers and shrubs that make the ecosystem more complex and diverse – and therefore strengthen it. Hundreds of different crops grow here, for the harvest of nuts, berries, seeds, tubers, roots, fruits, leaves, wood, rope and flowers.
Historically, agriculture and wild nature have been diametrically opposed in Europe. At the same time, the food forest is a form of agriculture that people have been practicing for millennia. In the Netherlands, too, people have fed themselves by picking their food from the forest. Today such forests are being created in the Netherlands as part of the solution for future food supply.