This is an ode to this ancient technique of leading fruit trees. Not directly in line with a food forest, but the more knowledge you can gain, the better you can make choices, of course.
(Merdrignac (Côtes-d’Armor), 1889 – Angers, 1960)
As a student at the Higher School of Agriculture in Angers, he became friends and then the son-in-law of Professor Thomas, who was teaching there at the time. In 1920, he developed a process of sloped fruit hedges that allowed productivity gains, among other things. He published his work in his last work “La Méthode Bouché-Thomas” in 1953.
This “arborist practitioner”, as he presented himself, had previously exhibited his work to his colleagues at a symposium in Angers in 1945. He taught at the Lycée Horticole de Pouillé and was a councilor in Angers from 1946 and was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 1949. His son was one of the founders of the local branch of Croqueurs de pommes.
Although this video is in French, don’t let it slow you down.