In food forests, trees grow alongside herbs, veggies, vines, and groundcover. This design practice—combining plants to work together for the overall benefit of the whole forest—is called companion planting.
At its simplest, the term agroforestry means incorporating trees into a farm. Agroforestry has been used across millennia and cultures, and we can find examples both in modern-day agriculture and ancient farming systems.
We’re back with the next installment of Everything You Need to Know. Today we’re talking about food forests and answering these questions: Why plant a food forest instead of vegetable beds? How does food forestry connect with permaculture and agroforestry practices, and where do Jewish agricultural values fit in?