In the vineyard, action and hope blend together. The viticulturist takes steps to grow grapes, but at a certain point she has to stop, wait, and hope for the best: for a harvest of sweet, juicy grapes. The themes of action and hope also meet during Hanukah.
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?
Welcome to our second Volunteer Spotlight, featuring Garit Imhoff! Not only is Garit an integral member of our Rise-and-Shine crew, he’s also a beloved fixture at Farm events, where he provides face painting and humor as Sugar Bear the Clown.