This guide offers a stepby-step tutorial to plant food forests in every biome.
A food forest can provide a diverse diet for a village as long as it is not dominated by localized foraging.
The guide also includes examples of food forests from different biomes.
What is a Food Forest exactly?
This is Boulder.
It is Liso’s home. He had an idea after learning the skill of planting.
The village had recently started to build multistorey structures. Liso had made the observation that plants seem to grow in various layers. While other planters preferred to make beds in neatly defined grids and rows of plants, Liso planted an experimental plot that he took from nature. It was a food forest.
Liso’s Elders were so impressed that they were able to save space with their food forest that they decided they would grow another one. And after many years, a third one was added to the village with trees for wood.
Now, Liso, 2 generations later died peacefully in his sleep. The village hosted a solemn dinner of pumpkins to honor Liso.
Liso's "breakthrough", according to legend, was meant to forever change humanity. His imprint in the morphogenetics field was strong enough to cause Sapiens across the multiverse to start to plant food forests.
Mild temperate food forests containing aspen, birch & orange trees, gooseberry bushes and pumpkin vines.
Food forests are an actual agricultural idea that has been around since at least the beginning of farming. It was long known that Native Americans had been cultivating food forests for a very long time. Food forests cannot be managed by heavy machinery as they can be densely packed with trees. They must be manually gathered!
A typical food forest usually has at least 3 layers
Shrubs or bushes
Undergrowth includes vines, roots vegetables, herbs and vines
This is why a food for forest can produce so many fruits and vegetables in a small area. It also provides habitats for small animals like birds or bees.
Step-by-Step Guide for Planting a Food Forest
Step 1: Fruit trees
First, plant fruit trees. Plant them close together as they will need space later. It will be difficult to see below the canopy once it is completed.
Step 2 Fire wood trees
Now add some firewood plants in between the fruit and vegetable trees. But not as many. Keep some space in between the trees.
Step 3: Berry bushes
Berry bushes may be grouped in groups between 2 and 4. You can arrange some of them around the tree trunks.
Step 4: Pumpkins
Now plant the pumpkins. They will often snuggle up to the bush, so you can group them in loose groups of 2-3.
Step 5: Wheat
Fill in the spaces that aren't filled with wheat. You can often place it close together, or even wedge it between plants.
Step 6: Beetroot
Beetroot can also be clicked-sprayed (plop-plop) into any remaining gaps. However you should do some fine tuning around edges and in between other plants. It's incredible how little space you can squeeze beetroot into!
Step 7: Flax
Flax requires very little space. It can be click-spammed just like beetroot. But, again, you may need to fine-tune some spaces or the edges.
It is best to plant sunflowers in this stage.
The end result should look something like the following. Let's sincerely hope that you have many Sapiens for this planter job.
Examples of Food Forests from different Biomes
Welcome to Ukarimu. (Swahili: generosity) on Telo.
Ukarimu has a large house with a big jutty for chieftains clan and 2 smaller family dwellings.
The lack soil fertility makes the growth slow but Ukarimu has been established so that the food supply is steady from the food forest.
Savannah food forest with bananas coconut and orange, bamboo and pin for wood, goose, raspberry, pumpkin vines, wheat and beetroots.
Biome of the Cold-Temperature Steppe Biome
This is Kiitospaiva ("Thanksgiving in Finnish") on Suno Pona.
Because the winters can be so cold, Kiitospaiva residents have to stay together.
This means that only 3 main structures are required for the village. Each structure has a second level just below the roof. This allows more people to benefit from the warmth provided by the 3 fire places. The village was lacking wood in the beginning. However, there is now a little bit of forest growing around it.
Cold temperate food forests with apple, aspen and birch trees, peach and pin trees, gooseberry bushes, pumpkin vines.
Tropical Rainforest Biome
Kuaola (Verdant mountains in Hawaiian) welcome to Kulupu Kama
Kuaola consists of 2 main buildings and a large ceremonial space with 3 floors and many benches. Its location on the mountainside affords a magnificent view of the river valley that it is in.
Recently, the tribe saw coconut palms from a day's walk. We may integrate them soon into our food forest.
Tropical jungle food forests containing bananas and oranges, bamboo and pine to wood, goose- or raspberry bushes as well as pumpkin vines, wheat, beetroots & flax
That was it for the guide for planting food gardens in Sapiens.
Looking forward to the next stage of Sapiens agriculture, I believe food forests will not be lost or forgotten.
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