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Food Forest at 28 years

 
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Hey everyone, my good friends over at Happen Films have just put out a new short feature on the Guytons' food forest in Āpirama (Riverton) at the very southern end of the South Island. This is a return visit to a place they filmed about five years earlier and there is a lot of great context in the two videos and seeing how Robert, Robyn, and their ecosystem, are all maturing in place.

 
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I wish the video would detail exactly what food is growing in the garden forest?
 
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28 year time lapse photography would be way cool. I would hope the plant list to that forest garden is available?
 
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Thank you Phil - all this on only 2 acres is profoundly inspiring! The link to the first video, at 23 years, names many plants. It looks like the plant selections are adapting to the changing environment: new additions and surprises constantly from humans and birds. This really helps me understand how a forest garden is not static and grows in complexity over time. Fantastic opportunity to learn how to grow into a forest companion.
 
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It would be awesome to know how they started, what they planted and how and where, how they cared for it etc. during the first few years.  I have tried to start a food forest on a small patch of land (maybe a half acre) but so far all that has taken are the fruit trees (and they are very small for their age.)  Nut trees have died even tho we have lots of black walnuts thriving nearby, and understory and even shrub layer plants have not lived more than a year.  Of course I don't have time to nurture it daily, but I have made time to be sure things had water when it didn't rain, and the young trees got their trunks protected against the mice, rabbits and deer.  So the handful of "weed" varieties that thrive there have continued to dominate.
 
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They started with a bare section. All that was on it was a burned down house and lots of rubbish. Check out the first video at about 4:20 in:

 
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