First some background information; I've recently joined a land-share in Nova Scotia (Canada) Zone 5, we have over 30 acres of woodland, most of that was clearcut about 20 years ago and contains lots of spruce trees. The spruce beetle has shown up, and we are working on felling the affected trees. This activity is opening up large segments of the property and I hope to be able to replace some of those trees with food bearing species.
There are feral apple trees on the property, and raspberry / elderberry in places also. My first thought was to buy some bulk tree seeds and just see what grows in place, figuring that the decomposing spruce roots and increased light would help create opportunity for new trees & shrubs. I haven't thought much about ground covers, and vines... but maybe that can come later.
I'm in the process of building a dwelling on the property and a few others are headed that way as well, putting in some food bearing perennials for the long term is a very welcome thought. My goal is to be able to live full-time on the property within 10 years, so this has a bit of lead time.
This property has clay soil, been alternately forest and agricultural land in the last 100 years, and has good access to water. Any advice or experiences you may have would be very helpful.