Phoenix | Garden of Odin Tropical Food Forest — 7 Comments

  1. I’ve heard your name and your compost thru jake mace. I would like to buy it and some advice. Please let me now your info and your availability to visit your forest “IS AMAZING” with my wife. I live in San Tan Valley,AZ and We will try to follow your steps foresting our property.

  2. Please send me your contact number. I live in chandler. I have few questions.
    I want to do the same in my backyard.

  3. Amazing stuff. Phoenix gets 8 inches of rain a year. If they can do it there, it can be done almost anywhere. These videos have inspired me to start my own food forest in my totally barren, dead, 7-annual-inches-of-rain desert property.

    Not mentioned, but useful to know: the way to get free bulk wood chips to kickstart the process is from tree companies. Call them all up and ask to be added to their list of drop-off-sites. They do it for free because the alternative is paying to take the stuff to the dump. I today just arranged for my first delivery!

    • These stories are very inspiring to me also. The Back to Eden film from about 3 years ago (search our blog) was very powerful. I’ve since rewatched it 1-2 more times and watched dozens of his other videos on YouTube. Paul Gautschi is the main guy that inspired all of these other people to start using woodchips. His soil was nearly solid gravel like a road in one spot and hardpan clay in another, and his well didn’t produce much water. He noticed how there’s always a layer of leaves and branches on the forest floor and so he decided to replicate nature. The secrete I think is the mycorrhizal fungi in the woodchips. The rest is history. Make sure you get ramial woodchips that consists primarily of small branches and leaves, not chips from big branches.

      Here’s the link to his site directly:

      • Yes, I saw that film as well–also from this website, I believe. Truly inspirational. Keep up the good work; it matters. People change. Eyes are opened.

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