Ernst Gotsch spent years planting a giant 500 hectare (1,200 acre food forest) in Brazil to perfect his techniques. In this video, you can see the results of farmer’s who have trained with Gotsch and are now applying his methods. The results speak for themselves: truly outstanding, world class. In 18 months you can turn unproductive invasive grassland into a lush food forest. The rows of vegetables in between the tree rows pays for the cost and labor of planting the fruit and timber trees, which means the system pays for itself almost immediately.
After realizing how much I love planting/creating forest gardens, I’ve decided to make a large forest garden in about 5-10 years for my ‘retirement plan’. I don’t have the money now and am not sure exactly where the farm will be, but I know the power of positive thoughts, confidence and persistently working toward a goal.
Aaron Graber, discusses his personal project of developing a “Back to Eden” forest garden. This project requires around 2,000 yards of wood chip mulch, a Ventrac 4500, and a little bit of crazy! The Ventrac compact tractor is capable of many unique tasks.
Dear Dr. Geiger, I’ve really enjoyed your naturalhomesteader videos on YouTube! Thank you for making and sharing them!
The Permaculture Food Forest gardening has made huge strides the last 5 years. Every investment has been worth it and using natural farming techniques learned from Masanobu Fukuoka, and Permaculture techniques learned from people like Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton have truly payed off. Also Back To Eden techniques, common organic gardening techniques, and other gardening styles have helped to blend and shape this garden into its own ecosystem.
Here is the process I’m currently going through for how to build my own self reliant homestead, and I thought you might find it helpful if I shared the process with you.