Welcome to our Edible Forest Garden Project !
In November 2018 we opened a Public Edible Forest Garden and planted the first fruit trees in the district of Zugló.
What is agroforestry ?
Agroforestry is the practice of deliberately planting trees and shrubs with annual crops and/or animals to create a biodiverse ecosystem with ecological and economic outcomes. This practice breaks with monoculture and the use of chemicals in farming.
There are several agroforestry systems.
Agroforestry helps to :
-Create wind barriers
-Reduce heat stress and needs in water
-Create a shelter for fauna
-Restore rural landscapes
-Create ecological corridors and more harmony between man and nature
-Diverse the economy
-Reduce intensive farming
-Increase food security
Agroforestry, let’s restore together : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoQLgU0vx2c&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR3RB6UWQ_PHyL2iwH7tjDS3i89zM1ELVxDUIlT1Z7Ya3BSNeXIBuwtXGKg
Edible forest gardens –also known as forest gardens, woodland gardens, food forests or analog forests have been defined as “a perennial polyculture of multi-purpose plants” and are comparable to the multistory agroforestry systems common across the tropics known as homegardens. Robert de J. Hart is generally credited with being the first to bring the concept to Europe in the 1980s when he started the UK’s first forest garden in Shropshire (Hart 1996).
Permaculture and the Edible Forest Garden : http://fafdl.org/blog/2017/05/16/permaculture-and-the-edible-forest-garden-a-critical-analysis/
Forest garden the movie, Martin Crawford : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aa9FHKx6sdM&fbclid=IwAR0utGH6H32yE0SNMNOUmeY3DBVRl_qccv4_YwIamHjZrPHAGkpGfw6mj48
Urban agroforestry is inspired by the traditional practice in rural areas. The benefits of agroforestry in the countryside are explored in the urban context. Urban agroforestry is complex and needs more research on the eco-social relations and environmental benefits.
However, urban agroforestry can help in :
-Enhancing biodiversity in the city
-Reducing heat stress and providing shade
-Restoring and reviving soils
-Creating resilient communities
– Providing edibles and food to the city
-Opening public spaces to creativity and well-being
The Edible Climate Forest project in Zuglo
This is a public edible forest garden based on community sharing and self-management. The land is provided by the 14th district of Budapest, Zuglo. It is part of a PhD research project in landscape architecture about urban agroforestry.
Based on principles of forest gardening we are planting :
-Wide canopy trees : Tilia cordata, Acer (Maples)
-Small trees and fruit trees : an apple tree, a pear tree, a quince and mulberry, Sorbus aucuparia (attracts birds)
-Shrubs : Hazelnut
-Berries : Blackcurrants, redcurrants
-Aromatics : Lavender
The people will be able to plant freely aromatics, plants and flowers under the trees and expand the garden.
Planting day video: https://www.facebook.com/cargonomia/videos/191505138439165/UzpfSTEzNDcyOTAwNzc6Vks6MjU5MjU3MDE0NzczMzk3/?action_history=[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22timeline%22%2C%22mechanism%22%3A%22surface%22%2C%22extra_data%22%3A%7D]