Gardening Like the Forest:
Home-Scale Ecological Food Production
Healthy forests maintain, fertilize, and renew themselves, naturally. Would you like to have an abundant
food-producing ecosystem growing in your back yard? You can! Edible forest gardens mimic the structure
and function of natural forests while growing food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and
fun. We can meet our own needs and regenerate healthy ecosystems at the same time. See the vision of
forest gardening with backed with scientific background, living examples, useful perennial edibles for
your own garden, and deep implications for our sense of our connection to the earth.
Dave Jacke, author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and runs —Dynamics Ecological Design—. As an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture, Dave has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities all over the world. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.