Food Forest Freedom

Permaculture Design and Edible Landscaping for Northern Michigan and Wisconsin 

Safe food. Stress-free zones. Self-reliance. Stronger communities. Habitat for wild things. Or finally saying goodbye to those pesky stickers on all the fruit.  Whatever freedom means to you, a food forest will help you find it!

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What is a Food Forest?

A food forest, or forest garden, is a garden or landscape designed to produce an abundance of healthy, delicious food in ways that follow – not fight – nature’s own patterns of growth and production. Instead of constant plowing and weeding to produce annual crops, a food forest relies mainly on perennial plants to produce plentiful crops each year with minimal input.

The result is a beautiful and naturally productive yard, garden, or park space that requires minimal maintenance. In return, it produces an abundance of delicious food, medicines, teas, sanctuary space, and so much more—growing in beauty and diversity with each passing year.

Our Services

Edible Landscape Design

Your Food Forest Landscape Blueprint will be fully customized to your climate, planting zone, and site—as well as to the beauty, functionality, self- reliance, and abundance you wish to have. Pricing is based on the desired size of your design (not your total lot size).

Food Forest Installation

Don’t want to do it all yourself? We provide done-for-you and done-with-you edible landscape installation services. We can also build spaces and pathways for you to meander, sit in, meditate, read, socialize, and immerse yourself in your food forest design.

Food Forest Maintenance

Food forests are designed to have minimal maintenance needs. However all landscapes need periodic upkeep. We offer biweekly, monthly, and seasonal  aftercare service options to maintain the health of your system while you sit back and enjoy your food forest.

Why Food Forests? Why Now?

As the late great Bill Mollison (known as the “Father of Permaculture”) put it: “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Our world has become increasingly polarized and separated from Nature— which has contributed greatly to many of the most pressing problems we face today.  Food forests (including edible landscaping and permaculture) offer an embarrassingly simple solution.

From food security to soil degradation, chemical exposure to mental health, and so much more, planting a food forest can have a positive impact on your health, family, and community in so many ways! Watch this 2 minute video to learn more:

Growing Local Connections…

Food forests grow more than plants. They grow community.

As much as possible, we partner with local nurseries and suppliers to keep our communities strong.  

…With Global Support

We are proud to be a co-op partner of Food Forest Abundance, LLC, a global leader in food forest advocacy and support. Having their world-class permaculture design team, training, and support at our back allows us to make your food forest experience as seamless and enjoyable as possible. 

To learn more about the Food Forest Abundance organization and movement, visit them online: 

MISSION

To build a free, healthy, and abundant society for generations to come.

VISION

Food forests growing in every community and in every yard around the world.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

 

Bill Mollison  (known as “the Father of Permaculture”)

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

 

– R. Buckminster Fuller

"Man is naturally a wild animal, and...when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, 'till he returns to them again.”

 

– Benjamin Rush (a Founding Father of the United States and signer of the Declaration of Independence)

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