Increasing the experiential value of a food forest can be done in an infinite number of ways. The food forest can be given a personal touch through its tree and shrub assortment, the physical layout, the organisation of activities, or the introduction of special elements in the landscape. These special elements could be barefoot paths, cableways or overnight accommodation.
Food supply directly from the forest can also be part of the experiential value of this area of the food forest. For example, by allowing food to be picked at random, or along certain routes, or through seasonal forests, or by making the food production part of bushcraft events, cooking workshops, tastings, or festivals centered around specific products. Another area of experience could include forms of physical and mental relaxation, such as yoga, silence walks, or meditations. In these, the ecological quality of the forest would be the basis for the the experience, possibly complemented by discovering, harvesting, preparing, and eating food on the site itself. Based on these possibilities, an economic objective for such experiential forests can be developed. The Dutch territory will be able to enrich itself considerably and in ways that are not yet thought of. The food forest entrepreneurs’ creativity is key to the development of such areas.
We have simplified the data and information for the Welna estate, and added an economic cautionary measure by skimming off 25% of the costs and benefits for the two themes where a lot of harvesting takes place.
We then built a tool with which you, in your own environment, can make a nice customised business report that can serve as a conversation-starter for your supporters, family, investors, etc.
Of course, this is just the beginning, and the plant list consists of plants that do well on the Welna estate’s sandy soil. We also base our models on assumptions, but every year there will be more real data from food forests and from all of you as participants calculating with us. So, help us make this matter more and more beautiful, together. Have fun!