news-February 6, 2024-written by:Marieke Karssen

A food forest is not just a pile of trees and shrubs that are edible. A successful food forest, which you don't have to fertilize, and where nothing needs to be controlled by us humans, has a system. Fortunately, there is a lot of consensus about those systems. But there are also differences. In this issue, you'll hear four food forest podcasts on the essence of what a food forest is to them and why they are such a fantastic solution to ... everything really.

So many food forests ... so many kinds of food forests

Talking plate theme food forests by Marieke van der Velden, Eyeopeners

Every food forest expert will want to start with making the soil healthier. Every food forest expert will want to build as ecologically rich a system as possible and base it on the natural system of succession. And every expert will want to invite as much life into his or her system as possible.

But, there are also differences in vision and approach. Each expert comes from a different history, sits on different ground, was started in a different time, and of course, as a true stubborn pioneer, has a different vision. That's great! And very rich to listen to.

In this issue, we explore those similarities and differences in more depth. We introduce you to four podcasts from the Food Forest Podcast, each of which tells you a lot about a specific vision of the ecology and systematics of food forests and what important and positive answers all types of food forests offer to the major ecological, climatic and social crises of our time.

While you listen, also enjoy the wonderful talking picture that Marieke van der Velden of Eyeopeners has created to accompany it. Of course, she was only able to visualize a small bite of each podcast, but that bite represents the core from this topic.

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Podcast 4: Wouter van Eck

The podcast to start with is Wouter van Eck's. Not only does he explain the core principle behind every food forest, but he is also the great pioneer who has even managed to literally put food forests on the menu in the Netherlands. His vision began in the tropics and he has played a huge role in translating such a tropical forest into food forests in temperate regions.

Podcast 14: Malika Cieremans

The podcast with Malika Cieremans is a logical continuation. She has been working on the subject perhaps longer, but in a very different way and also from a very different background, that of forestry science. She has visited the old-growth forests of Eastern Europe and Russia, as well as lived for a long time in severely drought-threatened ecosystems, and now brings all that knowledge to the Netherlands.

Podcast 3: Martijn Aalbrecht

Martijn Aalbrecht talks about how he became a father. And sought a healthy lifestyle for his family. And, how he, not hindered by any knowledge found the worst country you could have. And how great that gift was. Because without that big problem, he would never have accumulated the enormous knowledge treasure he now shares with the world. So he too, from his background, has built up a unique perspective on the ecology of food forests.

Podcast 39: Maurice Ramaker

This theme closes with the conversation with Maurice Ramaker. He himself is not a long-time pioneer, but he talks about a system that certainly belongs in this theme: Syntropic farming. A very unique food farming system about which little is known in the Netherlands. This system also originated in the Tropics, in Brazil to be exact. Founder Ernst Götsch developed a unique multilayered system that gives great results incredibly quickly, but also requires a lot of labor.

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