A photo of a food forest
A photo of a food forest
A photo of a food forest

Project information

Name of food forest

Food Forest De Zoetenhof


The Zoetenhof started in early 2018. We want to encourage and share our knowledge and experiences that are applicable both in a (subdivision) garden, urban garden or a food forest. Under the motto "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The best time after that is now," we planted the first tree on our food forest on February 24, 2018. The "De Zoetenhof" project aims to turn a 10,100 sq. ft. meadow into a food forest , but we want to mean more than that ... Thanks to the many hands of friends, volunteers, students, trainees and family, we have meanwhile planted more than 5,000 trees and shrubs on a former horse pasture. In food forest De Zoetenhof the structure of a forest edge is imitated. A food forest, consisting of 3 to 7 layers, is mainly planted with fruit trees, shrubs, deciduous trees and hedges, interspersed with smaller open spaces that include herbs, edible perennial and annual plants, mushrooms and climbing plants, can grow. By mimicking the growing conditions of a forest edge and developing a natural biotope, you attract birds and insects that provide balance, soil improvement and natural pest control. Pools with moisture-loving plants provide lots of life (including salamanders and other amphibians). There is an exchange of nutrients between the various plants through a variety of soil organisms. It is an ultimate cycling system because all plant parts return to the soil. We want to get more in touch with nature through the experiences in our food forest. What kind of rich life is there in such an ecosystem, above and below ground? We make no use of pesticides and fertilizers. Most of the crops are perennial, so the hard work of plowing, sowing and harvesting is not necessary. We want to exchange experiences around which tree and plant combinations do well, but also e.g. how a composting toilet works, what natural beekeeping is, how we can attract birds and valuable insects and which animals fit into a food forest. We find out which perennial and annual vegetables do well in our climate, how to build a willow hut, how to propagate your own plants and which wild plants are medicinal or edible. We like to provide information and advice through tours, lectures and workshops. In this way we try to we infect people with the microbe of sustainable gardening. With our project we hope to bring nature closer to us and inspire people and in this way we hope to create more and more new biotopes

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Type of soil

Loess, silts or loamy sands


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