A photo of a food forest

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Name of food forest

Eerbeek food forest

Description

Food forest Eerbeek started in 2021 on a former corn field. As a catch crop was stubble tuber sown, which we allowed to flower (nitrogen fixation, soil cover, bees). Over the past 3 winters we planted the Food Forest. In three winters to spread the risk. Now there is still room for additions. The food forest is located on a debris fan of the Veluwe. The soil is sandy with about 10% gravel and 10% loam. The hard layer due to plowing sits at 30 cm, after 3 years it is still not gone. Every year we see the number of worms increase and new volunteers often react to this with surprise. Over 2,000 trees and shrubs have now been planted. In addition, plants have been planted and sown for the herb layer. Because we do not use machinery, there is a lot of hand work, but also a lot of extra space available for the tall, low shrub layer and herbs. This still allows us to plant a lot of new planting. Remarkable are the large differences in soil quality. In one place a row of alders that we are already pruning, 40 meters away a row of alders that are barely growing and where we have to cut back. To accelerate the build-up of the soil we apply systems from syntropic agriculture. From the beginning we have applied different types of trees and shrubs in the same row. Meanwhile, we have added intensive chop and drop which allows us to stop mulching with material from outside the plot. Last 2 years we harvested through self-harvest subscriptions (CSA) and sales through stores. Grown some of the new plantings ourselves and started selling plants. The goal is for Food Forest Eerbeek to produce enough for an income of 2 days a week by 2028. In 2023 we will have more income than investment for the first time! So the first year black figures, excluding labor. In 2024 we will continue to offer the hands-on experience of a young food forest in the form of field trips and workshops. In the field trips, the emphasis is on what has been planted, the structures, recognizing differences in the soil. In the workshops we delve deeper into specific topics. Planned are: the financial figures and applying syntropic agriculture. Interested? Send an email to henk@voedselboseerbeek.nl

Square metres:

12345

Type of soil

80% sand, 10% gravel, 10% loam

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