Grow your own food forest


The idea of forest gardens (food forests) was first articulated by Robert A. de J. Hart in his book “Forest Gardening” and subsequently became one of the key concepts in permaculture.

A permaculture forest garden mimics the architecture and beneficial relationships of a natural plant/animal community that occurs in that climate. Food forests are not “natural”, but are designed and managed ecosystems that are very rich in biodiversity and productivity.
At our new demonstration site, the food forest will be designed to meet several goals that are universal, and that are specific to us:

  • to produce food for ourselves
  • to produce indigenous forage and serve as habitat for beneficial insects, pollinators, chickens, goats and birds
  • to create a wildlife habitat
  • to provide nourishment for our bodies through herbal teas and concoctions
  • to create beauty and sense of well being
  • to create shade and increase ambient humidity in hot dry climate of Johannesburg
  • to mitigate climate change via water wise gardening
  • to create a self sustaining food forest with its own micro climate
  • to create an additional revenue source

What you will learn:

  • How to analyse soil and correct your growing medium
  • The various ways to make soil
  • How to plan and design your food forest
  • How to work with factors and zones
  • Working with swales and guilds
  • How to plan what to plant

Where: 91/3 Northfolk Road, Carlsworld, A.H, Midrand

How much: R500 (Includes beverages, a light lunch and notes)

Payment will confirm booking:

Terra Madre SA (Pty) Ltd
Bank: FNB
Account no:62473027764
Branch no: 261649
Cheque account
Email proof of payment to with reference Food Forest and your name.

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