Grassroots Learning Centre & Forest Farm

Forest Farm

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What is a "Forest Farm"?

It's where we are working in harmony with the existing woodland to produce healthy food - by cultivating, or taming, edible crops and their valuable companions such as alder. We have a Superfood Orchard,
a Permaculture Orchard, three shiitake laying yards, woodland trails, and a hydrosphere study site

Superfood Orchard

The old name for this area was "Huckleberry Orchard",
but that doesn’t accurately reflect the nutritional value of the salal and huckleberry we tend and harvest.
The overstory, or canopy, is alders. These trees "fix nitrogen" for the food plants.
It is not necessary to import or add nitrogen to the soil, the alders are doing the work for us.
Nor is it necessary to water these crops. Weeding however, is still required.

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Shiitake Laying Yards

We are trialing 7 shiitake strains to determine which is the best for our region and resources.
We’ve also grown oyster, lion’s mane, and stropharia over the years.
Mushroom workshops are held every year.

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Woodland Trails

In Japan it's called "forest bathing" or Shinrin-yoku.
Coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in 1982,
the word literally translates to “taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing”
and refers to the process of soaking up the sights, smells and sounds of a natural setting
to promote physiological and psychological health