We are Mel and Teague: Permaculture Design Consultants, Farmers, and Teachers.

We grow over 100 varieties of edible plants in our food forest located in Portland, OR.

 

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WHAT IS A FOOD FOREST?

A Food Forest is a human designed edible forest ecosystem. Imagine wandering through a flourishing forest where almost every plant is edible...

A mature Food Forest is comprised of taller canopy trees, usually nuts and fruits, with a sub-canopy of berries and shrubs, followed by herbs and veggies below. In the Pacific Northwest, a Food Forest consists of 7 Layers. We can count 9 layers when including marshes and mushrooms!

BUSINESS AS USUAL IS NOT WORKING...

We now recognize conventional agricultural practices to be a major contributor towards climate change, environmental destruction and desertification.

Monoculture methods of single-species crops results in the removal of entire ecosystems. This destroys top soil with yearly deep tilling, and pollutes our waters and earth with synthetic petrochemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The results are fragile, unhealthy, unnatural landscapes that depend upon a staggering amount of inputs in order to operate.

THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE TO INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE

Food Forests are living proof that industrial agriculture is not the only way to feed the world. They serve as an example of a regenerative, resilient and time-tested method of growing food and cultivating humanity.  A food forest functions as a healthy closed-loop ecosystem, with each organism playing a role. Each element of the system supports the whole. The many relationships happening in an ecosystem are imitated in a food forest which:

  • builds soil and accumulates nutrients    
  • self-fertilizes, self-mulches, self-regulates
  • produces  food, fiber, medicine, materials, fodder and more
  • Sequesters Carbon, offsetting climate change
  • provides habitat for all living organisms
  • supports pollinators and beneficial insects
  • protects and enhances biodiversity

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WINSLOW FOOD FOREST IS LOCATED IN PORTLAND OREGON.

Address: 3499 SE Sherrett st, Portland, OR 97222 / Phone:(616) 633-8345 / Contact: winslowfoodforest@gmail.com

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Updates From the Food Forest
The Boring Cooking Show: Dandelions

The Boring Cooking Show: Dandelions

These edible & useful golden orbs mirror the warmth of our sun as spring tiptoes through our gardens. Somewhere along...

Growing up Cactus

Growing up Cactus

Here are some magical photos of my husband Teague’s childhood  with his cousins Nick and Liz Eymann.  Above: Our farm chef...

Nicholas Harvests Blackberries

Nicholas Harvests Blackberries

Let’s get started here with a picture of last summer’s berry-picking festivities, featuring berry fingers, and dreams of blackberry pies.

Welcome to the Winslow Food Forest Blog!

Welcome to the Winslow Food Forest Blog!

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