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.

 

Do you want help growing your own food forest? 

Learn more about our Permaculture Design Services here!

 

Hear what's new at Winslow. No spam, just the good stuff! We email about upcoming workshops and events at WFF, plus lots of pictures of whats growing in the food forest! We send out about 1 email per month on average.

“Permaculture gives us a toolkit for moving

from a culture of fear and scarcity to one of love and abundance.” 

-Toby Hemenway

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
Week 20 Harvest Share 2016!

Week 20 Harvest Share 2016!

 It’s the last week of this year’s Harvest Share! Cheers to CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and a heartfelt thanks to...

Week 19 Harvest Share 2016

Week 19 Harvest Share 2016

   Here’s what our members are receiving this week!   Sage Check out the recipe button below for an awesome combo of...

Our Food Forest Baby!

Our Food Forest Baby!

Ulysses Nicholas Cullen was born on September 23rd, 2016. 8 lbs 13 oz. Mel and baby are happy and healthy...

Week 16 Harvest Share 2016

Week 16 Harvest Share 2016

 Here’s what our members are receiving this week!  Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes This medley of heirloom cherry tomatoes makes for a colorful...

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