Food Forest program

Published on
October 23, 2017

As the interest in Food Forests is growing substantially we want to contribute a deepening of scientific understanding in how Food Forests function and under what circumstances they can be successfully set-up. This is why we actively want to connect interested students to research opportunities in the field.

Many claims are made about the benefits that the multidisciplinary potential of Food Forests might encompass. In other words, the idea of Food Forests where food can be produced in such a way that it truly enhances biodiversity & soil quality without the use of pesticides like Round Up speaks to the imagination of many.

At the same time our understanding is lacking, especially when speaking of Food Forests in the context of temperate climate as we find them in Europe. Part of the reason is that Food Forests around here are rather young and widespread interest in them is even younger. So far it seems like the research community yet needs to wake up to this new phenomenon

We believe that research into Food Forests can help in bridging the gap between grass roots enthusiasts everywhere and institutions that can help with creating more beneficial preconditions for Food Forests to come about.

This is why we have been networking with some intiatives around the Netherlands that have an interest in uncovering the potential of Food Forests and to push them forwards. We have been in touch with Stichting Voedselbosbouw NL and with the Green Deal Voedselbossen.

From this a research program with key focus areas came about that you can find below. If you are interested in doing research into Food Forests that has relevance for the development of Food Forests please contact us and we will get you in touch with the right people so you can find yourself a research site.

Some Key Focus Areas you can find below:

  • Literature Research On Food Forests
  • Policy Research for Landscape Planning
  • Biodiversity Monitoring
  • Land & Water Management in Food Forests and policy implications
  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Business Model Design
  • Market research for Food Forest Produce
    (including chain management)
  • Food Processing possibilities