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Photo of skirret (Sium sisarum) roots by Eric Toensmeier Edible Forest Gardens.com is dedicated to offering inspiring and practical information on the vision, ecology, design, and stewardship of perennial polycultures of multipurpose plants in small-scale settings.  We intend this website to grow into an information and networking resource for newcomers, amateurs, students, and serious practitioners and researchers alike.

Forest gardening is an idea whose time has come. We can consciously apply the principles of ecology to the design of home scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function, but grow food, fuel, fiber, fodder, fertilizer, "farmaceuticals," and fun.  Indeed, we must begin learning to apply ecological principles to the design of our food production systems now—we have surpassed the peak of planetary oil production, so the world of energy descent lies upon us.  This sea change in our culture will require that we learn to live within our energetic means and rebuild ecosystems that support human and humane lives without diminishing the ability of the ecosystem to support our children and grandchildren.

While this global problem is huge, most of the solutions available to us are local, personal, empowering, and potentially enlivening, enlightening, and fun. Edible forest gardening is one of these solutions, and we now have the resources at hand to transform our own yards and gardens into productive paradises. We intend this website and the book Edible Forest Gardens that you can buy here to give you the most sophisticated and down-to-earth information available to maximize your success as a forest gardener.

Forest gardens have much to offer on a practical level, and they have much to teach us about how to live in community as free and interdependent beings in a functional way. We hope that you will trust your innate ability to learn and contribute to the larger community of human beings who care about living sanely and humanely as we journey through energy descent.  Welcome to the adventure of our lifetimes!

We hope you enjoy what we offer here, and that you will visit often to add your thoughts and experiences to the mix.

Peace and blessings to you and yours.

Dave Jacke

Above photo of skirret (Sium sisarum) roots by Eric Toensmeier. Skirret roots are edible and tasty, and the flowers provide nectar to specialist and generalist insect predators. This is one of many forest garden species ripe for development into a high-value crop.
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Edible Forest Gardens
(2 volume set)
A comprehensive exploration of vision, theory, design and practice by Dave Jacke, with Eric Toensmeier
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What's New:

Forest Gardens Wiki on line now! Visit
to share your info on your own forest garden and its species & polycultures, and to learn from others!

Download design worksheets, updates and errata here!
Including NEW Plant Hardiness and Heat Zone update!

A 2006

Volume 1 of Edible Forest Gardens won a Silver Medal from the Garden Writer's Association in 2006! 
The American Library Association's Choice magazine also named EFGv1 an Outstanding Academic Title of 2005, and both volumes were nominated for an award from the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries!

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