International Forest Garden / Food Forest Symposium

From 31 May-4 June 2021
now Open Access

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Hover over the speakers for biographical details. See the provisional list of presentation titles here.

Graham Bell

Grahambell.org (UK)
Graham Bell is an internationally known and respected teacher of Permaculture and several underlying disciplines including Forest Gardening and Food Preservation. He has dedicated his working life to helping others achieve the skills to live sustainably. His own home garden is a mere 800 sq metres (0.08 hectares) which produces 1.25 tonnes of food a year peak yield (pro rata 16 tonnes a hectare) 500 trees and 5000 plants for sale, half the household’s energy needs, a soft living room and an amazing teaching space which welcomes (and feeds) a thousand visitors every year from all over the planet (literally).

Martin Crawford

Agroforestry Research Trust (UK)
Martin is the founder and Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust. Founded in 1992, to research and educate in mainly temperate agroforesty systems. Some of my main interests are forest garden systems, the role of nut tree crops as sustainable staple crop alternatives, and the carbon sequestration potential of forest gardens. The ART has 8 hectares (20 acres) of research grounds and runs a commercial nursery growing and supplying tree, shrubs and perennial plants. As well as authoring 'Creating a Forest Garden' I have written other books on perennial crops, nut trees etc. Has appeared on TV (River Cottage) and radio (BBC Radio 4 - The Food Programme, Gardener's Question Time). Prior to founding the ART, my wife and I ran an organic market garden in South Devon.​

Louise Gehin

Agroecological Farm Les champs l’oeil (France)
I led a research program on the 3 forest gardens of the Bec Hellouin farm in France from 2015 to 2017. I was also in charge of the emplementation and management of the food forests. Prior to that, for 10 years helping farmers to develop agroecological practices in Morocco and India, supporting a Seed Savers' Network in Ecuador, organising an international peasant meeting in Senegal and France, Since 2018, I’m creating an agroecological farm with my husband in the South west of France producing mainly vegetables, fruits, medicinal herbs and eggs.

Christian Henriksen

Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Associate professor in climate change and crop ecology and research group leader for the Climate and Food Security Research Group at the University of Copenhagen. We are conducting research on sustainable food production systems, including regenerative agriculture, agroforestry and urban farming with a focus on the transition to less meat and more plant based diets for reducing GHG emissions and improving human health. I am working on innovative solutions for climate smart agriculture and climate change mitigation for the global food system by applying on-farm studies, field experiments, crop modelling, environmental indicators, life cycle assessment, carbon footprint analysis, GHG accounting and decision support systems to enhance the provision of ecosystem services and increase the environmental, social and economic sustainability throughout the food value chain. I am the coordinator of the EU Horizon 2020 project FoodSHIFT2030 on transforming the European food system towards a low carbon circular future, including a transition to less meat and more plant based diets.

Jo Homan

Edible Landscapes London (UK)
Jo Homan runs Edible Landscapes London in Finsbury Park which has around 200 edible plants in it and exists to showcase forest garden plants and propagate them for community use. She has been teaching people forest gardening skills since 2012 when she developed the first ever accredited forest garden course , Creating a Forest Garden, based on Martin Crawford’s book. She now works for The Orchard Project where she has developed a level 3 Certificate in Community Orcharding. Jo's favourite forest garden nibbles: lovage, saltbush and shasta daisy leaves; jostaberry, raspberry and medlar fruits; calendula, Judas tree and Allium flowers; and chestnut and acorn nuts. Jo was a primary school teacher, layout artist, print manager and childminder before setting up Transition Finsbury Park and then founding Edible Landscapes London. She also enjoys climbing, yoga and dancing.

Rob Hopkins

Transition Network (UK)
Rob Hopkins is a co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and Transition Network, and the author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff, The Transition Handbook, and The Transition Companion. In 2012 he was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists and was on NESTA and the Observer’s list of Britain’s 50 New Radicals. Hopkins has also appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Four Thought and A Good Read, in the French film phenomenon Demain and sequel Apres Demain, and has spoken at TEDGlobal and 3 TEDx events. An Ashoka Fellow, Hopkins also holds a doctorate degree from the University of Plymouth and has received two honorary doctorates from the University of the West of England and the University of Namur. He is a keen gardener, a founder of New Lion Brewery in Totnes, and a director of Totnes Community Development Society, the group behind Atmos Totnes. He is the author of ‘From What Is to What If: unleashing the power of imagination to create the future we want’. He blogs at www.transitionnetwork.org and www.robhopkins.net, and you can find him on Twitter at @robintransition.

Dave Jacke

Dynamics Ecological Design (USA)
Dave Jacke, primary author of Edible Forest Gardens, has studied ecological design since the mid-1970s. He has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities across the US and overseas. He homesteads in western Massachusetts USA.

Geoff Lawton

The Permaculture Research Institute Australia
Geoff is the managing director of The Permaculture Research Institute Australia and The Permaculture Research Institute USA. Establishing sustainable aid projects as permaculture demonstration sites that also function as education centres for local and international students has become a major focus with the establishment of permaculture research institutes in Jordan, Afghanistan, Spain, Malaysia, Vietnam, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Thailand, China and many more countries underway. Geoff presented the film Establishing a Food Forest in 2008, and has been extensively involved in the discovery and development of food forests in Australasia, the Middle East and other regions. He continues to develop Zaytuna Farm in NSW as a working permaculture education and demonstration farm.

Geneviève Michon

IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) France
Ethnobiologist (Ph.D), currently permanent senior scientist at IRD, Genevieve Michon has a 35 years-long research experience on native agroforestry knowledge and practices in the humid tropics (Indonesia, Congo), semi-arid mountainous areas (Morocco) and southern Europe (Corsica, Languedoc). She is also a photo-artist and produces books and exhibitions on "peasant trees" in the Mediterranean region.

P. K. Nair

P. K. Ramachandran Nair Distinguished Professor, University of Florida (USA)
Prof. Nair is a pioneering researcher and educator and a world leader in agroforestry. A founding member of ICRAF (World Agroforestry Centre) in 1977, his path-breaking research on multistory cropping with tree crops in his native Kerala, India, during the early 1970s contributed to laying the scientific foundations of agroforestry. During his outstanding career with ICRAF and at the University of Florida, Prof. Nair has made unparalleled contributions to the development of agroforestry in terms of scientific and professional publications and presentations around the world, training young scientists and professionals, providing scientific backstopping to leading development organizations, etc. His numerous recognitions include Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science, American Societies of Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, and Forestry; the Humboldt Prize of Germany; and honorary doctorate degrees from Universities of Kyoto, Guelph, Santiago de Compostela and others.

Steven Newman

Visiting Professor (Agroforestry), Leeds University
Professor Steven Newman is MD of BioDiversity International Ltd. The company is involved with investments in agroforestry worldwide leading to the planting of over 8 million trees as part of equitable social development projects. He is currently Visiting Professor (Agroforestry) in the School of Biology at Leeds University. He is co editor of the leading text book on temperate agroforestry and has published over 70 papers on agroforestry . He has recently set up Grow A Better Future CIC which aims to facilitate community and land restoration villages that help communities to capture a more equitable share of land betterment values to give the following benefits • Rural environment improved • Healthier food • Reduced carbon footprint • Improved social benefit • Livelihoods enhanced or new livelihoods created • Amenity value increased • Housing and accommodation facilitated

Jerome Osentowski

Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
A forager and permaculturist, Jerome Osentowski lives in a passive solar home he built at 7200 feet above Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Director and founder of Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and a permaculture designer for thirty years, he has built five greenhouses for himself and scores of others for private clients and public schools in the Rockies and more. He makes his living from an intensively cultivated indoor and outdoor forest garden and plant nursery, which he uses as a backdrop for intensive permaculture and greenhouse design courses. Among his accomplishments is hosting the longest-running Permaculture Design Course in the world, now at thirty-three years running. Jerome has also been instrumental in identifying, conserving, and propagating heritage fruit trees that have survived and borne crops for over a century in the harsh environment of the Roaring Fork Valley. Jerome’s explorations of sustainable systems and his travels for development projects have taken him all around the world.


Huelemu (Chile)
After a music career and inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka, I returned to my home town to begin a life connected to nature at my family land in the temperate/mediterranean zone of central Chile. Soon, I discovered that the nature of this land was entirely degraded, being intensively used for monocultures of rice, corn and wheat. Knowing that this wetland used to be an old growth forest a few hundred years ago, I focused all my energy to regenerate the ecosystem to a well balanced and abundant state, both for wildlife and human beings. Therefore, while restoring the native forest for wildlife and for the water balance, the only natural way to grow food and other materials was to create a forest garden and a diverse agroforestry system. Thus the project Huelemu is born, an agroforestry and forest gardening research center, mainly focused on trees and perennials for the development of “Bosquicultura” (forest culture). Since 2015 I started the establishment of the forest and I run forest garden courses every year. www.huelemu.org

Adolfo Rosati

Farmer + Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (Italy)
Adolfo Rosati is both a farmer and a PhD researcher at the Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), in Italy. He has been a Visiting Scientist for several years in different Countries, including the USA, Spain, UK, and has been a Fulbright scholar at the Agroforestry Centre of the University of Missouri, USA. He works on agroecology, agroforestry and ecophysiology of trees and understory crops. He was a partner in AGFORWARD (www.agforward.eu), the largest agroforestry project funded by the European Commission (2014-2017). Dr. Rosati is a founding member of the European Agroforestry Federation (EURAF) (www.eurafagroforestry.eu) and served in its executive committee as the national delegate for Italy and then as deputy secretary. He has been founder, coordinator or member of different Agoforesty working groups. As a farmer he shares a farm in central Italy with his wife, where they grow many different crops, including over 1300 different varieties of fruit species (450 varieties of apples, 80 of figs, plus persimmons, kakis, cherries, pears, medlars, quinces, sorbs, mulberries, cornelian cherries, etc.). They have a forest garden with unusual edibles and raise a few animals. They make a large variety of products (cheeses, yogurt, eggs, fruits and vegetables, fruit juices, dried fruits, olive oil), and produce wild asparagus plants. Farm produce is sold to a WhatsApp group.

Siegfried Tatschl

Siegfried Tatschl is co-founder of Permaculture Austria. A specialist in the field of fruit variety including old and rare as well as new cultivars and a trained social worker, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor, he has combined the two vocations and relevant expertise to develop a concept known as Edible Town – Edible Community, which aims to transform public green areas into fruit orchards. He sees this as the Garden of the Future, intended to promote shared community experiences and, in addition, provide a strategy for the preservation of fruit and nut diversity. Edible Towns promote a sense of belonging and responsibility for "my" street, "my" town, "my" playground. His concept "Kirchberg am Wagram – the first Edible Community of Lower Austria" won him third prize at the European Ecological Garden Award 2015. His book "555 Obstsorten für den Permakulturgarten und –balkon" (555 Fruit Varieties for Permaculture Gardens and Balconies) is a comprehensive inventory of the most diverse of fruit varieties suited for cultivation in Europe and North America.

Eric Toensmeier

Perennial Solutions (USA)
Eric Toensmeier is the award-winning author of Paradise Lot and Perennial Vegetables, and the co-author of Edible Forest Gardens as well as a contributor for Drawdown. He is an appointed lecturer at Yale University, and an international trainer, presenting in English and Spanish in the US, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean. Eric has studied permaculture and useful plants of the world for over two decades. He managed an urban farm project for five years, ran a seed company, and co-developed a farm business training curriculum that is now used in eight US states and three Canadian provinces. Eric’s most recent book is the Carbon Farming: a Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture Practices which was backed by supporters through a Kickstarter campaign.

Wouter van Eck

Food Forest Ketelbroek (Netherlands)
Wouter van Eck is designer and co-farmer of Food Forest Ketelbroek in the Netherlands, being created in 2009 on a bare field of 2.5 hectare. Before starting this initiative he was head of the campaign on Food and Agriculture of Friends of the Earth. Nowadays Wouter is the chairperson of Stichting Voedselbosbouw Nederland (Foundation Food Forestry Netherlands), which is concentrating on the conversion of conventional farmlands to food forests. One of the projects of his foundation is a pilot farm, being a food forest of 20 hectare. Wouter is involved in building a growing food forest movement, by stimulating research by students, designing food forests, co-operating with government institutions and spreading knowledge via numerous lectures and courses in both the Netherlands and Belgium.

Philipp Weiss

Puttmyra Forest Garden (Sweden)
Philipp Weiss is a forest gardening practitioner, consultant and teacher based in central Sweden at 60.45° North. He is the main author of the critically acclaimed book on cold climate forest gardening called “Skogsträdgården: odla ätbart överallt” (tr: "The forest garden: grow edibles everywhere") which received the prestigious Swedish Gardening Book of the Year Award in 2018. His practical experience spans across most of the Nordic countries and he has been involved in the creation of more than a dozen forest gardens across Sweden and Norway. In 2011, after they ran out of space in their home garden, he and his family started establishing Puttmyra Forest Garden, which boasts more than 400 edible plant species planted on an area of 1.5 ha. Together they run a small nursery for forest garden plants suited for the cold Swedish conditions. Philipp documents many of his experiences on his tremendously popular Forest Gardening Blog, https://xn--skogstrdgrden-hfbr.xn--stjrnsund-x2a.nu/.

Martijn Aalbrecht

de Voedselboss
Martijn discovered food forestry a few years ago and was inspired to start his own on a sandy ex-forested site in the Netherlands.

Xavier San Giorgi

AE Architecture & Ecology
Xavier San Giorgi is fascinated by perennial food systems. As a whole systems designer he aims to restore ecosystems and reconnect people with nature. In his projects he dexterously assumes the role of curator, ecologist, architect, educator, perennial edible plant expert, landscaper or entrepreneur. He collaborates with large groups of like-minded people, professionals and governments. Xavier is the curator, designer and entrepreneur of Utopia Island for the 2022 World Horticultural Exhibition (Floriade) and onwards, demonstrating how we can incorporate perennial agriculture into our cities. He is designing the Urban Food Forest Rijnvliet (15 ha), a new residential area in the city of Utrecht. Other projects he is involved with range from organic farms to edible schoolyards, estates, research of perennial plants and market gardens. He has traveled to projects in the US, Cuba, UK, Jordan, Romania, Sweden in order to acquire first hand experience. Xavier is founder of AE-Food Forestry Development, chairman of Stichting Weerwoud and partakes in the food transition lab ‘The Harvest of Tomorrow’.

Sandra Alderden & Santi Bonnetisane

Simply Canvas Farm
Sandra and Santi have been monk and nun in Plum Village, the Buddhist monastery of Thich Nhat Hanh, where they have had years of training in mindfulness and meditation. Trading their robes for muddy jeans and wellies they have been living since 2008 on their farm in South West France. There they have created a holiday destination and a non-profit permaculture and agroforestry parc on 12.5 acres (5 hectares) of land. For Sandra and Santi a healthy soul and healthy soil are interconnected.

Bridget O'Brien & Charlie Brennan

Garden Juju Collective
Dr. Charlie Brennan has 30 years of experience, from hands-on work. Charlie, Bridget and team consult, design, project manage, educate & research – weaving together eco-landscaping, social ecology, regenerative agriculture and conservation. A co-founder of Garden Juju Collective and the Director of Sacred Places PL, Charlie travels the world offering design, consultation & a range of workshops.

Bridget O’Brien weaves beauty and function into her life and work. Bridget, Charlie and team consult, design, project manage, educate & research – weaving together eco-landscaping, social ecology, regenerative agriculture and conservation. Bridget’s studies and work focus on care and design of personal well-being, community building and land-use. A co-founder of Garden Juju Collective, Bridget also shares her passion for impactful loving service through work as an educator and designer with Resilient Spirals LLC.

Benjamin Bro-Jørgensen

Benjamin is creating a Forest Garden at 62 degrees North in Norway, where the short summers and cold winters create big challenges.

Jouke Bruinsma

Jouke has spent the last ten years establishing gardens and learning about agroforestry. He moved to Sweden to build an off-grid home and design a forest garden suitable to the Scandinavian climate. Once in Sweden he became interested in oaks as a potential staple crop, and started collecting acorns from around the world. Today he is in the process of starting a tree nursery to sell trees that thrive in Scandinavian agroforestry projects.

Malika Cieremans

Circle Ecology Food Forestry
Malika Cieremans is a passionate and experienced food forest teacher, designer and researcher. She is based in Wageningen, The Netherlands, where she happily lives with her partner. Malika founded her own company “CircleEcology foodforests & edible green space” and has been developing a food forest in a forest, Het Voedselrijk, since 2019. This is a dream come true, as she envisioned an experimental demonstration site ever since her MSc thesis on forest gardening in the 1990s, inspired by permaculture, Robert Hart, deep ecology, and Russia’s magnificent forest ecosystems and traditional uses. In between, she travelled and lived in many countries, contributing to bottom-up projects on natural gardening, reforestation and landscape restoration. She also worked as a PhD researcher, as policymaker for the Dutch ministry service for countryside development (DLG), as water landscape engineer in Portugal, and as translator of a number of books on healthy farming, gardening and living.

Stefanie Delarue

Landschaps- en tuinarchitectuur en Landschapsontwikkeling
Stefanie Delarue is a biologist specialised in botany and ecology. As a lecturer and researcher within the Bachelor Landscape and Garden Architecture and the Bachelor after Bachelor Landscape Development of the University College Ghent (HOGENT), she is responsible for the pillars plant materials, ecology and landscape management. Recently, biodiversity, the usable landscape and food forests are central themes in her research and teaching. She organises and supervises a food forest design workshop for landscape and garden architecture students. She wass also involved in a research project on the future of estate landscapes in Europe, featuring leading innovations in estate management from different parts of Europe, more specifically in the integration of food forests in such estates. For the book that will result from this research project, she is co-author of the chapter on the traditions of rural innovation, food production and gastronomy on estates and how food forests may serve as a contemporary extension of these traditions.

Paul de Graaf

Cooperative Ondergrond
An independent designer and researcher since 2003, Paul de Graaf investigates possibilities for designing the human habitat as a sustainable socio-ecological system; reintroducing natural processes and ecological principles in the humanmade environment. He is an expert on the sustainable integration of agriculture and other multi-functional living systems in the city, and initiator of a number of local networks, innovative collaborations and events in this field (including Edible Rotterdam, ERGroeit Festival, Rotterdam Forest Garden Network). With Cooperative Ondergrond he initiates and develops food forests in and around the city. He studied the role urban and peri-urban agriculture can play in the city as well as the possibilities for food forestry and agroforestry in the Netherlands. He is attached to Rural Sociology as an external PhD. The subject of his dissertation is “Engaging urban food initiatives in planning. Urban food planning in a complex, pluralistic society”. www.pauldegraaf.eu www.ondergrond.eu

Louis de Jaeger

Food Forest Institute
Louis De Jaeger designs commercial food forests and agroecological farms, with food production as the core business with his landscape architecture firm Commensalist. His two major missions in life: inspire as many people as possible and transform as many acres as sustainably as possible. He travelled the world at 18 to find out we are destroying it. Coincidently he discovered permaculture and got addicted to it. He visited farms across the globe and got stranded in the Moroccan desert. Eye to eye with a dead landscape, he decided to dedicate his life to restoring health to our planet and started his studies in plant science. He writes books about the future of agriculture and food forests, and articles for magazines and newspapers. Louis co-founded Food Forest Institute, a non-profit, to inspire as many people as possible to start food forest farming: with research, demo farms, a documentary, a series and much more.

Philippe Etienne

Paysage Sauvage
Philippe is a landscape gardener and artist living in the Basque Country (South-West France). The first encounter with traditional forest gardens and permaculture in Ecuador led to wwoofing in various places, a PDC with Robyn Francis, and finally leaving a career in product design. ‘Paysage Sauvage’ was then created in 2007 to offer landscaping services: gardens that feel nourishing on various levels. Philippe also gives talks and provides education on forest gardening. The way humans interact with and relate to nature is a main subject of enquiry. Yoga, as well as running, hiking and ski touring are modes of exploration that feed the creative processes. Paintings, sculptures and installations are created for different settings and extend the global approach into the cultural and symbolic. https://holo-inter.net/

Jelle Fekkes

Landscape Foodscape
Jelle Fekkes runs Fekkes Landscaping, garden and landscape architects, who have been working for twenty years on assignments that go from place to park, from garden to outside, from square to district and from city landscape to farmland, for private and government, company or foundation. Assignments are tackled from an ecological approach, focused on integral, sustainable and natural solutions.

Pip Gilmore

Groene Takken / Green Branches
Hugging tree logs is almost a daily activity for Pip Gilmore from Groene Takken (Green Branches). Her small one-person company in the Netherlands focusses on Edible Wood, a way of upgrading logs to a more respectful and natural part of the human food chain. Most of the logs come from a thinning from small patches of forest. Instead of being used for biomass they are brought to one of the many Edible Wood Farms managed by Pip and are inoculated with shii-take spawn. Once the logs have produced shii-take mushrooms the better-looking logs can be sold as Edible Wood to consumers and faulty logs can be kept on location for mushroom production for restaurants and markets. Profit can be made by integrating the Edible Wood Farm into a multifunctional enterprise, prudent expansion, working with community-based groups and using local sources.

Frank Gorter

Estate Welna
Forest Farm Welna is an initiative by Frank Gorter to explore the ecological foundation of production forests in the Netherlands. Production forests are often part of a nature protection framework, yet these forests take economy as a leading principle and ecology as a side product. It’s Franks goal to take ecology as a leading principle, asserting that trees themselves don’t have to be the main assets on the balance sheets of the forestry company. Maybe we could live off the surplus of the forest and treat wood as a byproduct. In 2016 he teamed up with The Plant and started cooperating with the foundation of Food Forestry Netherlands to explore this idea. They developed 4 different business cases for a forestry model. On the estate Welna he is planning a 14 hectare food forest plot to demonstrate and explore the possibility of food production in nature protected areas.

Susannah Hall

Permablitz London
Susannah Hall is a designer, trainer and facilitator for Permablitz London. She is the gardener at Cecil Sharp House and co-ordinator at the Josiah Braithwaite Community Garden. She has designed a forest garden for Forest Farm Peace Garden and co-designed (with Kayode Olafimihan) the food forest at Northwick Park Community Garden and Battersea Arts Centre. www.permablitzlondon.com

Salah Hammad

Global Permaculture Research Institute
Salah’s passion for the environment and sustainable food production started while working with struggling small farmers in Jordan. The experience exposed him to the urgent need for an alternative approach. This is when he decided to make the transition into a career in permaculture following a number of years in the food manufacuring industry. During his career, Salah has led and trained large teams in different food production, agroecology and permaculture projects. After managing the Zaytuna Farm, home of the permaculture Research Institute for over 3 years, now operating as a consultant. Designing, establishing and managing sustainable agriculture and permaculture projects. Salah has taught and co-taught a variety of courses in permaculture design and various related subjects on different sites. With experience in dry arid, temperate, subtropical and tropical climates covering both urban and broad acre setups, he is aiming to design and install systems that empower individuals and communities with permaculture tools that will help them meet their needs and care for the earth.

Stijn Heijs

Food Forest "In 't Holt"
Stijn Heijs is a self-employed interim turn-around manager for managing change in underperforming companies in the profit sector. Stijn is a son of a supermarket entrepreneur and has a long experience in managing agrifood chains. He studied mechanical engineering and business administration, marketing. After his study he acted mostly as commercial and or managing director of agrifood companies in several countries in Europe. Beside his professional work Stijn has been very active in nature conservation and environment. He was president of a nature working group and forest management. He is initiator and board director of a solar energy cooperative. Since 2016 he develops his own food forest of 1,3 ha and he coordinates a network of food forests owners in the south east of the Netherlands. Since 2020 Stijn joined the board of the Food Forest Foundation in The Netherlands with a focus on business models for food forests.

Steven Heyde

University College Ghent
Steven Heyde is a landscape architect and a former scientific researcher at the Ghent University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Belgium. He is specialised in food forests and the future of historic estates in Europe. Alongside research activities, he was also a supervisor for students in landscape architecture working on design projects for food forests. Currently he is finishing a book on the future of estate landscapes in Europe, featuring leading innovations in estate management (food production, nature conservation, renewable energy, climate resilience, etc.) from different parts of Europe. The book also includes a chapter on the traditions of rural innovation, food production and gastronomy on estates and how food forests may serve as a contemporary extension of these traditions.

Tycho Holcomb & Karoline Nolso Aaen

Permakulturhaven Myrrhis
Myrrhis is both a homestead and an innovative and experimental project with the intention to test new varieties and species, and growing techniques within the field of integrated small agroforestry. Our vision is to produce nutritious food in a functioning agro-ecosystem with nature as a model. The site has developed from a small forest garden by our house to a 4 ha. agroforestry site with nuts, fruits, berries, perennial vegetables and herbs, annual no-till market garden for u-pick CSA subscribers and local restaurants, as well as integrated animals in holistic grazing systems, a small plant nursery and seed production for the Danish climate and local conditions. The place is owned by Tycho Holcomb and Karoline Nolsø Aaen. Permakulturhaven.dk

Minni Jain

Earthlinks UK
Minni Jain is the Operations Director of the Flow Partnership working globally on community driven decentralised water management and landscape restoration. Through setting up a water school, she is making accessible to communities globally, the work of reviving rivers and stopping flooding. www.theflowpartnership.org

Eva Johansson

Skillebyholm Research
Eva Johansson is the initiator and project manager of Pilot project to assess perennial vegetables for commercial production in Sweden. Eva has worked as research assistant Swedish Biodynamic research institute on several projects with a focus on food production. In Canada, she was project coordinator at Kootenay Camas Project and owner of West Kootenay Plants Ltd specilaizing in commercial production of plants for ecological restoration projects. She has a Master of Science with a Major in Earth Sciences from Stockholm University and Diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. ‘I have enough experience to recognize that our food and social systems face large challenges that can’t be fixed by applying simplistic solutions. I am optimistic enough to think that we still have opportunities to make well-considered decisions concerning all our futures.’

Marieke Karssen

The Plant
Marieke Karssen (1964) worked as an entrepreneur with computers and the world wide web for her complete professional career. In 2001 she burned out and discovered gardening and growing her own food as the best medicine. Her knowledge about natural systems grew from there. In 2015 she started The Plant, a network of freelancers that all have online skills, but also a green heart. With this growing team + network she develops communities, events, campaigns, websites, courses, crowdfunding and online tools for the agroforestry world and local food supply chain. All with one question in mind: how to scale the pioneering ideas about restoring paradise from the early adopters to an early majority so that real people can start having real jobs in a new kind of economy. One that cares and strives for abundance. Just like nature.

Conor Kendrew

Conor Kendrew: Ecosystem Consultancy and Permaculture Design
Conor Kendrew is an agroecologist and permaculture designer based in Cornwall; his talk will cover his research on the links between the application of ecological principles to agroecosystem design and soil health for his MRes Sustainable Environmental Management in 2018. The research features two ART sites and a local chemical free wheat cultivation. The methods applied in this research are applicable to any agroecosystem in any climate and may offer an opportunity for us to design systems with an optimum balance between production and environmental enhancement. Soil research focuses on erodibility, carbon capture and storage, nutrient levels and microbial biomass. Today Conor works in higher education for Cornwall college and is designing, consulting and managing a number of permaculture projects across Devon and Cornwall.

John Kent

John is creating a forest garden where he lives in the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey.

Maxime Leloup

L'Être Végétal association : Silva Domestica project ; Ver de Terre Production
Maxime Leloup first studied math and at some point got interested in plants, particularly wild edible ones and forest gardens. He then studied botany and economic botany at the “Collège Pratique d’Ethnobotanique” for 3 years. This experience led him to practice commercial WEP harvesting for 7 years, besides teaching plant identification and uses. Stepping aside towards his first appeal for research, he recently graduated in geography, focusing his reflexion on human-plant interaction. From the individual scale such as wild plant harvesting and tending, to the system scale that people practice in ecosystem domestication and forest gardening. The first step on this path is a master’s thesis about territorial evolution and forest gardens in France. The next step is the development of temperate forest garden cultural and ecological tools, which tends to be a PhD project still under construction.

Andreas Maier

As a software developer, always interested in gardening and edible plants, I found out about edible forest gardens via the internet. I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea and the search for a plot of land began. In 2013 I started on a green, more or less terraced meadow. Not owning a car yet, that I wanted to do without for environmental reasons, I transported the first trees with public busses to the plot of land. Since then I'm trying to meet the challenges of establishing an edible forest garden on this plot of land increasingly with experiments and observations. In addition I talked about edible forest gardens on the radio and I'm writing a software that will support it's design - as far as my resources and time allow.

Chris Mallorie

I’m a professional Gardener based in the UK and now Portugal who became interested in organic methods and eventually permaculture. I discovered forest gardening at the Manchester International Festival in 2012 where a forest garden had been created outside an old urban mill and it was really interesting. Inspired by a weekend course and armed with Martin Crawford’s book I began creating a forest garden in 2014 and have sought and accumulated experience of pruning fruit trees in diverse contexts around Europe since then. I have been lucky to learn from some excellent arborists and my investigations led to a post-graduate certificate in Researching Holistic Agroecology with the Crossfields Institute, during which my focus was on pruning apple trees in different contexts.

Simon Miles

The Forest Garden
Plants have been Simon’s career, initially studying ornamental gardening, then medicinal species and their benefits, and now edible plant systems for a more sustainable future. Operating from his Forest Garden site in Cornwall, South western England, he has been researching and developing low input, carbon neutral food production to add resilience to local food supply. His work includes determining the best crops to plant in the mild wet climate, teaching others who are looking to set up their own Forest Garden, through either a course, consultation session or a tour of the garden, and providing the useful species from his nursery to help get folks started.

Violaine Mussault

Les Saprophytes
Violaine is a landscape designer, graduating from the National School of Landscape Architecture in Versailles. She has worked since 2007 in Lille (France) in the collective Les Saprophytes, which she co-founded. She has also taught at the Lille School of Architecture and Landscape since 2015. In 2012, she discovered agroecology, and became passionate about soil and plants whilst developing an urban agriculture project for a district of Lille. She trained at “Terre et Humanisme” then at the “Ferme du Bec Hellouin”, before immersing herself in understanding the nourishing ecosystems of forest-garden, and training with Martin Crawford. Violaine defines herself today as a gardener passionate about living beings and systems. She has provided specific training on forest-gardens since 2018.
Vimala Nair.  Research Professor, PhD.  Soil and Water Science.

Vimala Nair

University of Florida, USA
Vimala Nair, Research Professor at the University of Florida, USA, is an internationally recognized expert in nutrient management and carbon sequestration in soils. Her primary research activities are related to the fate and transport of phosphorus from agricultural lands and water quality issues related to animal-based agriculture. Nair has collaborated in projects and/or organized workshops/conference sessions in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Spain, and the USA. She was educated in Malaysia, India, and Germany. She has been a courtesy faculty member at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain since 2009. Vimala Nair was recognized as a 2013 Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and a 2014 Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. She has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Environmental Quality, and Agroecology and Ecosystem Services – Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.

Franck Nathié

La Forêt Nourricière
Frank is a Researcher, Trainer, Author and Designer, and has 20 years of research and experience on organic multi-storey cultivation. He is a specialist in forest gardens and multi-level cultivation in temperate climates, and is the founder of the association La Forêt Nourricière. His videos have 1.5 million youtube views, and he has written 5 books considered as references in France.

Jenny Pickup

Jenny has over 20 years’ experience working in suicide prevention and mental health. She has extensive experience of crisis intervention work with a range of client groups. In 2006 she co-founded Grassroots Suicide Prevention, an innovative suicide prevention charity based in Brighton, Sussex. Jenny is a senior coach and instructor with LivingWorks Education, the developers of the ASIST and safeTALK programmes. She is proud to be one of the original cohort of ASK facilitators (https://askworkshop.org.uk/) here in the UK. When not in the training room Jenny can be found enjoying off-grid living in a field somewhere in Cornwall.

Emma Pilgrim

Emma has been involved in research at the University of Exeter, on forest gardens, people and wildlife.

aLp Pir

Functional Forests
I’m a life nourisher and a regenerative farmer. I focus on growing life-nourishing relationships and doing life-nourishing work. I studied political science and philosophy and received my Masters Degree in Development Studies where I focused on Food System Resilience. I spent 10 years working in the global logistics industry developing supply chain solutions. I co-founded Bugday Association for Ecological Living in 2002. I became deeply fascinated by the functionings of Indigenous Cultures and started learning from them. In 2010, I took a Permaculture Design Certificate course from Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton whereafter I spent a year working in a Heritage Seed Institute. I then started farming my own land in South Western Turkey full-time. In 2017, I spent a week with Ernst Götsch planting in the Spanish Coastline. Since then I focused my learning and practice on combining Indigenous- and Syntropic Farming methods to develop Functional Forests that Nourish Life.

Sebastian Pole

Pukka Herbs
I practice traditional herbal medicine and is Master Herbsmith and Co-founder of Pukka Herbs. I am passionate about how herbalism can help serve society, the sustainable supply of organic and practitioner grade herbs as well as working with communities to protect both their livelihoods and local ecosystems. I’ve spent the last 20 years dedicated to bringing the best quality herbs for Pukka’s herbal teas and organic wellbeing supplements whilst pioneering sustainable organic and fairwild herbal value chains. More recently I started www.herbalreality.com and a medicinal seed collection project in Somerset www.earthsongseeds.com to help share traditional, scientific and practical insights in herbal medicine. Serving on Pukka’s Board and Mission Council, a trustee of The FairWild Foundation, and the Betonica School of Medicine, the Advisory Board of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the American Botanical Council Sustainable Herbs Project. Author of Ayurvedic Medicine: The Principles of Traditional Practice; A Pukka Life; Celebrating 10 Pukka years; and Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea.

Thomas Regnault

For nearly 10 years Thomas has been fascinated by patterns of food consumption and production. That led him to come across forest gardens which, with their high diversity and resilience, instantly appeared like the obvious solution to our problems of sustainable food production. He then attended several courses and visited many forest gardens. He has come to know the main actors of the forest garden movement in Europe and extended his interest to the history of how humans have interacted with forest ecosystems both before and after sedentarisation. He also have created my own forest garden in Brittany, France. He has also been professionally making music videos, short documentaries and music composition for 12 years.

Tomas Remiarz

Forest Gardening in Practice
Tomas Remiarz has been involved in design, planting and maintenance of forest gardens across the UK and Europe for 25 years. He has conducted the first comprehensive survey of temperate forest gardens with the Permaculture Association and is author of the book “Forest Gardening in Practice” https://forestgardeninginpractice.com/

Matt Reynolds

Matt lives with his partner in Cornwall, South western England, where he in managing and creating two forest gardens in this mild and wet climate.

Dave Richards

Dave has been involved in community growing projects since the late 70s - initially with city farms in Bristol and at Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) since 1989. For the past 20 years he has enjoyed watching the RISC forest garden mature into an oasis of edible calm in the town centre that is a demonstration hub for sustainable urban design and an example of what is possible on just 30cm of substrate. Dave designs school and community gardens and trains teachers in how to maximise the educational value of the outdoor classroom across the whole curriculum but especially as a tool for raising awareness of global issues. .

Malte Rod

Rod & Lund
Malte Rod is a nursery gardener specializing in perennial crops, mostly leafy ones. His main focus is the culinary use of perennial vegetables, a topic that is relatively lacking in literature. He is currently researching for a book on the subject, drawing on both ethnobotanical record, contemporary regional cuisines and principles from restaurant as well home cooking. He is part of running Rod & Lund, a small backyard nursery outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. https://www.instagram.com/malterod/

Bastiaan Rooduijn

Natvise / Ondergrond Foundation
Bastiaan graduated in ecology and forestry at Wageningen University, where he enhanced his lifetime passion for biodiversity and sustainable food production, culminating into a never-ending quest for knowledge and applications of edible plants species in food forest systems. He has been building and applying his knowledge and experience in this field for more than 5 years now, from advice, design, realization, maintenance and exploitation to research. Since 2019 Bastiaan is executive and scientific coordinator of the National Monitoring Program Food Forests, which collects and evaluates ecological, economic and social data in a standardized way among a large group of Dutch food forests. Together with Paul de Graaf and Max De Corte, Bastiaan is also founding partner of Cooperative Ondergrond, a cooperative of food forest entrepreneurs based in Rotterdam, joining over 8 years of experience with currently 15 self-managed urban forest garden and food forest sites and many more designs for others. Within Ondergrond, Bastiaan is an ecologist, plant expert and food forest designer. He works on knowledge development and shares his knowledge in tours, lectures and workshops. www.ondergrond.eu; www.natvise.com;

Kath Rosen

The Orchard Project
Kath is the CEO at The Orchard Project, a UK charity dedicated to bringing orchards into the heart of urban communities. Through urban orchards we help strengthen and connect communities, improve local green spaces for people and wildlife, train volunteers to learn new skills, run events and activities, and develop a local free source of healthy fresh fruit. Kath began her career running nature conservation projects in London and has worked for a number of environmental and community development charities for the last 20 years. She trained in international development and lived for a few years in Zimbabwe including studying permaculture. Being involved in urban agriculture at this point in time with multiple crises piling on us feels like a tangible positive act. Through our work, we see how powerful community produced food is in addressing multiple issues from inequality to isolation to personal and community well-being.

Jennifer Schulz

University of Potsdam
After working for 20 years with rural forest gardens, Jennifer decided to return to the city. She is now working with urban forest gardens in Berlin and other German cities.

Anne Stobart

Holt Wood Herbs
Anne Stobart is a medical herbalist, grower and researcher. She has taught herbal medicine on professional programmes including Middlesex University, UK. Her research interests span from early modern herbal history to sustainable supplies of herbal medicine. She is a member of the advisory board for the Journal of Herbal Medicine, and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter. Anne cofounded the Holt Wood Herbs project based on permaculture design principles, transforming a redundant conifer plantation into a thriving medicinal forest garden. Her publications include Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England, (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016) and The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (Permanent Publications, 2020). At present Anne is developing the Medicinal Forest Garden Trust and working with several groups on herbal forest garden projects.

Sagara Vajra

East Devon Forest Garden
Sagara: Life has been an emerging living experiment of many chapters. His three-acre Forest Garden, now 11 years old, is a synthesis of all that has gone before: studying horticulture and subtropical orchard production then working in the horticulture industry in New Zealand, working as a professional Photographer, studying Psychosynthesis, becoming ordained and living four and a half years on a Buddhist retreat in the Spanish mountains, working as a Sculptor and developing Land Art Projects with an unfolding curiosity and earthy inventiveness. An in-depth study of Forest Gardening led to him absorbing many of the principles of Permaculture. All the way along Sagara has been developing the ‘Mandala Life Design’ as a means to help others uncover and live out their deep purpose. He is a Tutor on the Shift Bristol Practical Sustainability Courses, where his Mandala life design workshops and visits to the Forest Garden are regular features.

Pablo Van Neste

Wageningen University - Organic Agriculture
Pablo Van Neste is an alumnus of Wageningen University and Research and has a master in Organic Agriculture and wrote a thesis on 'Children’s Ideas for Designing Educational Forest Gardens in the Netherlands'. He is an active member of Droevendaal Food Forest located on the campus together with Jordy van Eijk, Louise van der Stok, Arnold van der Leij and Kees van Veluw. For the last few years, he has spent his time nurturing the link between agroforestry and outdoor learning through the Ecoliteracy Program at the University. His passion for music, ecology, children, and playing games all contribute to the success the program has made. Pablo hopes to contribute to building a generation of forest garden educators and outdoor classrooms based on the principles of permaculture, ecoliteracy and deep ecology. He plans to co-create a forest garden with his best friends.

Sabien Windels

Roof Food
Sabien is the founder and director of Roof Food, an urban agriculture project located in Ghent, Belgium. On the rooftop of a company center, she created an urban garden of 500 m2, growing over more than 150 varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Sabien wants to bring edible green to the city and use nature as a source of inspiration in our daily lives. For 6 years, Roof Food provided refined catering on B2B events, fueled by the harvest of their rooftop. In the summer they served a gastronomic 5 course dinner on their rooftop. After these years of pioneering and trying different business models, they now advise and design new projects with a focus on community city gardens.


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Martin is founder and Director of the Agroforestry Research Trust