It is our understanding that to create the most sustainable, or better, regenerative systems, it is useful to follow the patterns seen in nature ( natural forests etc) Forests all have a pattern language, things in common, or principles or ‘laws of nature’, that they are based on… it is these patterns that make the systems regenerative, in every way.
Temperate Food Forests in Aotearoa
Tips on designing and creating a temperate food forest
Koanga Institute Forest Garden Database
This database was put together after many requests on the special qualities of various forest garden trees, their soil preferences, how to germinate seed and where to buy them from. This is a very comprehensive list, enjoy!
Koanga Forest Garden Management chart
This was published in our February 2021 Fruit Tree Catalogue and will be in future editions of our Design Your Own Forest Garden booklet
The Forest_Garden_Management_Chart will be updated as our understanding increases
Designing a chicken forage system
How to create a perennial, regenerative chicken feed system in cold temperate New Zealand. Details ripening times to help you select plants to provide food for your chickens. The chart is available to view in more detail here
We love robinias - they are nitrogen fixers and also great for bee forage, poultry forage, ground durable posts, shelter, ramial wood chip and firewood. They are amazing trees, if you have the time to manage them. However robinia is a tree that requires careful management. Read more ....
Mineral accumulators chart A quick reference chart showing the most appropriate trees to grow in our forest gardens to ensure a wide range of minerals are accumulated and recycled and / or gathered to use in the vege garden for compost
Ramial Wood Chip
Sadly we live in a time where soils have been degraded through many decades of industrial agricultural practices. At Koanga we realised long ago the importance of regenerating soils to support healthy plant growth and to allow these food plants to express their full genetic and nutritional potential. Over the decades we have built knowledge of how to build healthy living soils and over recent years have realised the potential of using ramial wood chip as part of this process. Find out more about using ramial wood chip below.