Wild forests grow the densest biomass on Earth with no help from humans.  Similarly, food forests are home gardens designed like wild forests that abundantly produce food and supplies for humans and wildlife year-round and last for generations.

   Welcome to the future of gardening, where tilling and hard work are replaced by receiving abundance!   Nature provides the best return on investment on Earth. Because of the fractally expansive lifeforce patterns that grow exponentially, it offers a phenomenal investment return. For example, if you plant 1 seed, you can receive 1000 seeds in less than a year. That’s a 999% investment return. So you can imagine how it can grow from there.   Gardens are interwoven communities of living species created to work in their specific ways to participate and help the whole community thrive and sustain infinitely abundant and everlasting Gaian gardens. Imagine all those creatures working in syntropy to grow food and support each other!  I hope you enjoy this book and that you get onto the path and grow your infinitely expansive food forest system that provides food and wellness for people and wildlife as it restores health to Mother Earth!  Living on Earth is like attending a large university every day. We can choose to be students and learn lessons from our experiences. I share the lessons I have learned during the ten years of co-creating a food forest with the wildlife in my yard. The trees vary from 15 to 110 years old and produce food and shelter for humans and other lifeforms.  Together with the rest of the flora, fauna, and fungi, they formed a living, breathing, food-growing community where everyone thrived. But, most impressive of all was that the trees were growing and multiplying themselves without human help and producing delicious fruits and nuts.  I fell in love with the garden and felt blissful gratitude for just being there, observing, and listening to the life around me. I could sense a spirit of peace among the trees, and whenever I spent time in it, profound truths, flashes of inspiration, and even ideas for solving problems would come to my mind.  With the food forest as my teacher, I became fascinated with observing and recording what I learned, and it turned out to be the most valuable class I’ve ever taken during my life on our beautiful planet. I understood that Earth’s powerful biota grows in infinitely expanding fractal patterns that continue for generations and that our planet is a microcosm of the ever-expanding universe around us.  Sometimes, we can’t see the forest for the trees!  But, by living in a food forest, I observed many species growing together, mutually benefitting each other and producing abundant, beautiful human resources.  The key is that the diverse biota all grow together to support and balance themselves. As a result, we get the many gifts of foods, medicines, and supplies growing freely around us.   Food forestry differs from the backyard gardening we learned in the USA since the 1960s.  Then, in the age of chemical products for sale on TV, we learned to purchase products designed to kill our perceived enemies, the “weeds” and “pests,” which we fought year after year as we started over with a new garden every spring and ended with our fall harvest.   The lessons from this book offer everyone a chance to reimagine our gardens and create a better future for all beings living on Earth. I like to imagine our future, where we are all proud of ourselves because we created food forests all over the planet to heal the air and the water and provide food to all people and life. It will be much more fun, peaceful, and joyful to live on the planet as a cooperative community. What’s the alternative? If we don’t change direction, we could destroy our planet’s healthy environment and end up ruining our future.   Earth is the only place where we know for sure that we can survive and thrive. We are here already, and we can learn to thrive by imitating and collaborating with natural forces. In my first book, “Our Path to Infinite Abundance, Introduction to Food Forests,” I introduced readers to the concept of the infinite abundance of food forests and how once you get them started, they grow themselves for generations. It’s awe-inspiring when you understand the many blessings that only Mother Earth can give.   I call her Mother Earth because the word Mother comes from the same root word as Material, and Earth gives birth to every lifeform and gives us everything we have.   This book about food forestry teaches you how to work in syntropy with the abundance of life instead of fighting with it. So are you ready to get to work, walking step by step through the process of creating a food forest? Let’s get started.   Please expect to receive new information and insights from our teacher, the Creator of all life.  That same life force that creates everything around us is also within us, keeping our hearts beating, lungs breathing, and cells growing.  When the life force departs from our bodies, it releases our material forms to decompose back to Earth’s essential components and become incorporated into new life forms. The Great Spirit goes by many names, including God, Qi, Chi, Energy, The All-One, Great Spirit, Creator, The Force, Holy Spirit, and others.   Here is your chance, dear student, to learn to use that powerful creative force to grow lasting sources of food and resources for yourself and future generations. Beginning on day one in the class, you will observe and interact with a wide variety of living beings – many that you probably never knew existed!   You may be surprised to observe nature’s beautiful patterns and how lifeforms perform the various services a forest community needs to succeed. Once you understand how nature operates, you can begin to join in the creative process as a purposeful co-creator.   Here are some vocabulary words to get us all speaking the same language, and so we have some more words to use to communicate:  *Flora = the collection of all plant life  *Fauna = the collection of all animal life.  *Fungi = the collection of all fungus or mushroom life.  *Biota= the collection of all Flora, Fauna, and Fungi   Plants, or flora, are likely the first intelligent living beings you will notice in a food forest.  They will appear in all stages of their life cycles.  Some will be tiny seeds or little sprouts that just popped up out of the soil, others will be the towering old trees that protect and cover us, and still others in many sizes and shapes in between, growing in patterns based on their species.   Investigating further, you find there’s more! Animals, or fauna, thrive in food forests too.  The birds are favorites, as they brighten every day with their beautiful singing. Insects, spiders, lizards, mice, squirrels, rabbits, possums, raccoons, snakes, and skunks live and work in the garden, along with unseen microbes in the soil and on the surfaces of everything.   If you think that sounds scary, then here’s your chance to change your thinking around the animal kingdom because each animal kingdom member performs an essential function. Their tasks are widely varied, and they get everything done!   Emanate positive energy when you walk through a garden.   With an open and friendly attitude, flora and fauna will sense that you are helping the community. Put out the power of love and gratitude, and you may feel their gratitude back toward you for helping create a  beautiful oasis. Then, they go about their own business as usual or hide. You can speak or sing to the creatures and tell them how beautiful they are and how glad you are that they are in the food forest.  They seem to understand.  The birds listen and respond with their songs of joy and gratitude for the food forest.   Be kind at all times.  If you try to catch or trap the animals, they may try to defend themselves by lashing out to hurt you out of fear. Appreciate the fauna from afar because you rarely need to touch them unless one needs help.   Food foresters learn to appreciate and cooperate with all biota because each plays a vital role in sustaining the whole.  We have mentioned flora and fauna, and our third and most mysterious food forest members are members of the Fungi kingdom.  Fungi (or funguses) is the plural noun for fungus.  They are neither animal nor plant, but something in between.   We commonly see mushrooms popping up above ground, but an equally exciting part is the networks they form underground. They enrich the soil and help to help feed flora and fauna. The fungi are mysterious, and we are still learning about them.  I encourage you to study them. We need more information about everything, and this is a wide-open topic, just ready for exploring.   We know that they grow as networks of filaments in the soil and attach themselves to plants’ root systems, absorbing nutrients from the earth and passing them through their underground networks.   They provide nutrients to the plants and receive carbohydrate energy from sunlight and photosynthesis that passes through the roots of trees.   You will practice observing and recording useful findings, spend time wondering how things work, and imagine ways to create future trial experiments in your food forest laboratory.    For example, perhaps during an overnight frost, many of your plants froze.  Then you observed that some plants that were growing next to taller plants survived the cold, while those standing alone froze.   That is a helpful observation. You can record it on video or write it down and take pictures.  Either way, it helps you gain mastery.   You write or record what you learned as a reference tool to help you remember it and use the information in the future. Then give yourself time in the quiet, allowing your imagination to ponder why it happened and what you can do with that knowledge going forward. Ask aloud if you like.  Why did this happen?  Then when you have an idea for a possible reason, like “I think the cold air was trapped and warmed by taller plants,” or “I think the plants standing alone in the cold had too much exposure, so they need protection from freezing temperatures.”   Add it to your notes or videos, then experiment with the ideas. For example, try planting other seedlings near the taller plants and seeing if it keeps them warmer during the next freeze.   Or try planting many together to see if they can shelter each other.   Recording practical observations and experimenting like this will help you plan your successive plantings, and each season you will be more experienced and confident.    Once you have your tools for observing, recording, imagining, and creating future trial experiments, in that order, you will be on your way.   You will also learn how to plant and protect new trees and work with powerful seeds to transform your plot into a forest garden that grows what you love.  You will learn how to cover your forest floor in a mulch of decomposing organic material (dead plant parts) and understand how the old plant material feeds the living biota.   Birth and death are part of the system.   Mother Earth uses this cycle to sustain us, generation after generation.     Mulch is a forest by-product and nature’s method of creating nutrients for new life.  You will learn how to use the elements of fire, water, earth, and air, along with the cycles of seasons, to create a food forest that grows more wonderful through the years. Food forests hold the keys to the mysteries of the universe.