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The Food Forest: 18 Months

October 2016–on the heels of an 8 month cross-country road trip–Camille and I (Riley) moved into a new home and immediately set to work transforming our 1/4 acre lawn into an an abundant Food Forest.

To date, we have the following trees (and other perennials) growing on our urban, Central Florida property:  Avocado, Macadamia Nut, 3 varieties of figs, Papaya,  Moringa, Strawberry Guava, Sapote, Everbearing Mulberry, Jack Fruit, Lemon, Peach, Fuzzy Kiwi, Olive, Longan,  Monstera Delciosa,  Blueberry, Thornless Blackberry, Surinam Cherry, Barbados Cherry, Bananas, Passion Fruit, Dragon Fruit, Pigeon Pea, Screw pine, Pindo Palm, various herbs, tubers, and varieties of tropical spinach, nitrogen fixing ground covers, dynamic accumulators, and a 25 ft diameter keyhole bed for growing our favorite annual veggies.

We also have a small flock of chickens which provide us with fresh eggs (and manure for our garden) daily.

Below, is a slideshow of the backyard as it was on the day we moved in.  Click here to view a video showing the progress we’ve made over the course of 18 months.  (We are just now getting to work on the front yard and will document it’s transformation in future posts).

(If you’d like to do something similar to this on your own property, I am available for design consultation.)

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