Food Forests NZ

Food forests and forest gardens are promoted through permaculture . This forum is for those who are growing or would like to grow one in their property.

Location: Riverton
Members: 153
Latest Activity: Mar 13

Click on Robyns icon to see pictures of her Southland Food forest.
Finally our 'Welcome to the Food Forest' 8 minute movie can be watched on line. It is a great introduction to permaculture and our Centre. [[]]

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Barrier plants. 4 Replies

I've been looking at barrier plants, with the idea of 'fencing' off our future food forest area from kikuyu invasion.Came across Vetiver (…Continue

Started by Nathan Rushton. Last reply by Andy Oct 4, 2015.

Nitrogen fixing NON invasive plants 9 Replies

Hi all, Having been exposed to  the world of food forests ( friend has a Geoff Lawton dvd).   I  had a "light bulb" moment  and down this merry path my feet carry me. Our  land  was stripped of …Continue

Started by John Park. Last reply by Nick Rountree Sep 9, 2015.

Perennial vegetables 16 Replies

Hi food forest fans,I thought it would be useful if we created a list of perennial vegetables that would be suitable additions to food forests. It seems one of the benefits of food forests is that…Continue

Started by Wayne Erb. Last reply by Anna Robinson Jul 6, 2015.

Food Forest maintenance 3 Replies

Hello food foresters,Apart from ‘chop and drop’, mowing or scything pathways, and removing branches/trees to let more light in, I haven’t heard many details about what you need to do to keep a food…Continue

Started by Mariana. Last reply by Blockhill Jan 7, 2015.

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Comment by Koanga Institute on February 17, 2016 at 11:53am


Saturday 5th March
Saturday 2nd April 
Saturday 7th May 
Saturday 1st October 
Saturday 5th November 
Saturday 3rd December

If you want to experience a developing forest garden before you get started on your own projects, then this is the inspiration you've been searching for! We grow a range of organic heritage fruit trees that have been collected from all over NZ.

What Makes Koanga’s Tree Collection Unique:

  • Biologically Grown
  • Organic & Heritage Trees
  • GMO Free
  • Trees of our Ancestors
  • Selected for Home Gardeners
  • Selected for nutrition & our own cultural uses
  • Selected to do well in Regenerative Forest Garden Environments
  • Seedlings also available where appropriate – stronger, healthier trees
  • Root Stock Options (various size trees)

So now that you know a bit more about us, what will happen at this guided tour?

You will receive a guided tour and we will explain our seed saving gardens, and the process that we go through to save heritage seeds. We’ll show you our compost and mineral recycling systems, our heritage orchard and show you the plans we have for developing the site. There will be a BioIntensive Gardening demonstration – this is the method we use for high quality production – it is an extremely efficient productive system, which ensures that the soil is regenerated for long term sustainability. You will also see our forest garden and current research projects such as our Urban Garden project. You'll have a chance to ask questions too.

Afternoon tea is provided, and guests will have the opportunity to make purchases from the Koanga store (which is usually an exclusively online store).

If this sounds interesting, please tell your friends and share it around. We look forward to meeting you at one of our guided tours. 

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Comment by Debs Butterfield on September 3, 2015 at 8:13am

Hi- really enjoyed the Country Calendar program- it is great to see food forest information in the main stream media. Plus your place looks great! 

Thanks Robyn!

Comment by Robyn Guyton on September 3, 2015 at 7:03am
Comment by James Samuel on February 18, 2015 at 10:21pm

An expression of the multi-layered systems of mostly perennial plants, designed for less work more yield, more fun.

Comment by Sarah Walsh on May 12, 2014 at 8:48am

Hi everyone, I have just purchased a half acre with a house on the edge of Hamilton. I heard about food forests from a friend and have been hunting down information for the last couple of weeks.  The area where I would like to plant my food forest is a south facing slope with a flat area at the bottom next to a ditch (apparently the flat area does flood sometimes in winter). What I would like to know is, will a 'U' shapped shelter belt, open to the north, still work on a site like this? And if not, does anyone have any reccomendations?

Comment by Stephen McLuckie on November 18, 2013 at 3:19pm

Would you like your Food Forest to be included on a map charting the different projects up & down New Zealand? Please follow the instructions through the link...

Comment by Robyn Guyton on November 18, 2013 at 1:16pm


Saturday 7th December 10am - 4pm at Riverton

*     $40 pp ($60 for a couple)
*     Bring a plate to share for lunch or your own packed  

       lunch  (whichever suits you best)

*     Hot drinks provided

*     Bring a coat and sturdy footwear, paper & pen,

      camera if you like

*     Tutors: Robyn & Robert Guyton,


TO REGISTER: South Coast Environment Centre,

Ph (03) 234 8717, or email

Comment by James Samuel on October 5, 2013 at 8:34am

Here's the story of the first NZ Food Forest hui


The first New Zealand Food Forest Hui, held in Auckland last week was a high energy and over-subscribed event (we had sold out and had people in a waiting list). Here are some of the highlights and outcomes. If you missed it, stay in touch, there’s sure to be another!

Comment by Mariana on April 8, 2013 at 5:43pm

Please join me in supporting Eric Toensmeier (author of Perennial Vegetables & Edible Forest Gardens) to write his innovative new book Carbon Farming: A Global Toolkit for Stabilizing the Climate with Tree Crops and Regenerative Agriculture. This book is about: the climate change-fighting potential of perennial crops and regenerative farming systems. It is the kind of book the world needs right now! It will also be highly relevant reading for food foresters.

You pre-buy the book or contribute what you can to the kickstarter campaign HERE.


If we will have the wisdom to survive
to stand like slow growing trees
on a ruined place, renewing it, enriching it
then a long time after we are dead
the lives our lives prepare
will live here.

Comment by Karla Evans on November 23, 2012 at 10:51am

Events this week in Southland about relocalising food:


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