Wai­heke food for­est

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“I can’t help think­ing that the way for­ward is to cover the earth with forests of food.” So says James Sa­muel, Wai­heke Is­land res­i­dent, who is spear­head­ing the pro­ject of plant­ing a food for­est on the Is­land. A food for­est is just that, a lush plan­ta­tion where ev­ery­thing is ed­i­ble. Says Sa­muel: “From the roots, to the herb layer, to the shrubs, of­fer­ing berries, to the trees, of­fer­ing fruits, to the canopy layer with its nuts and the vines that grow up through all of that.” The move­ment has started well: $2500 was re­cently raised on the crowd sourc­ing web­site pledgeme.co.nz to kick­start the pro­ject.

Photo: So­phie Bar­clay

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