Forest gardening in Sweden - sweet chestnut, walnut etc in a forest-like ecosystem

The Forest Garden at farm Rydeholm appears like a towering island of soil health and biodiversity in a sea of monocultures: cereals, oilseed rape and sugar beets on the Scandinavian Söderslätt. The main tree crops here are sweet chestnut (Castaneva sativa), walnut (Juglans regia), hazelnut (Corylus), but also korean pine (Pinus koraiensis), almonds (Prunus dulcis), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) and araucaria (Araucaria araucana). Biodiversity, ecosystem services equivalent to wild, forest-like environments and regeneration have been set here as equal goals with the food production. The long-term vision is a replacement of the annual crops with tree crops; sweet chestnut and araucaria (which produces seeds) as replacements for cereals. Hazelnut and walnut as replacements for vegetable oil. The film is based on interviews with Anders Lindén, the sixth generation on the farm and one of the pioneers of the Swedish agroforestry movement. Why agroforestry? Food production have to take the increasing lack of natural resources - water, living soils and fossil energy, into account. Agroforestry systems have been shown to be of extreme benefit for improving the resilience of agricultural systems. Runningtime: 38 min.

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Dr. Sara Burbi - Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience - Coventry University, Ryton Gardens Campus, CV8 LG, UK
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