Welcome, on this page you’ll find the food forest establishment protocol that’s specifically developed for a scenario where you want a food forest WITHOUT swales and plant everything in the FALL.

The protocol consists of seven tasks executed in this order: 1) Plan the food forest, 2) Define a layout, 3) Site clearing, 4) Staking out the layout, 5a) Sheet mulching, 5b) Summer cover crops, 6) Planting, and 7) Mulching.

The difference between this and ‘Food Forest With Swales Establishment Protocols’ is that there is no need to test the soil for earthworks, doing the site survey for it, and the installation of swales. Instead, once the site is cleared you simply stake out the layout and you can plant immediately.

In this protocol you have the time through the spring, summer, and early fall months to do some soil improvement, and, specific to this scenario, weed management with sheet mulching.


How to make a selection of desirable trees and shrubs for your food forest.

How to choose an appropriate layout for your food forest.

How to do site clearing and remove the existing vegetation.

How to survey your site with both low-tech and high-tech tools so that you can accurately mark the swale outline on the site

How to clear the ground from unwanted low vegetation.

How to improve the soil with cover crops during the growing season.

How to plant bare root trees and shrubs.

How to mulch planted trees and shrubs.

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