The Great South Florida Food Forest Project

What is The Great South Florida Food Forest Project?

It’s an attempt to take a weedy little south Florida backyard and turn it into a miniature garden of Eden that produces massive amounts of food.

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The Great South Florida Food Forest Project!

Follow the story and check out the progress as I work with my parents Bill and Jenni to create a living ecosystem in the middle of tropical suburbia.

Post 1: The First Video

Post 2: March 2013, Pt. I

Post 3: March 2013, Pt II

Post 4: March 2013, Pt III

Post 5: June 2013

Post 6: July 2013, Pt I

Post 7: July 2013, Pt. II

Post 8: October 2013, Video!

Post 9: November 2013: A Perennial Salad Garden

Post 10: New photos from February 2014

Post 11: Update, May 2015: Successes! 

Post 12: Update, May 2015: Failures and Problems

Post 13: Update, May 2015: Yet more to see!

Post 14: Update, May 2015: The wrap-up

Post 15: June 2015 Video Update!

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  • your parents yd looks fantastic, I live s of them in PP wish you could help me out I have a blank slate & don't know where to start or with what. I am your parents age so it would have to be not back breaking to take care of I would like edible veg/fruits with the way things are going. I have some seeds for the moringa & it says to plant sand/foam (what is that) I heard it is a wonderful plant that the 3rd world countries could use to sustain themselves since every part of the tree can be used for something. My ? on this since the leaves are way at the top do you cut that down to cook & do water then will it regrow?
    thanks a lot

    • I am in West Palm Beach and I have a moringa tree that grows great in my sand box back yard. The awesomeness about moringa is that you can pretty much cut it to the ground and it should grow right back. I don't chop it quite that far because I am trying to train it to grow in very specific directions away from my house and create shady micro-climates for my ginger and hopefully turmeric.

      If you happen to have some recipes for the leaves and/or flowers that would be great. I am a much better grower than chef. 🙂

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  • Hey I love your colomb in the age mag. However the real reason I am commenting is someone from permaculture ocala said you may be a good resourceh on sour dough. I would like to pick your brain if possible on how to take my sour dough culture from healthy active sponge to a fully risen dough/ lovely loaf. I am having issues with it. You’re cobb oven my end up being an awesome future step for me in the future. I

    • Thank you, Eric.

      Joe Pierce is the guy you need to talk to about sourdough – call the Mosswood Farm Store to get in touch:

      Joe built that awesome Cob oven I showed in the video – it’s his, not mine. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Priscilla Curry Hale

    Hello David,

    Have you ever used Brazilian Pepper leaves soaked in water for a few days as an insecticide? My sister and I are herbalists and have been using it for a few years. It even drove out or killed fire ants. We also use it as a medicinal for us. While we are native Floridians (200 years documented, real Conchs), we are mostly Amazon herbalists. There are a lot of the Amazon herbs growing here. Our land has a lot of them as well as some Bahamian ones.

    When we prune the Braz Pep, I peel the bark for mulch and use the dried limbs for crafts. Got a nice walking stick of it. We waste very little of what grows here. And we are living as light on the land as we can.

    The Raptured Omnivore

  • I can not view the videos in the Great South Florida Food Forest Project! series. Perhaps when you moved everything to this new site the path or link was broken. Love what you do and all the information you have provided. I have all your books and have subscribed to your you tube channel. The thirty day challenge was great.

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