hello I’m jagannath and you’re watching
the natural farmer Attention: This is NOT a food forest, it is a Backyard Orchard. To see a food forest video, go to the link above….Sorry for the confusion. Sincerely, Jagannath okay coming to you from the south of
Italy a little town called well next to caserta and it is closest to town you
might know which is Naples Napoli Attention: This is NOT a food forest, it is a Backyard Orchard Attention: This is NOT a food forest, it is a Backyard Orchard I apologize for the confusion. Sincerely, Jagannath I apologize for the confusion. Sincerely, Jagannath producing food all this time so I wanted
to take the opportunity because we’ve stopped travelling and our feet are on
the ground and we’re headed to Sicily and I’ll bring you up to date you can
have some more videos coming out now soon instead of travelling so much can
concentrate on this part which is what I really love which is showing you how to
design abundance in your own life okay and we’re going to see how her father
designed abundance in their lives right here so I’m going to take you through it
bit by bit so the first thing I want to point out is the benefits that you get
from the food for us when you’re not even outside when you’re in the house
right so I’m standing here at the kitchen and I’m doing my dishes right
and I’m doing my dishes and mentally psychologically I’m thinking to myself I
have food growing in my backyard or I’m sitting here right enjoying a little bit
of television the Eurocup 2016 is coming up and in the back of my mind I’m
thinking I have food growing in my backyard and what I see when I look out
the window is a beautiful cherry tree and here it is that cherry tree up close
just bursting with cherries in June it’s fantastic
we’ve already harvested the bowls and bowls of cherries and have enjoyed them
for lunch and dinner and it’s a fantastic treat right in your backyard
so I’ll take you through this whole thing now okay so as you enter the front
gate here with the mountain behind beautiful the first things you encounter
upon entry that give you a clue that you’re not encountering a typical
decorative landscape but a functional landscape
are these lemon trees they’re absolutely stunning so here they are let me just
get it you know I have a pretty decent sized hand
besides these lemons they’re they’re gorgeous lemons they are everywhere
everywhere everywhere we’re in June not all of them have ripened completely but
there is a whole you know entire run of lemon trees taking you all the way back
it kind of guides you into the food force so this is quite good
landscape design in my opinion because it’s like your little introduction and
it pulls you deeper into the food force because there’s a giant gate back there
that you can bring a tractor you know you can literally bring a tractor into
the backyard there they’ve left access for it but your first encounter with the
food forest comes in the form of these lemon trees so then continuing from the
gate moving through this lemon trees continue just up to this corner right
here and then we have orange trees that take over and as you’ll see here I’ll
bring you in closer the orange trees are just starting to form fruit so there’s a
staggering effect right you’ve got the lemons coming early and then the orange
is coming later and what you’re going to see throughout this garden like any good
food forest is it they’re layer layer layer layer not everything’s coming at
once but there’s kind of a delayed layer effect in the ripening of the food
itself here the little baby oranges they’re
quite a bit later than the lemons and it’s good to have this type of stacking
built into the system so everything doesn’t come all at once so the oranges
continue all the way down to the end and then here we jump over into the
grapevines so all the grapes are running in this direction back toward the house
this is the furthest boundary from the house and right now it holds tractors
and equipment and barrels for producing wine and wine bottles and different
things come from the grapes obviously in canning and fencing and all
these types of things to make this operation possible but I’ve
understood that when the family lived in the house there were chickens and guinea
pigs and rabbits and basically additional sources of food and of
nitrogen and the fertilizer and of compost and different nutrients that
come with that so everything in here is kind of its own little ecosystem
self-contained because a lot of those animals can eat the scraps that are
produced in the garden itself and so you really start to cycle the nutrients not
to mention the fact that all this fruit is nearly impossible to pick because
what happens like take for example the cherries they’re ripe right now what
happens is the birds come Birds going to come inevitably animals are going to
come it’s going to be inevitable and they’ll take like peck peck peck they’ll
take three pecks out of a cherry and then I’ll open up a wound in the cherry
and maybe worms get in and it gets kind of rotten well that cherry is going to
fall but that cherry is going to make compost and it’s going to cycle the
nutrients so it’s harvesting nutrient because that cherry tree has deep deep
roots now it’s going to harvest the nutrients from deep below which is going
to bring it up to the surface and then that nutrient gets produced as it gets
transformed into fruit you know I take the Nitro nitrogen from the atmosphere
and we take the rain and then you know obviously the solar power all that gets
transformed into fruit then the fruit falls and creates more soil and it’s
it’s a cycle within itself you know and that’s just happens to be with fruit
that happens with leaves other things trees attract birds birds poo phosphorus
this whole kind of cycling of nutrient thing happens all over the place in this
garden and the reason it happens is because somebody had the foresight and
took the time to say hey let’s plant some food because he could have just
said oh let’s plant a few interesting cool plants that are difficult to
maintain but don’t really produce anything but he didn’t do that he said
let’s plant some food a lot of people say oh but there’s problems with food
there’s this with food there’s that with food yeah okay fine
but it makes food okay if you don’t want it let somebody else come pick it give
it away whatever you want to do this is Mediterranean vironment it’s very
similar in some ways to the California environment and make food man plant food
food food and there is abundance in your backyard
so the grapes are considerably slower than the other fruit here you can see
just the start of a bunch of grapes here and there you know the ground has been
tilled here for the season you see the flowers have dried up pollination has
happened and there’s another little bunch of grape bunch of grapes and a
bunch of grapes here but they continue all along the length of it so it’s
nicely spaced along the edge you’ve got the citrus trees and this
kind of back two-thirds of the land you have the grape vine so citrus trees
are along the border here then grape vines trellis is coming across the wires
coming across for the different rows of grape vines every year you know the
grass is regrow and then they till in between the rows of grapes and you know
they’re forming them he’s been here for a while I mean you know this is 20 years
old probably 20 year old the grape vine right here that has had ample time to
set its roots very deeply in the ground here some more grapes forming up you
know and uh and aside from tilling and occasional I’m sure mold management of
one form or the other these grapes are pretty self-sufficient through here and
quite happy and quite Hardy I mean look at this look at the clusters happening
here fruit sets all along all along this is a really hot spot here because these
are some of the older vines this one these are some of the older ones here I
know some of them are going to been cut back and have regrown the
you can see here this has been cut back and it is regrown but the ones that have
not been cut back especially right here this seems to be kind of the sweet spot
of the garden and there’s an olive tree back behind here that sweet spot of the
garden is really where you’re getting the greatest number of fruit sets for
these grapes here in addition back in this corner you know next to the chicken
shed back in the back back corner is pomegranate tree first pomegranate tree
you can see remnants of pomegranate they’re all in bloom we don’t have any I
was just starting to be pomegranate showing up here but they’re in bloom
heavy heavy bloom but this is the first of a few pomegranate trees that I’ll
show you on this property okay so now I’ll make my way back up towards the
house here so then back up toward the house not quite back in zone one yet
we’ve got a peach tree here we’ve got a giant fig tree there we have our cherry
tree back on this side it’s like kind of the first baby peach there might have
been other peaches actually because some of the neighbors come and take the
peaches but you can see that this peach is suffering from a bit of a disease
here it’s been cut back more than one time which happens it has a deep deep
root system here’s another peach down there forming and you know not none of
these trees none of the fruit trees have had like intensive treatments done to
them so to speak none of them have come free planted below them there have been
no applications of compost tea or compost itself these are pretty natural
and they’ve done quite well just being as natural as they are but look at the
figs you got nice fruits I visit giant fig tree like I baked that fig trees
fruits that setting all over here you know fruit here here here here all kinds
of fruit sets on this tree this is a sunny side of the tree and you get a
massive number of figs and I don’t think that they have
the squirrel problem that my friend bud has in Los Angeles so hopefully we’ll
get to see quite a few of these figs and then there is what is this one this
might be I think this is another orange tree and then I think here is a
grapefruit tree or the local variety of grapefruit number of these seem to be
falling off I don’t think this grapefruit tree as is happy as it once
was it’s a citrus pretty sure it’s
grapefruit I’d have to I would have to verify that so now I’ve moved into the
red Mediterranean environment from the tropical environment so there’s going to
be a learning curve for me here in this environment but I am excited to extend
my learning there we go right there kind of a baby
grapefruit makes happy to extend my learning into a different eco system
because you know it’s basically I guess Mediterranean could technically be a dry
land it’s kind of on the border of a dry land somewhere between that tropic but
it’s it’s an entirely different set of plants here than it was in southern
India so the learning continues and I hope to share that with you okay and
then as I mentioned here’s that cherry tree we started with it’s got nice fruit
set here I mean they’re just delicious cherries all over the place we’ve been
eating them left and right I can’t explain you how happy it makes me to eat
fresh cherries off of a tree like this I can also understand maybe for the first
time the historical significance and on America I grew up in America educated in
America as a child but I was taught right from the beginning that George
Washington the first president of our country was such an honest guy because
he cut down a cherry tree and when someone asked him who did it he admitted
that it was him so that was you know a sign of his integrity but I finally
understood standing under and eating from a cherry
tree such as this what a tragedy is to cut down a cherry tree because they’re
so abundant it’s so beautiful and so giving
it’s so fantastic just to eat fresh cherries off this tree and then back
over here next to the giant cherry tree is a black cherry tree now the black
cherry tree you can see like a barely baby black cherry there the black cherry
tree has been basically picked clean by the neighbors because you know people
are coming and going in this house obviously the neighbors lend a hand and
then they’re given the right to pick a lot of the fruit but we did notice that
you know if you look up at this black cherry tree black cherries are extremely
popular and useful and delicious and so it didn’t take long for that black
cherry tree to get picked pretty clean and so then finally over here we have
another pomegranate tree which is blending into the cherry tree and it
also blends into the black cherry tree so I want to point out something very
important right here as I’m standing here now I want to bring your attention
to the spacing of these trees because you see that tree is their black cherry
then the regular red cherry and then the pomegranate now you see up in the canopy
how these trees are blending together it is my guess based off the book of
Masanobu Fukuoka one straw revolution and his stories
about inheriting trees from his father citrus trees I believe and letting then
just grow after they’d been pruned his father father prune them then they grew
together and they killed each other because what he discovered basically
which he communicates in the book is that if you let trees grow naturally and
you don’t prune them it’s okay when their canopies start to grow into each
other when you prune them and they start to grow into each other they will kill
each other they don’t they’ll to get tangled up and kill each other but as
you can see there’s no lolli popping which is a form of
trimming they do a lot of times in America of these trees there’s none of
that going on with these trees the canopies blend together these canopies
blend together and there’s no stress on the trees they just kind of form one
continual cooperative canopy so my understanding of nature is that these
trees have not been pruned okay very important because once you start pruning
them you will prune them for the rest of their lives and then maybe the rest of
your life depending on how old the tree gets and that adds for a lot more
maintenance which brings me to my final point okay so that’s it 20 year-old food
forest here in the south of Italy I am very grateful to have had the
opportunity to bring this to you and to have discovered it myself being a guest
here again this is not my work this is the work of my partner’s father and it
is the result of his vision basically and his action and his love and putting
it in here and wanting to provide a beautiful environment for his children
to grow up in because nothing is more nurturing and inspiring for children
than to be in an environment where things are growing and producing food
and creating sustenance and creating happiness and creating understanding and
intelligence of nature understanding and all these different types of things
happening in this environment okay it’s not a concrete jungle back here he
could have put a jungle gym and a bunch of concrete and this and that instead he
decided to plant a food forest okay pretty amazing in my opinion all right
my hat’s off to him good man and I want to encourage you to do the same okay
might not be your land might be somebody else’s land but get up from this video
and go plant fruit forest if you’re able to do that and I will keep bringing you
more information on how to plant different varieties of fruit forests all
right because there’s not just one style there’s many variations on the food
forest as we’ll get to and as you know I teach in my courses etc etc so very
grateful to be back with my feet in the soil and not traveling anymore thanks
for your patience I’ve had a lot of kind of travel videos and I know that’s not
really why you signed up for this channel
it is part of the thing for me but I’m very happy to be back in an area that’s
that’s growing and and fertile and yeah glad to have my feet on the ground again
missed you guys mister straightforward kind of videos
here so hope to bring you more of them we’re headed to Sicily next and they’re
more adventures to come here so thanks again for tuning in my name is
juggernaut this is the natural farmer and hope to see you again real soon you