Happen Films in their short film have beautifully explained the concept of a food forest with Robert and Robyn Guyton's amazing two-acre property in Riverton. Over 23 years it has been transformed from a neglected piece of land into a thriving ecosystem.
Robert and Robyn decided to invite nature to help them garden and develop their property. A food forest may not be for everyone but there are lessons for us to learn. If nature is left alone it will provide for the insects, the plants and 70% of the Guyton's diet.
They have taken their experiences and shared their knowledge with the local community by setting up The South Coast Environment Society Centre in the township.
Each year the Society has a Harvest Festival with workshops, apple pressing and food and plants for sale. This reaches an even larger population of interested visitors to the region but sadly this year like our festival the Harvest Festival has been postponed until 2021...watch out for it.
For more information go to http://www.sces.org.nz/events