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Edible Food Jungle

Edible Food Jungle Permaculture Organic Sanctuary

Within the science of Permaculture, there exist a type of ecosystem described as Edible Food Forest. The Edible Food Jungle shares many of the same principles. Edible Food Jungles may provide a more energy-dense bank of biodiversity within tropical climates. The Edible Food Jungles can utilize many levels of vertical space, with multiple sub canopies. Similar to the Rainforest, growers can absorb more energy by utilizing the abundance of sunlight and water during moisture-rich seasons. Fruit trees and vegetable gardens can exist, as they are strategically planted in mutual locations. Chop and Drop fashion of management is aimed at building topsoil, reducing fuel load, and providing building resources. Chop and drop can be furthered in some cases to a drop, chop, and bury application to maximize decomposition rates.

The Edible Food Jungles serves a community in multiple ways. The most obvious service is the production of foods, medicines, and other goods for harvest. Large areas of live biomass rapidly filter our fixed resources, such as air, water, and compost. Approaching an EFJ project, mobility space and ornamental value may prove priority for environmental comfort. In a sense, the Edible Food Jungle is a hybrid design reflecting on the impressiveness of rainforest growth although regularly maintained in a solarium fashion.

The possibility of an EFJ exist at Organic Sanctuary. Citrus trees are companion planted with guavas. Citrus trees may prove to be a larger canopy grower, while the guavas grow well in the shaded undergrowth. At the same time, a predator-prey relationship may exist between the guavas host, wasp insect, and the citrus host, psyllid insect. As well as planting with emphasis on insect diversity, long-term weather diversity also exist ranging within multiple zoned climate varieties. This may prove valuable if climate variations occur more frequently.