What Is Agroforestry? Introduction To Tree-Based Agriculture

Agroforestry is a type of agriculture that integrates various trees with crops and livestock within the same area. It stems from indigenous tree-based farming systems, of which remnants can be found throughout the world. In recent years there has been renewed interest in Agroforestry techniques, promoting it as a possible means to combat climate change … Read more

What is Syntropic Agroforestry? 7 Things You Need To Know 

Syntropic Agroforestry is a food production system that attempts to mimic the look and function of a natural forest. It uses a combination of simple techniques to move the system through various stages of natural succession.  Initially, I was captivated by the simplicity of the Syntropic Farming system and overlooked some critical details. This resulted … Read more

What Is A Food Forest? Brief Introduction To Forest Gardens

A food forest, also known as a forest garden, is a nature-inspired food production system where various fruits, vegetables, and vegetation grow together. This results in a diverse, highly productive, sustainable ecosystem. Remnants of ancient food forests exist in Central and South America, with centuries-old forest gardens still maintained in India and other parts of … Read more

10 Differences Between Syntropic Farming And Permaculture

While looking for methods to create a food forest in my backyard, I came across Permaculture and Syntropic Farming.  I was fascinated by the similar results both systems produced.  However, I soon noticed subtle differences in their philosophies and objectives, impacting their approach to system design and food production. Let’s look at 10 differences between … Read more

Syntropic Farming Basics: Plant Spacing And Consortium Design

In Syntropic Farming, a consortium is a strategic grouping of plants working together to maximize the use of sunlight while providing a continuous yield, from as soon as 3 months to over 30 years. To create an intelligent consortium, we need to understand how long each plant will remain productive in the system and the … Read more

How To Create A Syntropic Garden (A Beginner’s Guide)

A Syntropic Garden is a regenerative food production system that mimics nature, growing vegetables and other crops amongst trees on a small plot of land, usually less than an acre. It is based on the Core Principles from Syntropic Agroforestry and draws from many other natural farming techniques and practices.  This combination helps it achieve … Read more

How To Grow Bananas In A Syntropic Garden (Simple Guide)

Bananas are some of the most versatile plants in Syntropic farming. They protect fragile seedlings and provide abundant mulching material (biomass) and tasty fruits, earning them the nickname “mother” in some regions. However, there are some key things to know to successfully grow and manage bananas in a Syntropic garden. In this article, we will … Read more