Food forest Valea Satului

If we succeed to grow back the forests in Moldova, we will have the richest country in the world.
How can we do that?
We believe: Through creating amazing, inspirational examples of green, abundant Food Forests, and permaculture orchards.

We are happy to announce that a huge step in this direction had already happened!
We are preparing a big site of 50 hectares of land for seeding and planting a proper Food Forest.

A Food Forest is a human-designed edible forest ecosystem.

These 50 ha are in a very beautiful place next to village Valea Satului, close to Chisinau, but somehow not ruined yet. The soil was damaged by intense agriculture and erosion, but has rested for 20-30 years; there are already some islands of spontaneous vegetation. It is private land, so the site is monitored and protected from cattle, fire and vandals by the owners and the community around but it is open for visits, studies, improvement, basically everything that can make people happy, and this territory – a better place.

Everybody is welcome to come help it happen, starting from September 2017!

If you want to find more details, help in planning, contribute with ideas or fundraising, contact us ASAP or come to the presentation at the IarmarEco (a social and ecological event organized by our umbrella NGO EcoVisio). Or if you are very serious about growing trees, come take part in the activEco program, Challenge #4: Growing Trees.

Can’t wait anymore? Alright! Let’s start to collect the tree seeds!

Here is our draft wish list. The keywords this year are – nitrogen fixers and pioneer trees!

Nitrogen fixers, or nitrogen fixing plants are plants whose root system has nodules – small swellings that contain symbiotic bacteria called Rhizobia, living there and producing nitrogen compounds that help the plant grow and compete with other plants. The nitrogen is being fixed – accumulated in the leaves, stems and roots. When the plant dies, the fixed nitrogen is released, fertilizing soil and becoming available to other plants.
Examples: clover, honey locust, etc.

Pioneer trees are the ones that are most resilient, able to grow on damaged, poor lands and prepare the soil and microclimate for the other, more vulnerable species.
Examples: Russian olive, sea buckthorn, etc.

The next steps, in the subsequent years, will focus more on biodiversity, endangered species, edible plants.

Wanted now!

  • Honey locust with thorns (Live fence)
  • Honey locust with no thorns
  • Russian olive
  • Sea buckthorn
  • Sophora
  • Nitrogen fixing shrubs

For the future perspective:

  • Oak
  • Linden
  • Beech
  • Hornbeam
  • Ash
  • Black Walnut
  • Turkish hazelnut
  • Alder(willow)
  • Wingnut (pterocarya)
  • Catalpa
  • Different shrubs that birds like (and help seeding)

We will still plant some seedlings, but of a limited number and variety: very important pioneers that are harder to gather and stock the seeds (Siberian elm), or which have important functions like Live fence (Honey Locust).

We definitely don’t want to create huge planting events with hundreds of people, plastic trash, mess and poor results. Small groups of 20-30 people, good communication, sharing knowledge, good mood and food… that’s the way to charge the seeds with energy to grow!

Smaller events, more often – are better, because they are like parties with friends in the nature, and everybody wants more of them.