Robert Hart and Forest Gardening

"The only basic and comprehensive answer to the collossal harm that our present industrial system is causing to our environment --- harm the could lead to the extermination of all life on earth --- is to replace it with a sustainable system, geared largely to the non-polluting, life-enhancing products of the living world."

--- Robert Hart, Forest Gardening

Robert Hart is a pioneer in the field of forest gardening and agroforestry. Although this method of agriculture, according to Hart, has been employed for centuries by "indigenous" people, in the industrialized world, Hart is one of the leading advocates of forest gardening and permaculture. His farm in Shropshire employs the seven tiered method of forest gardening as mentioned in the paper and his book, Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape. This farm, which he calls Highwood Hill, explores many aspects of permaculture, other forms of alternative agriculture, and alternative energy sources. By analyzing the current environmental strife and searching for alternatives both historical and contemporary, Hart concludes that a community-based, wholistic forest garden could drastically improve the state of our affairs.

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