A food forest is a term used in permaculture to describe a plant-based food production system based on woodland forest ecosystems and companion planting to grow a succession of layers that are found naturally in forests. It creates a regenerative, permanent and resilient agro-ecosystem resulting in carbon sequestration due to the addition of many perennial food producing plants, low soil disturbance (no-till), keeping the soil covered at all times ie. mulching, using homemade compost and much more. It is a system that perpetuates improvement of soil, plants, crops and human understanding of the nature that is around us as well as within us.
Permaculture integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial and holistic relationships that imitate what is seen in nature. It is a form of regenerative agriculture that applies closed-loop solutions to urban and rural frameworks at any scale.