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Are Food Forests Beneficial? Know the Pros and Cons

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While food forest brings the benefit of higher food production, it brings various cons as well. Thus, you should understand both sides to plan the best food garden. Here’s a quick comparison of the advantages and negatives of a food forest.


  • Less work involved: When setting up and designing a food forest, you can let nature take care of it. It involves less pest control, fertilizing, and weeding. Just occasional pruning and harvesting are enough.
  • Can use unstable land: Some land plots may not be available for developing crops through conventional approaches. But you can grow several crops suitable for particular conditions of that area to make the best use of the vacant land. You can also convert dessert or swamp-like situations into food forests.
  • Long-term harvest: A food forest helps make a food legacy that can be beneficial for the future generation. While conventional plants need planting every year, food forests grow on their own for decades.


  • Take time: Food forest requires more time for setup and planning. Nut trees or big fruits don’t generate yield for at least 5 years.
  • Look messy: If you want to plant vegetables in clean and small rows, the food forest can appear more like a mess. Your neighbours can dislike it especially if you grow a food forest in your yard.
  • Need more labour and setup: While panting a food forest, you need to ensure that all plants will work well for each other. And this requires investing more in labour and setup.

However, with a proper forest assessment, you can reduce the cons while building more on the pros for a better food forest.