Missoula Forest Gardens

Missoula Forest Gardens localizes food production through perennial-based agriculture. We envision an urban landscape interwoven with a food producing woodland ecosystem, a beautiful place that supports its inhabitants' needs. We accomplish this by designing and installing "forest gardens" on private and public lands. Forest gardens mimic the structure and function of forest ecosystems at the farm and garden scale to provide more than just a variety of foods ...

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The 7 Fs concept is from Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier's book title Edible Forest Gardens. For more information go to http://edibleforestgardens.com/

The 7 Fs concept is from Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier's book title Edible Forest Gardens. For more information go to http://edibleforestgardens.com/

 
 

By mimicking nature, the spaces we inhabit can produce a large quantity of these types of yields. We believe this transformation of our lawns, parks, schools, and open spaces can be undertaken affordably and without impairing any of the benefits we enjoy from conventional landscaping.

A great example of a cold temperate forest garden created by Dale Cooley in Dayton, Montana. Although the "canopy cover" of this garden is nowhere near that of a mature forest and it lacks many of the forest layers, this system is a great example of a cold temperate woodland inspired garden which takes advantage of vertical space. Notice the raised beds he has installed in the understory using cut timbers.


A great example of a cold temperate forest garden created by Dale Cooley in Dayton, Montana. Although the "canopy cover" of this garden is nowhere near that of a mature forest and it lacks many of the forest layers, this system is a great example of a cold temperate woodland inspired garden which takes advantage of vertical space. Notice the raised beds he has installed in the understory using cut timbers.

 
 

 
 

Get a Forest Garden for Your Property

If you are interested in Blue Sky designing and installing a forest garden on your property, please click on the first link below and complete the form. If you are in the Missoula area and would like to register your trees, please click on the second link. The third link is how you can get involved. You may direct any additional inquiries to info@blueskystewardship.org.

FORMS

 1.) Obtain a forest garden design quote

 2.) Register your trees

 3.) Get involved in the Missoula Forest Gardens project

 
 

 
 
Look at these alfalfa roots! Many natural ecosystems are predominantly perennial and as such, offer diverse rewards that may not be met by annual plants.


Look at these alfalfa roots! Many natural ecosystems are predominantly perennial and as such, offer diverse rewards that may not be met by annual plants.

Some people are surprised when they hear about the amount of perennial plants that are cold hardy to Montana. This may be due to not realizing the potential of medicinal herbs and flowers which are critical in any Forest Garden. Elecampane (above) is known primarily as a respiratory tonic but is shown to have expectorant and antiseptic properties.


Some people are surprised when they hear about the amount of perennial plants that are cold hardy to Montana. This may be due to not realizing the potential of medicinal herbs and flowers which are critical in any Forest Garden. Elecampane (above) is known primarily as a respiratory tonic but is shown to have expectorant and antiseptic properties.

 
 


The following photos show the kind of "boots on the ground" type of work we have been doing for the past year. Most of this work has been done on our urban farm in the Southwest corner of the Missoula Valley (near 39th and Brooks). From planting 2,000+ trees and shrubs and stratifying thousands of hybrid chestnuts to doing research on other cold temperate perennial dominant farmscapes (see photos of site visits to other farms) and Luke learning directly from Dave Jacke, this has been an exciting year!

 
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