Featured Project
Link Hands Edible Food Forest

food forest

The Link Hands Edible Ecosystem is an experimental, innovative investment in a new possibility for greening a landscape, generating nutrient dense food, and building a robust ecosystem to feed the earth, wildlife and the community in a manner that is scalable and replicable in homes, farms, public lands, and even urban landscapes.

Developed by award-winning agricultural expert and designer Zach Loeks, the model garden represents a vision for how to maximize crop yield, reduce water usage, all while building delicious berries, fruits, plants and nuts.

The garden already contains a lush array of fruits like raspberries, blackberries, elderberries, cherries and melons; veggies such as kale, chard, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage. It has been planted to yield harvests from spring until late in the fall. Species are cleverly clustered into guilds to maximize species health, soil regeneration, and insect control. Beds are raised to demonstrate how one can grow anywhere, to reduce strain on backs and knees and to maximize water.

Designer Zach Loeks explains that having access to organic, nutrient dense food is “part of our birthright as human beings. Plucking a berry from a stem kindles something deep within our DNA, nourishing mind, body, soul…and community. It’s what evolution has designed us to do.”

His vision is to establish edible ecosystem hotspots like the Link Hands model garden all over the world, dispersing heritage food and the knowledge about how to grow it to human beings everywhere.