Finding Enchantment in the Food Forest @ the Synergy of Folklore and Permaculture
Enchantment is a feeling of great pleasure and delight in rituals and the sacred.
A Food Forest is a low-maintenance, sustainable, plant-based food production system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.
Folklore is the expressive body of culture shared by a particular group of people; it encompasses the traditions common to that culture, subculture or community. These include oral traditions such as tales, proverbs and jokes. They include material culture, ranging from traditional building styles to handmade toys common to the group. Folklore also includes customary lore, the forms and rituals of celebrations such as Christmas and weddings, folk dances and initiation rites. Traditions are passed along informally from one individual to another either through verbal instruction or demonstration.
Permaculture is a set of design principles centered on whole systems thinking, simulating, or directly utilizing the patterns and resilient features observed in Nature. It promotes ethics and principles in a growing number of fields from regenerative agriculture, rewilding, and community resilience.
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The following can help create artful and enchanted experiences in the Food Forest for children:
The Food Forest is the theatrical stage and the playground where the community heroes dance and sing with “eco-mythology” and permaculture-driven rituals.
Seasons are the guides that bring changes to the Food Forest, teaching the children about local transitions.
Plays incorporating weather and farming themes can bring the generations together in the Food Forest.
Planting and Harvesting are Awakening and Hibernating ritualsand inspirit kids to build their own Food Forests.
The maypole celebration is a nice community bridge to an old world woodland tradition.
The Full Moon dance: stir-up Wicca and howl!
Compost Magic – Scraps to Soil to Food Forest to table!
Nature-fueled Poetry and music festivals “eco-mythology” and permaculture-driven songs and spoken word.