Basic California Food Forestry

Compared with wasting away under modern conditions of employment. We have the choice to empower ourselves and take responsibility for the needs of our life (with slow and steady investments from industrial culture into the natural world). So, here… we’ll start with at least one of the biggest parts of our life’s – FOOD. Now, if you don’t already know the importance of quality land, with a quality supply of water, then this article is for you in a few years. After you have returned to the natural world and have your sight set on food systems… This is your initial guide to effortless food forestry (California – SUBTROPICS):

Several Popular, California-native plants are highly edible, fast growing and effortless to grow. Mulberry and Fig cuttings for example root with very high success in any medium, in about a weeks time. Most people live within an easy drive of one or many sources of seed/cuttings for these plants:





Gooseberries + Currants

Black Walnuts

Sunchokes/Jerusalem Artichokes


Miscellaneous Native Edibles that can be easily established almost anywhere in California, WITHOUT irrigation and/or fertilization:

Umbellularia californica (CA laurel) – to 100ft., flesh and kernel of CA laurel’s fruit is edible

Amaranthus sp. (Amaranth)

Berberis sp. (Barberry, Oregon-grape)

Castonopsis = Chrysolepis sp. (Chinquapin) – native nut tree

Quercus sp. (Oaks)

Lithocarpus densiflora (Tankbark oak)

Corylus cornuta (Hazelnut, Filbert)

Campanula rotundifolia (bluebell bell-flower)

Orobanche sp. (Broom-rape)

Opuntia sp. (prickly pear) –

Lomatium sp.

Sium sauve (Water Parsnip) – long, fleshy root is edible raw and has a sweet carrot-like flavor

Pastinaca sativa (Wild Parsnip) – wild form of the domesticated parsnip, may be eaten similarily

Perideridia sp. (Yampah) – all species are edible, raw finger-like roots have a pleasant nutty flavor when raw and resemble carrots when cooked

Ribes sp. (Currant, Gooseberry) – most wild species are edible raw, very few are inpalatable

Cornus nuttallii (dogwood)

Celtis reticulata (Net-leaved Hackberry) –

Chenopodium sp. (Lambs-quarters) – leaves, tops and seeds of all species are edible

Vitis californica (grape) – all parts of the plant are edible except for the root

Vaccinium sp. (Huckleberry) –

Arbutus menziessii (madrone) –

Arctostaphylos sp. (manzanita)

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