Food Forests

Ensuring that everyone has enough to eat is an important motivation of the Localising Food Project. In this story, we see a great example of making fresh fruit and nuts available to people of all ages, stages and walks of life in Nelson’s Stoke Open Orchard. We also meet the lively and vivacious Edith Shaw who’s passion for the orchard and for sharing her knowledge is evident.

In this story, we meet Robert and Robyn Guyton and visit their abundant property in Riverton. They have spent many years developing a sparse piece of farmland into a lush, fruit-laden forest providing them and their family with a year-round supply of food. Robyn tells us about the history of their place, and Robert takes us on a tour of the forest, highlighting the types of fruits growing there. You might be surprised at the varieties they’ve been able to grow in chilly Southland! You can find more stories from Guyton’s forest garden on their Blog:

These inspiring West Auckland residents are working down at the Lucinda Place community orchard to put the "Eden back in Glen Eden." And they are not just interested in growing food, they're interested in growing community -- and it shows. Join Project Twin Streams' Genevieve Toop, Tony Phillips, Pam Gill and others as we taste the bounty at the Lucinda Place Community Orchard. The Lucinda Place Community Orchard came about after "Project Twin Streams" brought the land and demolished the two flood-prone houses that occupied the site. Read more about the project at this website: Connect up with the team at transition towns Glen Eden.

Waiheke resident and food forest proponent James Samuel takes us on a tour of two food forests on the island. One an established home food forest with a rich variety of food sources; the other a community orchard, just beginning its transition to a food forest. James shares his vision for an abundant future of food and inspires resilient communities to invest in trees to allow for a bounty of delicious, healthy food for the generations to come. He also runs a fantastic website with information and education for keen food foresters - you can view it at this link.

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A quiet revolution has taken seed in communities all over Aotearoa, New Zealand. People are reconnecting with the source of their food and joining together to co-create a range of inspirational food initiatives.

Fruit & Nuts Unlimited! – The third documentary from the Localising Food Project, continues our kaupapa to inspire, empower and educate communities nationwide. This feature-length film explores perennial public plantings of fruit and nut trees, from open orchards in Waimate to community Food Forests on Waiheke Island.

What we have captured is a definitive documentation of a unique time, place, & space…the birth and growth of the food forest movement in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  Preserving a rich heritage of flavourful heirloom fruit varieties to nourish future generations.

He Tangata!

It’s about the people who are creating and sharing this abundance of kai and forming strong social connections along the way. 


As of July 2016, we have footage of over 50 locations around New Zealand and interviews with leading figures in the food forest, permaculture, open orchard and heritage orchard movments. The storyline follows a winding path of greening the red-zone in the Otakaro / Avon river area of Canterbury post the 2011 Christchurch Earthquakes; branching out into the four corners of the country for inspiration and ideation - korero and kai.



"A food forest is designed to create an ecosystem that mimics the relationships that are beneficial to humans, animals, plants & insects in a natural forest system." 

Sarcha Healey - Feeding our futures Hui

"The most effective way to break down any social or cultural boundary is through order to truly dissolve the sense of separation and otherness we must participant together at all levels of food production, harvest, appreciation & celebration."

James Samuels - Community Food Campaigner.

"We have to go back to the old varieties. These are the important ones for our health and future generations of New Zealanders."

Mark Christensen - Treecrops Trust & pioneer of Monty Surprise Apple.

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