A recipe for distributed, small-scale food production in temperate climates

created by simon on 2021-03-28

This list will need to be specific to each region such a system would be rolled out in. For this system to work, we should define each required niche or zone (medicine, staple, protein, etc) as well as the method (intensive row-based or food-forest style) based on an amount of land/space available.

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In addition to these plants, one would want to add some aspect of small livestock β€”Β like rabbits for meat and fertilizer, or poultry like quail, chickens, or ducks.

Plant Latin name Notes Actions

Fertilizer & mulch

Comfrey
Symphytum officinale
Symphytum officinale
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Nasturtium
Tropaeolum majus
Tropaeolum majus
A versatile plant with lots of functions. Good ground cover, fully edible, lots of biomass and acts as a trap crop for caterpillars.
A versatile plant with lots of functions. Good ground cover, fully edible, lots of biomass and acts as a trap crop for caterpillars.
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A versatile plant with lots of functions. Good ground cover, fully edible, lots of biomass and acts as a trap crop for caterpillars.

Pigeon Pea
Cajanus cajan
Cajanus cajan
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White Clover
Trifolium repens
Trifolium repens
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Greens

Giant red mustard
Brassica juncea
Brassica juncea
Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!
Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!
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Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!

Kale
Brassica oleracea acephala
Brassica oleracea acephala
Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!
Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!
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Could be any of your favourite garden greens. I like mustard as it's versatile and seeds pretty readily. The seeds can be prepared into a condiment, and are also loved by ducks!

Rocket
Eruca vesicaria sativa
Eruca vesicaria sativa
Resilient and hardy. Tasty too.
Resilient and hardy. Tasty too.
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Resilient and hardy. Tasty too.

Swiss Chard
Beta vulgaris flavescens
Beta vulgaris flavescens
Extremely healthy choice for a green.
Extremely healthy choice for a green.
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Extremely healthy choice for a green.

Medicine

Alpine Currant
Ribes alpinum
Ribes alpinum
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
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Could be any of your favourite ribes species.

Black currant
Ribes nigrum
Ribes nigrum
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
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Could be any of your favourite ribes species.

Black elderberry
Sambucus nigra
Sambucus nigra
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
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Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.

Blue elderberry
Sambucus caerulea
Sambucus caerulea
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
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Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.

Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
Lavandula angustifolia
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Lemon balm
Melissa officinalis
Melissa officinalis
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Rosemary
Salvia rosmarinus
Salvia rosmarinus
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Round-Leaved Mint
Mentha suaveolens
Mentha suaveolens
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Sea-buckthorn
Hippophae rhamnoides
Hippophae rhamnoides
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Spearmint
Mentha spicata
Mentha spicata
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Staple

Potato
Solanum tuberosum
Solanum tuberosum
The potato is a great staple. It's reliable, adaptable and has a good amount of caloric value.
The potato is a great staple. It's reliable, adaptable and has a good amount of caloric value.
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The potato is a great staple. It's reliable, adaptable and has a good amount of caloric value.

Pumpkin / Zucchini
Cucurbita pepo
Cucurbita pepo
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Winter Squash
Cucurbita maxima
Cucurbita maxima
Could be any of your favourite winter squash.
Could be any of your favourite winter squash.
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Could be any of your favourite winter squash.

Supplementary

Apple
Malus domestica
Malus domestica
Could be replaced with your favourite fruit tree.
Could be replaced with your favourite fruit tree.
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Could be replaced with your favourite fruit tree.

Black raspberry
Rubus occidentalis
Rubus occidentalis
Could be any of your favourite rubus species.
Could be any of your favourite rubus species.
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Could be any of your favourite rubus species.

Chives
Allium schoenoprasum
Allium schoenoprasum
Great early-season flowers for pollinators!
Great early-season flowers for pollinators!
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Great early-season flowers for pollinators!

Cucumber
Cucumis sativus
Cucumis sativus
Could be any of your favourite annual garden vegetables.
Could be any of your favourite annual garden vegetables.
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Could be any of your favourite annual garden vegetables.

Strawberry
Fragaria Γ— ananassa
Fragaria Γ— ananassa
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Tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
Solanum lycopersicum
A good and popular crop.
A good and popular crop.
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A good and popular crop.