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

Created by: simon on 2021-03-28 • List type: user • Visibility: Public

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 — like rabbits for meat and fertilizer, or poultry like quail, chickens, or ducks.

Plant Type Note

Fertilizer & mulch

Comfrey
Species
Nasturtium
Species
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
Species
White Clover
Species

Greens

Giant red mustard
Species
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
Species
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
Species
Resilient and hardy. Tasty too.
Swiss Chard
Species
Extremely healthy choice for a green.

Medicine

Alpine Currant
Species
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
Black currant
Species
Could be any of your favourite ribes species.
Black elderberry
Species
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
Blue elderberry
Species
Could be any of your favourite Sambucus species, though it's usually black or blue elderberry used.
Lavender
Species
Lemon balm
Species
Rosemary
Species
Round-Leaved Mint
Species
Sea-buckthorn
Species
Spearmint
Species

Staple

Potato
Species
The potato is a great staple. It's reliable, adaptable and has a good amount of caloric value.
Pumpkin / Zucchini
Species
Winter Squash
Species
Could be any of your favourite winter squash.

Supplementary

Apple
Species
Could be replaced with your favourite fruit tree.
Black raspberry
Species
Could be any of your favourite rubus species.
Chives
Species
Great early-season flowers for pollinators!
Cucumber
Species
Could be any of your favourite annual garden vegetables.
Strawberry
Species
Tomato
Species
A good and popular crop.