Excellent Article…

…on maximizing vegatation (food growth) in the midwest plains.  Corn farmers should take notice of this one.  Here’s some snippets:

One of his main themes was what he calls the savanna model. The natural habitat in much of North America was once oak savanna – a mix of grassland and woodland. He said because the savanna takes advantage of three dimensions, vegetation high, low, and everywhere in between, you can get sixty vertical feet of photosynthesis, pull water and nutrients up from much deeper in the soil, and over time, build up some of the richest soil on earth.  The savanna model can support more total biomass than almost any other system – seven times more biomass than a cornfield.

Turning back to the topic at hand, he said that the most useful Oak savanna crops fall into the following families:

  • Fagacae: Oaks, chestnuts, beeches
  • Malus: Apples
  • Prunus: Plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, and other stone fruits
  • Corylus: Hazelnuts
  • Vitis: Grapes
  • Rubus: Blackberries & raspberries
  • Ribes: Currants & gooseberries


This is what I’ve been working on with a suburban plot.  The fruit trees are in.  Next are nut trees and berries in between.


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