Food Forests and Forest Gardens

Who we are


The Food Forest International Research Network emerged from discussions at the International Permaculture Convergence 2015 in London. A need and interest for practitioners and researchers to join forces was recognised.


Our focus is on food forests (aka forest gardens), by which we mean multi-storey perennial polycultures. We will study food forests across the globe. These may include annual and herbaceous polycultures as part of this, but we will not focus specifically on annual polycultures.

Geographical zones are likely to be defined by the group membership. We would like to have at least one member from each major world region represented in the core group.

We are looking for permaculture researchers, practitioners and those somewhere in between. Please join the conversation by getting in touch.



The purpose of the network is to enable and support food forestry practices and research. Our core activity will be to develop a worldwide network of food forestry practitioners and researchers. Over time we expect regional and thematic sub-groupings to emerge.


  • We will gather key information about polycultures and make them accessible to practitioners and researchers

  • We will enable people to connect with each other and to access the resources they need

  • We will collate and present information about food forest practitioners and researchers so that they can access each other's work

  • We will identify and publicise best practice in food forests, research methodologies and results, tools for the design and management of food forests and other relevant resources

  • We will develop research themes and projects that are of use and interest to our understanding of food forests, and invite people to contribute to research


The FFIRN group is a part of the wider Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN). Find out about other areas of PIRN work here.