What if the grocery store was right outside your door?
In 1985 Richard Walker left his family farm near Edmonton, Alberta. He was sick and tired of his neighbours over-spraying pesticides, killing his fruit trees. He wondered if growing food didn't have to include chemicals or even annual crops. What if instead of planting every year, he planted once and harvested every year after that? He landed on 3 acres of bare horse pasture in Grand Forks, BC. There he created a forest overflowing with fruits, leaves, roots, and berries with more than enough to support two businesses and a family of four. This is the story of Richard Walker, his partner Karin Kilpatrick M.D and Sarah Orlowski and John Hagel who continue to nurture one of Canada’s oldest modern food forests.
Our team is made up of experienced film creatives, individuals who are steeped in the subject matter, and people who are passionate to tell this story.
Richard Walker is one of Canada's most experienced food foresters. He calls his work "gardening for 1000 years" as trees can far outlast and out produce almost every other form of agriculture.
Karin is an incredible Doctor who integrates medicine for the benefit of her patients. She's Richard's partner and has supported the food forest since coming on site. She continues her work as both a MD as well as a food forest practitioner and supporter.
Eating is an agricultural act. When we eat we support the food we want to see produced. We vote three times a day every time we pick up a fork.
Many people are turning to farming as a viable occupation. But, many don't know there are alternative ways to produce their food. Showing alternatives allows potential and veteran farmers to diversify their production and increase their quality of life.
Filbelly Forest (formerly Dragon's Eye Nursery) is an incredible 3 acres just outside of Grand Forks, BC. Here hundreds of trees, shrubs and plants show the potential of what perennial agriculture can offer.
Following the site through a season as well as the people who manage and made this forest will be a delight. Who doesn't love being in the garden with its sights and sounds?