Between 2015 and 2017 we created a Drink Forest Garden in Brighton to demonstrate the kinds of value that can be created by working with wild plants.
The idea for Drink Forests is simply combine food-forestry and fermentation and harness the forces of nature to transform, regenerate and grow, to heal our natural world.
Drink Forests are productive edible plant landscapes, recreational green spaces and low maintenance wildlife gardens. In Drink Forests you can see, smell, hear, touch and taste all the flavours of the seasons.
If Old Tree establish an irresistible drinks brand from its mission to plant Food and Drink Forests far and wide and this starts with knowledge-sharing to grow a community that can make this idea a reality.
The founder of the permaculture movement, Bill Mollision has a quote that we agree with:
"Whilst the problems of the world become increasingly complex. The solutions remain embarrassingly simple."
Despite the powerful media narrative, we do not have an 'over-population crisis'. We have an agricultural crisis. An educational crisis. A waste crisis, and an economic crisis. Their aren't 'too many' people their aren't enough gardeners, farmers and teachers empowered with the vital knowledge and access to land & there is not enough closed-loop thinking in an economic system whose growth is measured in quantity instead of quality of goods and services created. The climate crisis demands that we transform our civilization now, or we may as well be digging our own graves with consumption.
Forage and ferment with us
Let's not beat around the bush. We are living through a mass extinction as a result of our impact on the web of life we depend on. We need to completely change how we meet our needs to survive the next century. One of the best ways of doing this is to grow and produce more of what we all need together. We have discovered a way of doing this through combining botanical drink production with forest gardening. The purpose of Old Tree is to share this knowledge and build a culture around foraging and fermentation that can help to transform our agricultural practices into a force that heals the earth and makes people healthier and happier.