JCCC Honors Journal


Though agriculture of the past lead to the rise of civilization, degenerative agricultural practices today may very well lead to the demise of civilization. Fortunately, nature offers a solution. By studying and manipulating the inner workings of ecological systems for the gardeners’ benefit, resilient gardens, specifically forest gardens, can be created. This paper explores processes that occur in the natural world such as the hydrologic and nitrogen cycles, biotic interactions, and succession and how to mimic them. Concluding with a real-world example, this paper demonstrates that gardens can thrive with minimal input while still providing an abundant variety of food, fuel, and other important resources.