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Klaus Lotz on Syntropic Farming (Extended Interview)


Klaus talks about his background and the history of the property they live on, and his experience with syntropic agroforestry.

From our film The Food Forest Farmers.

Interview questions:

01:43: What did this property look like when you arrived here?

02:30: What is syntropic farming?

08:33: What is complexity in an eco-system?

09:52: What are the principles of syntropic farming?

12:33: How do syntropic food forests differ from food forests with minimal intervention?

14:02: How do the different plant species complement each other?

15:42: In what contexts can syntropic farming be applied?

17:31: What climates can syntropic farming be implemented in?

18:48: Can animals be incorporated into a syntropic farming system?

19:50: How are both exotic and native plants used in the food forest?

22:01: What are your views on ‘weeds’?

23:45: How does syntropic farming help address climate change?

25:38: How does syntropic farming help to create food security?

27:33: What are some of the first steps that people can take to engage with syntropy?

29:15: How do you see your role in the food forest?

31:08: Is there an ‘end vision’ for the food forest?

33:01: How does it feel to be in the forest?

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An Invitation for Wildness
In the small town of Riverton at the bottom of New Zealand’s South Island is Robert and Robyn Guyton’s amazing 23-year-old food forest. The 2-acre property has been transformed from a neglected piece of land into a thriving ecosystem of native and exotic trees where birds and insects live in abundance. Robert and Robyn are a huge inspiration to us, not only for their beautiful approach to healing the land and saving heritage trees and seeds, but for the way they’ve impacted on their local community.

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  • Sunny says:

    Such a great interview!!! I got so inspire by this Syntropic Food Forest idea. Klaus build this amazing relationship with the land which can benefit for the people, community and the nature. Thank you guys to release this interview here.

  • Paul Johnson says:

    Well that was completely life changing.. I can’t thank you enough..
    That’s the next few decades of my life sorted..

  • Theresa says:

    Yes, this is really inspiring. I’d actually never heard this term ‘syntropic’ before. Really appreciate all that you do ‘Happen Films’. xo

  • entheogenius says:

    “ngā kaitiaki e toi o whenua” ~ “guardians are the art of the land” thank you for your inspiring syntropic farming audio-visual. kah pai e aotearoa.

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