While setting up our own food forest / permaculture project, and during the construction of the Philippine Food Forest site, it dawned on me that it helps to have data about your surroundings. Where are certain trees located? What kinds of vegetation are growing here? As a kind of bookkeeping software for forests, ForestBrain was born.

It's still in an early stage, but already I can see use cases for such an application. Together with a group of native tree enthousiasts here in the Philippines (SONATA) for example, we're making a map of "Mother trees" in our region. By collectively keeping an eye on them, we can ensure their wellbeing and help them spread their seeds to the many deforested areas here as soon as they start flowering.

Another feature is to connect the outputs of a certain component inside your food forest (say, poop in chicken coop) to another forest element as input (say, a vegetable garden). By systematically doing this with every component in your farm, you are slowly but surely creating a closed loop system that can eventually sustain itself. That's not my idea btw, that's the permaculture way!

So what is ForestBrain at this point? A digital tool to help you store forest related data and create closed loop systems.

Screenshot of ForestBrain manager