Nat’s Story

Finding Nat was no intention, but it turned out to be a highly influential experience that started a passion for documentary photography.

Nat’s story began with a general interest about the sense of our World. Studying Philosophy at Sussex University disenchanted Nat, a study filled historical ideas, giving him a sense of ideas that appeared irrelevant then, and still irrelevant now.  Thriving for a better sense. Nat dipped in to Radical Politics and explored the source of life that keeps society glued and the way of living. Eventually, Nat figured that the basic of life for society is naturally food and water supply, followed by shelter.

As thoughts developed, Nat started thinking about food production and its importance. He made the choice of relinquished university and moved to South East Asia for a year in order to learn about growing food and becoming more self-sufficient. Nat eventually learned about food forest, and with all information Nat has collected, he came to the conclusion that they are the most attractive alternative method of producing food.

Upon his return, he learned that a family friend owned a plot of land, which Nat adopted. The location became perfect, with a natural spring and an old building that was used to keep a horse, Nat set to work. He learnt about woodwork that helps revitalize the building. Nat recycled a great deal of old cardboard, in order to destroy the grass, a technique in which he would not have to dig up the soil and prevent unnatural seeds.

The projects aim is to properly establish a food forest within the plot of land. With success he can create the project to be resilient and energy efficient.  By this, creating a variety of plant species increases the resistance to disease, drought, pest etc. As well as this, the food forest would hopefully continue with out the need of external input by being self-fertilizing through leaf fodder.  This can help keep the soil in tact from year after year allows fungal/bacterial colonies to establish and produce a healthy substrate.

The harvesting in the project would all be done by hand; this is so that will be no fossil fuel input from transport or machinery. On top of all this, Nat feels that the forest would much better for the eye, brilliant carbon sinks and great for the soul rather than a repetitive weave of fields with the same crop.