FGP - Forest Garden Products

Forest Garden farming systems refer to those practicing Analog Forestry, or, the restoration of native biodiversity through the use of organic agriculture, crop diversification and system maturation. These kinds of farming systems include traditional forestry, home gardens, agro-forestry and permaculture. No matter which term is used, the basic principle remains the same: maturing a tree dominated ecosystem that mimics the natural ecosystem, encourages native biodiversity and moves towards maturity. This basic principle facilitates the production of safe, high-quality agricultural or silvicultural product while avoiding toxins and building upon the local biotic capital. The consequence of the practice of Analog Forestry is the establishment of a Forest Garden. The products derived from this practice are termed Forest Garden Products (FGPs) for the purposes of this Standard.
In crop management, Analog Forestry has much in common with organic farming: the same emphasis is placed on the use of renewable resources, and on the need for the conservation of energy, soil and water resources with the concomitant maintenance of environmental quality. The production is integrally linked to the landscape needs, with the utmost restrictions on external inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, fossil energy, alien invasive species and invasive exotic genes.

The traditional home gardens in many countries have maintained a high degree of biodiversity and have a low reliance on external inputs. They can form the foci of ecosystem restoration in rural areas with system maturity and biomass gain.

How you benefit
Analog Forestry is an ecosystem restoration system that is environmentally sustainable and socially sound. It prevents the use of synthetic chemicals or bioconcentrable substances.

In crop management, Analog Forestry has much in common with organic farming: the same emphasis is placed on the use of renewable resources, and on the need for the conservation of energy, soil and water resources with the concomitant maintenance of environmental quality. The production is integrally linked to the landscape needs, with the utmost restrictions on external inputs such as fertilizers, pesticides, fossil energy, alien invasive species and invasive exotic genes.
The traditional home gardens in many countries have maintained a high degree of biodiversity and have a low reliance on external inputs. They can form the foci of ecosystem restoration in rural areas with system maturity and biomass gain.

Control Union Certifications (CUC)  is an approved certification body for conducting FGP inspection and certification. We have the authority to conduct compliance audits and to award certificates of compliance to forest managers, forest owners and companies that meet the relevant requirements.

What the standard looks like
This Standard was developed by the International Analog Forestry Network (IAFN) in response to the demand for a certification system that follows the philosophy and principles of Analog Forestry.

The principles defined:
  1.  Observe and record
  2.  Understand and evaluate
  3.  Know your land
  4.  Identify levels of yield
  5.  Map out flow and reservoir systems
  6.  Reduce ratio of external energy in production
  7.  Be guided by landscape needs
  8.  Follow ecological succession
  9.  Utilise ecological processes
  10. Value biodiversity
  11. Respect maturity
  12. Respond creatively
The Forest Garden Products Standard lays down minimum requirements. These must be complied with before any agricultural or silvicultural products can be placed on the market with claims (or labelling) that imply that the products have been produced by the practice of Analog Forestry.

This Standard works in harmony with the Fair Flowers & Fair Plants (FFP) Standards for Social and Fair Trade criteria and with the standards of the PFCE (French Platform for Fair Trade), as well as with the COROS Family of Standards of IFOAM.