In short

Creating more pockets of green

Kennevid is a regenerative initiative that longs to reforest the centre of Bretagne by proving that simple forests can be ecologically sound as well as wildly productive.

We hope the applied models, which are based on existing forests and forest gardens reinvigorate some of the Breton rural communities by spreading through the region. By acquiring degraded landscapes and transforming these into fertile spaces with abundant production and using regenerative agriculture and agroforestry we revive soils, rebuild ecosystems and demonstrate that small pieces of land can support rural employment.

In time, we hope that the Kennevid self-replicating open-source models, sister models to the Sol Nascente models of Portugal, intuitively designed to be easily reproduced at any scale, will be integrated into rural communities and inspire a growing network of people to plant and manage productive ecosystems capable of transforming the millions of hectares of destructive monoculture currently in place into bio diverse forests that cure the region of its currently poor state.

Our methods are wholly based on existing local projects and practices and forest ecology: a symbiotic interdependence between humans, fauna and flora. Imitating the many strata that exist in a natural forest, we can organise species to stretch to their theoretical limit of the surface area of green leaves absorbing the sun’s light. In conjunction with optimal placement of species in terms of size, soil needs, ecology, and interactions, we can nest several productions in a single space, gain stable production under environmental stress, all while out-yielding traditional monoculture and maintaining ecological integrity.

The organic market continues its state of steady growth with many sectors of organic agriculture. More people want to buy organic food and products than can currently be supplied with this growth. While demand greatly outpaces supply, there are currently no scalable forest models being tested in Bretagne.

By providing organic foods that compete with traditional agricultural prices, we can be competitive while opening up the organic market to a larger section of the population. This also aligns with the trend of expanding food consciousness. Many people have already started to look beyond the names “organic” and “bio”, towards a more integrated responsibility in food production. We work for regenerative production with more balanced benefits for nature, consumers and food producers.

We will create synergy with small bio and organic food producers and consumers who know that our living environment is the greatest undervalued asset in history and have a strong need for a sense of meaning and interdependence with nature and the community. We will nourish their demand for quality products with a personal touch based on a trust relationship and stories people can believe in.

Until now many people in Bretagne have funded their own projects demonstrating similar and same principles. These are all small scale solutions. To evolve a new variety of sustainable forests which are effective when scaled up, we are searching for funding through traditional means such as investors and subsidies, as well as modern approaches such as crowd-funding and an ICO.

Within a decade we hope to grow our network through vertical and horizontal integration and create local economic potential by turning produce into added value goods.

As we are using the Sol Nascente models and adapt those to our local environment, people in our network in turn support anyone who undertakes the replication and adaptation of the models. This can include advice, workshops, receiving plants from plant nurseries, guided tours of existing gardens, forests and forest gardens, ecotourism, memberships, donorships, a research centre, and a network through which people can offer and trade their goods.