Picture yourself in the middle of a forest where almost everything around you is food. Mature and maturing fruit and nut trees form an open canopy. If you look carefully, you can see fruits swelling on many branches—papaya, avocado, bananas, guanabana (soursop), pejibaye and guava. Shrubs fill the gaps in the canopy. They bear wild berries and other lesser-known fruits, flowers, and seeds. Assorted native wildflowers, wild edibles, herbs, and vegetables cover the ground. We use many of these plants for food or medicine. Some of these plants attract beneficial insects, birds, and butterflies. Others act as soil builders, or simply help keep out weeds. Here and there vines climb on trees, shrubs, or arbors with fruit hanging through the foliage. These are the edible Food Forests of Diosa Verde and at Gavilana Base Camp just a brief walk from the front door of La Gavilana Herbs and Art.