Food Forest Plants, Functionality and Future
October 27th, 2014, 6pm–8pm
We have a Wetland! Working with the DEP
From our final visioning session the idea surfaced that we should check with the DEP regarding the vernal stream that flows through the Community Garden and bounds the CFF on the west.
We invited the DEP to look the site over. In spite of the fact the most of it is on fill placed by the Cummings Mill decades ago, sure enough, we had a wetland. We did some research and applied for a “permit by rule.” The permit, requiring us to plant only native species within 25 feet of the stream, was approved. This still allows the bulk of the site to be planted with food producing and other functional plants of our choosing.
Designing the Food Forest
This winter we are designing the specifics for the food forest, including the layout of the beds in the allotted space at the garden as well as the individual plant “guilds” that will be installed in each bed. This preliminary design will be presented to the public this spring for feedback, before final plans are drawn up. We will also be ordering the trees, plants and seeds that will be planted.
Installing the Food Forest
Once we have a sense of when the site will dry out in the spring, we will schedule a series of educational workshops and work parties to amend and sheet mulch the beds and install the food forest. Be sure to join and CEBE and/or ADCG email list to stay informed about how you can get involved in this exciting community project.
Food Forest Species
In our final visioning session we identified following species for consideration:
Black Chokeberry (Aronia Melancarpa)
American Groundnut (Apios Americana)
Siberian Pea Shrub
Cornelian Cherry (Cornus mas)
Kousa Dogwwood (Cornus kousa)
Korean Nut Pine
Jerusalem Artichoke (Sunchoke)
WHAT IS IT?
Think of an edible forest garden, containing a diverse mix of plants like fungi, herbaceous ground covers, perennial vegetables, fruit and nut bearing vines, shrubs, and trees.
Maine Local Foods Grant funded by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Maine Sunday Telegram.
$5000 Food Forest Design, Workshop Programming & Implementation by CEBE
$2000 Food Forest Trees, Plants, and Seeds
$1500 Food Forest Soil Building (hauling in compost and materials)
Interested in getting involved? Email us or call 207-739-2101.
Food Forest Plants
15 Years from Now...
Above are notes from planning
sessions to create the food forest.
Check out our project partners @ alandaygarden.com/food-forest
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