This is one of the coolest ideas we’ve heard of in a while.
We love community gardens because they give people a space where they can get their hands dirty and grow their own good whole food.
Now Sudbury has taken this idea and adapted it. This spring Sudbury will be planting their first food forest. While community gardens rent plots for a season, planting a new crop each year, a food forest focuses on perennial food sources. Fruit trees, berries, edible perennials, herbs, and medicinal plants are all great examples of the types of foods in these forests.
The forests take longer to see significant yields from the harvest, but this is a long-term investment.
Unlike a community garden, this space isn’t divided and rented out. It is open to the entire community to help take care of it, but also to come and gather food from it as needed.
You can read more about the food forest over on www.CBC.ca.
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