Community Food Forest

3rd Visioning Workshop October 27, 20146–8pm

The Alan Day Community Garden (ADCG), in collaboration with the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) has received a Maine Local Food Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and Maine Today Media to create a Community Food Forest. Two well-attended workshops have been held at the community garden to present the idea, solicit community input, and recruit volunteers to implement the creation and maintenance of the food forest.

Forest Gardening in our northern temperate zone is a burgeoning field with many recent books and workshops being held throughout the region, especially in permaculture circles, but few public examples exist in our area. Also known as edible forest gardens, or perennial polycultures, food forests contain a diverse mix of perennial plants, from edible fungi and herbaceous ground covers, to perennial vegetables and fruit and nut bearing vines, shrubs, and trees. By emulating natural ecosystems, forest gardening creates guilds of plants that ideally work together to maximize the productivity of the edible landscape, while reducing the need for annual labor and material inputs.

Every effort is being made to include as many people as possible in the process of creating the ADCG Community Food Forest. All input will be carefully considered in the design process.

The first half hour of the October 27th event will be an introduction to food forests for those who have not attended the first two workshops. At 6:30 we will conduct a “World Café” style visioning session.

Check out the Food Forest project to see what we’ve come up with so far.

CEBE is located at 447 Main Street, in Norway, next to the Fare Share Market.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved with this exciting community project.

All are welcome!

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The Mission of the Alan Day Community Garden is to cooperatively create an educational demonstration garden, where people can grow their own food, using organic, sustainable methods to support an enduring community food system. The ADCG is located at: 26 Whitman Street, Norway, Maine 04268.

Please click here to request a garden plot signup form, and you can  email us at AlanDayCommunityGarden@gmail.com with any questions.