Community Garden seeks input on Food Forest project


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

One more workshop will be held at CEBE to solicit further community input and promote the project. The Food Forest Visioning Workshop will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at CEBE, 447 Main St., next to the Fare Share Market. All are welcome.

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 Oct. 27 event will be an Introduction to Food Forests for those who have not attended the first two workshops. At 6:30 members will conduct a “World Cafe” style visioning session.