Abundant Michigan, Permaculture Ypsilanti
Abundant Michigan is an Ypsilanti-based permaculture group. We believe it is possible to meet many needs locally using permaculture methods to build upon existing natural resources and by sharing and building expertise. An important foundation for this is a community food forest/nursery of long-lived perennial and woody plants that will serve as a source for community members for many years to come.
This nursery is distributed across members’ sites, in community lots and easements, and centered at the 5 acres we are developing at Dawn Farm, a residential substance abuse recovery facility. Our work there complements the farm animals, vegetable gardens, and hoop-house Dawn Farm has established as part of its treatment program, forming a complete system.
Last spring, using a Grow2Share grant and by pooling resources, we bought seeds and growing supplies for over 30 edible and/or medicinal perennials as well as 2,500 tree and shrub saplings – many fruit-producing, others for timber and coppicing, still others to fix nitrogen and improve the soil. These were planted during group workdays last summer.
This year, we will grow hundreds of trees and shrubs from seed – especially resistant, locally adapted varieties – with support from University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. This will double as an opportunity to expand knowledge for growing difficult perennials/woody plant species, which will be grown on by members and eventually planted out at Dawn Farm and across the community. We are also developing a produce-sharing system and a community seed bank.
The nursery at Dawn Farm will provide material for future members and the community at large for many years to come. And at the same time we are creating relatively quickly maturing abundance in vegetables and fruits, we are also laying the foundation for slower maturing abundance in nuts, timber, and other resources.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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Scarborough, ME, 04074, USA