The Farm School Enchanted Edible Forest
The Farm School Enchanted Edible Garden consists of many elements that together form a wholistic model of sustainability. For years, students, families, teachers and visitors involved with the school have been implementing the project. We have employed permaculture, an ecological design science, to create an environmental learning center. We planted a native plant garden to show students how to attract pollinators and predator species of insects and provide food for the local wildlife. We have annual gardens to showcase our favorite vegetables and flowers and learn about soil, biology, the plant life cycle, and more. Our herb spiral demonstrates how design can be used to save space, create microclimate and diversify our plantings. We have a forest garden consisting of seven layers of perennial species. The goal is to demonstrate plants forming synergistic relationships with one another, provide a long term project for the participants to observe and moniter succession and create an abundant harvest. We have food scrap composting facilities to learn about turning waste into a resource and a worm composting unit to observe how these creatures can help us with that process. We utilite natural resources like clay, sand and straw to build an earthen oven to demonstrate how utilitarian these materials can be, provide muddy fun for all involved, and bake pizzas with the vegetables we grow. Our goals for the future include building a greenhouse, buying more perennial plants and getting more tools. Students attending The Farm School, at risk youth attending Kids to the Country camp, homeschooling families umbrellaed under the school and visitors all benefit from the gardens. During the year these various groups come to spend time in nature, observe, develop ecological design skills, work together in mixed age groups, create a connection to the food they eat & create positive solutions.
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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