Food Forest at FarmOne
A 'Food Forest' is a planned garden using seven layers of food bearing plants which mimic the ecosystem of a natural forest. Our goal is to set up a 'Food Forest' using space at FarmOne that demonstrates this concept. The food bearing layers include: 1.) High canopy -fruit or nut 2.) Low Tree- fruit 3.) Shrub -berries 4.) Herbaceous- vegetables, herbs, perennials, 5.) Rhizomes- root vegetables 6.) Surface- ground cover, Strawberry 7.) Vertical- vines, climbers.
While we are a rural farm, we will show how this can be applied in an urban landscape setting with our primary audiences being families and lower income homeowners. A well designed 'Food Forest' is low maintenance and provides savings on food costs. Another benefit is that often times the neighbors and the community get involved in the installation! When extra harvests are available they can be shared with those neighbors and community members who helped out.
As for the harvests from our 'Food Forest', we currently have partners serving the homeless and low income communities that accept our food.
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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