Tree Streets Food Forest
Build It Up! East TN is a food justice program parented by Grand Aspirations. Near the end of 2013, we planted the first five fruit trees of Johnson City TN's first food forest - the Tree Streets Food Forest. Located on 11,000 sq. ft. of lawn surrounding a food pantry in the downtown area, we are transforming this space into an inviting public park by planting trees, shrubs, and perennial and annual plants together as a community. We will use this as a community gathering space for workshops on the basics of no-till permaculture-based gardening, as well as how to prune fruit and nut trees, graft scions, save seed, and create biodiverse, multi-functional tree and plant 'guilds.' Build It Up! regularly hosts other types of workshops as well that will be integrated with what is grown at the park, such as how to can, pickle, make jelly and jam, soup mixes, lotions, lip balms, and more. We will be incorporating detailed signs and brochures at the park to provide information about what we're growing for those who come by on their own. We will also be installing public art around the park, a rainwater pond, a picnic area, and a cob oven. Our primary partners and beneficiaries are the food insecure, at-risk youth, and children in our downtown neighborhood. Project collaborators include Appalachian Sustainable Development, the Johnson City Alternative High School, the Appalachian Learning Academy, the Environmental Conservation Organization at East Tennessee State University, the Southside Neighborhood Organization, and the Johnson City 1st United Methodist Church.
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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