A food forest is a gardening technique which mimics a woodland ecosystem using edible trees, shrubs, and other perennials. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs and (mainly) edible perennials make up the lower levels. Once established, it should be relatively low maintenance. A community food forest is located on public land. Produce from our food forest will be available to the community, with any excess donated to community food initiatives through the Fruit for All program.
Early in 2016, Sudbury Shared Harvest recruited a planning committee made up of five community members, including some with extensive experience growing fruit trees and other food in our Zone 3 climate. After several months of searching and consulting with City staff, we chose an approximately 9,000 square foot site at Delki Dozzi park, between the parking lot and the cycling track.
In July 2016, collaborating with reThink Green, Sudbury Shared Harvest secured a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation to plan and plant Sudbury’s first community food forest. This enabled hiring of a part-time project manager. The planning committee worked with design coach Bonita Ford over the winter and ore than 75 people participated in planting activities in May 2017, completing about half of the chosen area ("Phase I"). Phase II will be planted in May of 2018.
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