We are a small group of committed volunteers who are excited to introduce the concept of food forests to CW. Any and all are welcome to join us!
What is a food forest?
A food forest is an alternative way of gardening/producing food, modelled on the natural structure of a forest. Food forests can include food-producing trees, shrubs, vegetation, root vegetables, ground cover, and vines, which all work together, each playing a role to create a sustainable ecosystem.
We also aim to include native plants that support as many insect species and other wildlife as possible.
Why grow a food forest?
Our food forest will benefit the CW community by:
- being a publicly accessible source of food (fruit, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, etc)
- educating about this alternative, eco-friendly method of gardening, and about native plants
- replacing grass with trees and other vegetation to capture carbon and help restore a native ecosystem
- providing a beautiful space for people to gather, volunteer, and work together.
What’s special about a food forest?
- Consists mainly of perennials, does not require growing from seed each year
- Over time becomes more self-sustaining than a conventional garden, not requiring as much maintenance, weeding, and watering
- Incorporates native plants that have evolved to do well in our area and that benefit the ecosystem, supporting not just humans but birds, insects, and other wildlife
- Adds to and improves the soil over time, rather than depleting it
- Greens the community, adds diversity, captures carbon, and helps to mitigate climate change
A Food Forest can help address the issue of food insecurity. A food forest is a multi-year project, but once it matures and starts producing, it becomes a source of fresh fruit and veggies that is open and available to anyone in the community who wants to come in and harvest.
Where is it?
The Food Forest CW is located at the Sportsplex on Belsyde Ave in Fergus, next to the tennis courts and community gardens.
Please harvest only from the Food Forest area (Plot 23). The other, rectangular plots are private gardens.
Sharing the bounty is encouraged! Please harvest for your own needs while leaving some for others.
How can you get involved?
- Food Forest Centre Wellington fruitful with first harvest
- Neighbourwoods encourages greener Centre Wellington neighbourhoods
- Food Forest Centre Wellington breaks ground at pilot site in Fergus
- Group launches Earth Day resolution challenge
- First community garden on township land being installed at sportsplex
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- The Community Food Forest Handbook by C. Bukowski and J. Munsell
- Bringing Nature Home, and The Nature of Oaks, by Douglas Tallamy