Planting a Food Forest
Saturday, 9 October, 2010 - 09:00 - 12:00
A 350.org Work Party hosted by Transition OKC, Mustard Seed Development Corporation, the Office of Sustainability of the City of OKC, and the Hope Crossing Sustainable Sites Project.
This event is free and open to the public but please register by emailing and letting know you'll be attending. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
After we do the planting anyone who wants is welcome to bring a brown bag lunch and we'll eat together, chat, and bask in the glow of the fun work we've just done.
What is a food forest and what does “planting a food forest” entail?
A food forest is a complete, productive, abundant, organic ecosystem of food-bearing trees and plants which requires very little maintenance. It attracts pollinators and decomposers, enriches soil, and uses water efficiently. We will be using the principles of Permaculture design to plant fruit and nut-bearing trees and shrubs so the forest will mimic nature and be as self-sufficient as possible.
The food forest will be a model that can be copied by many community members in their own yards and gardens. The maturing forest will help enhance food security and increase community resiliency for all area residents by providing annual crops of fruits and nuts. The trees will pull carbon dioxide out of the air and sequester it for decades or longer. Increased tree cover will combat the heat-island effect of the urban environment. Deep-rooted plants will help water infiltrate more deeply, thus recharging the aquifer. A food forest can be planted anywhere -- school, church, business, or in your own back and front yard.
Transition OKC is working with the Mustard Seed Development Corporation in the Britton area of Oklahoma City to develop this multi-phased Permaculture project to serve as a model and inspiration for surrounding neighborhoods. The 10/10/10 work party (which will actually take place on Saturday, 10/9/10) is serving as a first step in a more comprehensive plan and project to come. Rain date: to be determined.
Event Website: http://www.goinglocalokc.org
How to Get Involved Planning the Event: Email us at email@example.com and tell us you'd like to help with the event. Thanks!
Event Host: Transition OKC is a catalyst for a transition to thriving localized communities meeting their needs in a resilient, healthy and sustainable way. To this end we focus on grassroots community engagement for the purpose of helping people prepare for the changes associated with volatile energy supplies and prices, economic uncertainty, and climate change. While educating about the need for transitioning away from fossil-fuel dependency, we also use the Transition model of engagement, working directly with the public to raise awareness about these intertwining issues, and empowering groups, neighborhoods, businesses, schools, churches and individuals to create their own vision of the future and Transition plan by harnessing the creativity within their own community. We are a program of Sustainable OKC, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Transition OKC website: www.goinglocalokc.org. Sustainable OKC website: www.sustainableokc.org.