URBAN FOREST FARM


PURPOSE

Even small spaces have potential for tremendous impact. Our goal is to reintroduce native plant species that provide value in the form of nutrition, shade, healing, and beauty. Design in a way that maximizes inspiration while minimizing energy and resource input.

We want to learn and teach basic permaculture principles, traditional agriculture, design of communal space, and patience in planning.


PEOPLE


Leads
Neighborhood Cultivators
Cliff of Green Hand Initiative
Eric and Alex of Graft
Bridget of Garden Juju Collective


Special Thanks
Jesse of Starr Valley Farms
Marco of Great Lakes Deco Concete
Jacob and Dawn of Hope Church
Jim of Davey Tree
Erica and Alice of Organicalc
Mike and Andy of former Hamtown Farms
Michael, Amos, Samreen, Ashi, Salma, Maheen, Rayan, Fatimah, Tracy, Carson, Sal, Chris and all Volunteers

PLANT LIST


Ajuga
American Hazelnut
Arugula
Basil
Black-eyed Susan
Blackberry
Bugle Weed
Burdock
Celery
Clover
Coreopsis
Creeping Jenny
Creeping Thyme
Daylily
Dense Blazing Star
Dwarf Sunflower
Dyers Rocket
False Rhubarb
Fiddlehead Fern
Fragrant Plantain Lily


Garden Sage
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lilac
Maple
Mulberry
Nannyberry
Purple Coneflower
Raspberry
Red Clover
Rugosa Rose
Serviceberry
Smooth Pigweed
Sorrel
Strawberry
White Sage Brush
Wintersquash
Woodland Sage
Wooly Thyme
Yarrow

PROCESS

February 24

Our New Shed

After 4 break-ins to our tool shed, hopefully this box holds up better! It’s made trips in eastern Europe and all over South America. There’s even some Korean writing on the inside…if only walls could talk. Thanks to Dave from More Space Containers LLC for going above and beyond for us.

November 21
Playing ADAPT on the Garden Table

Playing ADAPT on the Garden Table

Shout out to Bridget of Resilient Spirals, who developed a one-of-a-kind card game called Adapt that guides players through an interactive process of designing the world of their dreams. We had laughed and had a great time while uncovering priorities and new ideas for our garden project.

November 19
Local business helps move some raised beds

Local business helps move some raised beds

Our new friend Marco from GreatLakesDecoConcrete.com spontaneously offered up tremendous community service. Word got around that we needed help moving around some heavy raised beds for the new garden layout. Thanks for your generosity and expertise Marco! Saved us time and our backs…

November 13

Building Winter Compost Bins

Huge thanks to Jesse from Starr Valley Farms for leading the build and workshop! The goal is for the neighborhood to continue feeding this custom vermicomposting bin (worm composting) all winter long, so black gold will be ready by spring.

October 28

Created a Garden Table Portal

As in-person classes are in flux, this custom garden table provides a simple way for youth to come into nature and back to learning. This was created from some salvaged material and with help of local artistry; it was a wonderful way for the community come together.

October 21

Hauling Some Donated Mulch

Thanks to Courage Church for the generous mulch donation and the neighborhood muscle. You can never have too much mulch!

September 12
Planting more Perennials

Planting more Perennials

Fiddlehead Ferns, Perennial Arugula and Celery, Serviceberry trees. Thanks to Mike for contributing your time, energy, and positivity on this awesome Saturday! We are a big step closer to the Permaculture Forest Farm…