James Landreth wrote:The goals are:
To feed people already living here
To feed livestock
To feed future refugees
Environmental reasons and roles (extra cherries and mulberries for birds, trees specific to bees, etc)
The majority of this is taking place on private homeowner land. Each congregation will develop a community food forest as well, but mostly as a place of learning and as a source of scionwood.
Mike Barkley wrote:I think food forests can help feed the masses. Even in a bad year it can help somewhat. The problem is there are roughly 330 million mouths to feed in this country alone. That would require a lot of acreage to truly solve the problem. Far more than the few acres here & there that some cities are throwing at it. It's excellent they are trying but it will need to be ramped up in a big way. Big ag & big consumer oriented business won't like that. Which, in my opinion, is a good enough reason to do it.
One point I really liked in the article was it mentioned they are trying to grow food within 1/2 mile of the 80% of the population in the food deserts that many big cities have. I think something close to that standard should be mandatory. It wouldn't hurt if the school systems taught kids how to grow food starting at an early age. Some people don't even understand that carrots & potatoes come from the soil. They really don't. I once had someone say "I live in a city, the environment is for people out in the country."
Kamaar Taliaferro wrote:James, I hope to hear more about your progress in your community.
Especially how you've assembled this coalition of public organizations with larger private citizens willing to make use of their properties.
How were those people with private land encouraged to start experimenting with growing food? Have you applied for any grants, if you have what's the process like? What's your plan for food distribution, storage and processing?
Wishing you tons of success from MA