But earlier this year I got an email announcing that the food forest would be saved, and they could work with me for a completely new design in their great new location!
The space is a permaculture food forest, with multiple canopy layers, various crops and lower maintenance companion plantings. But instead of designing around a home or acreage, it is designed as part of an education center. The space is also home to an outdoor classroom, learning barn, natural playspace as well as different demonstration and conservation practices that can be replicated by businesses and residents.
Phase One of the installation was completed this Spring. The existing fruit and nut trees and shrubs from the old food forest were moved and pruned for health. A few trees had to be replaced, and a few new varieties were added as well. Many new companion crops and supporting plants were planted in the understory.
Students and faculty even had a volunteer day to help with the sheet mulching and spreading of wood chips.
Lastly the raised beds were built for the annual gardens, using upcycled garage door panels, reclaimed logs buried inside, and trimmed out with naturally weather-resistant cedar.
Summer growing photos!
Come visit the food forest on a guided tour this Tuesday!
Hosted by DMACC Sustainable Urban
Sep 24 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
1100 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
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