Author Topic: My city may let us put a food forest on one of their lots!!! Michigan  (Read 570 times)

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I floated the idea of planting a food forest on one of the cities empty meadows that gets almost 0 use.
The people I talked to in planning, and the city maintenance department LOVE the idea, and are running with it.

They are asking me to put together a proposal for the city council meeting on Monday.

I have ZERO experience in designing a permaculture food forest. (they said just take a satellite picture and draw a bunch of xxxxx on it to symbolize trees, and we can work out the detailed planning after official permission is granted)

Is there anyone in the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Kzoo, Battle Creek area that would like to use the city lot as their PDC Design submission?

Or if anyone is in the area, I can show you the space and if you want to help, you are welcome to give input on the project.
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Right now I have the city maintenance department willing to mow a few walking paths through the area. There is a park nearby, so they are right there anyway.

The space is by Bliss Niagra Clearing in Hastings, MI about 50 feet in from the Thornapple river.

As it stands right now, if I don't get anyone to help, I will be cramming as much info into my brain and planting a bunch of stuff and hoping it survives. (I'm hoping someone in the area wants PDC design credit)
If not, there are some landscapers that work for the city that are excited to help, and they will know placement better than I will.


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How exciting ! If you cant find help, just do what you can with the literature.
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How exciting ! If you cant find help, just do what you can with the literature.

Thanks!
I was surprised that people at the city would be excited for this.
The guy in charge of "City planning and development" said he should have any problem getting this pushed through. He is sure the city council will be excited to do it also.

Lots of "artsy" types here in Hastings. Hopefully that helps.

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Here is what I tossed together to drop off at the city. This probably isn't the final proposal, and if we get the go ahead, it will most likely change.



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I saw your walnut.  Be careful where you place that - it will kill just about everything around it, and its leaves will poison the compost it joins.
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I saw your walnut.  Be careful where you place that - it will kill just about everything around it, and its leaves will poison the compost it joins.
ya, I kind of wanted it out of the way. I may see if I can smuggle a couple walnut plantings outside the main forest.

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Well, the city said YES!!

I officially have permanent sis on to install a food forest on city property. ;D

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I bet if you reach out to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, they would have some referrals for a permaculturalist.  And I bet one or more would be willing to do some volunteer work for some advertisement.

http://www.cedarcreekinstitute.org/

There seems to be an active and recently started permaculture site on a church lot in Kalamazoo.  Perhaps you could reach out and pick their brains a bit.
http://www.vankalpermaculture.org/large-garden-space-available-in-kalamazoo/

Maybe even better, contact Western Michigan's Gibbs House.  There may be students looking for a project. 
http://www.wmich.edu/sustainability/projects/gibbs/food-forest
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I bet if you reach out to Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, they would have some referrals for a permaculturalist.  And I bet one or more would be willing to do some volunteer work for some advertisement.

http://www.cedarcreekinstitute.org/

There seems to be an active and recently started permaculture site on a church lot in Kalamazoo.  Perhaps you could reach out and pick their brains a bit.
http://www.vankalpermaculture.org/large-garden-space-available-in-kalamazoo/

Maybe even better, contact Western Michigan's Gibbs House.  There may be students looking for a project. 
http://www.wmich.edu/sustainability/projects/gibbs/food-forest

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Made a facebook page for info. It doesn't have anything yet really. Just a couple "Before" pics from my camera phone.
https://www.facebook.com/Hastings-Food-Forest-130367374193291/?fref=ts