Thank you all of the people that came today…sorry we didnt print enough fliers… here is a digital version is at the bottom of the page
Why do we have a Food Forest…
The earthquakes throughout 2010-11 caused the govt declaring some residential areas unsuitable for continued occupation and subsequently made voluntary offers to purchase the properties. In this area there 575 residential properties that were govt owned
The community was asked what could be done with all of this land.
One of the most popular suggestions was to use the land for food forest/community garden, fruit and nut trees in public spaces, a place that enables enjoyable family leisure activities.
WDC approached Brent to gather together a group to design and manage the food forest. From there a Trust was formed and a licence to occupy was agreed.
To start things off, 17 trees were moved from surrounding Red Zone properties …trees that feed a family now feed a community
What is a food forest.
Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables.
Forests exist fine on their own. There’s no mowing, weeding, spraying, or digging required. No pesticides, fertilisers, herbicides or nasty chemicals. No work and no people either. They somehow do very well.
By understanding how forests grow and sustain themselves without human intervention, we can learn from Nature, copy the systems and patterns to model our own forests — ones filled with trees and plants that produce food we can eat. We can design and construct the most sustainable food production systems possible; perfected, refined and cared for by Mother Nature herself.