We are SO excited to report we recently won the bid to lead the design of the largest municipally-supported Food Forest in the nation!
Our design team includes Clara Kwon of STAND Landscape Architecture and Tradd Cotter, Mycologist of Mushroom Mountain. The 8-acre site, in the Brown's Mill neighborhood of Intown Atlanta, is considered by the city to be located within a food desert- no access to fresh food within half a mile. The food forest will provide organically-grown nuts, fruits, berries, vegetables and medicinal herbs for local neighborhood residents. The space, when realized, will beautiful and educational park for the community and set a precedent for ecological design. This type of perennial, complex agriculture is the farm of the future; it is much more responsible and efficient with resources, creating a dynamic, long-lived food system.
The project is supported by the City of Atlanta in partnership with The Conservation Fund, USForest Service and National Parks Service. Community process has been underway for 6 months to discuss plants with local residents and garner feedback. Maintenance is of prime consideration in the early phases, and one primary idea is to train and hire community members to maintain, harvest and prepare the food and medicine.
Local community groups such as Herbalista Herb Bus, which provides education and herbal medicine support to communities around Atlanta, will be involved in education and helping maximize use of the plants.
We will present 2 initial concepts to the community at large Saturday July 27, 2017, with the final design to be presented at the end of September. A sneak preview of Concept 1 is below......