Restoring the American Chestnut: Tree Planting & Fall Fundraiser 2016


Boston Food Forest Coalition’s Fall Reunionamerica-chestnut
Restoring the American Chestnut
Sunday, October 23rd, 3-5 pm
at the Boston Nature Center Food Forest
(500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan 02126)

FIND US OUTDOORS AT THE gazebo NEXT TO THE food forest AND community gardens

Please join the BFFC and share the bounty of this season's harvest while celebrating the planting of 3 American Chestnut trees in the Boston Nature Center Food Forest

Come and tour our food forest garden, learn tree planting techniques and benefits of companion plants that support the chestnut trees
Enjoy farm to table appetizers

Your support will enable the Boston Food Forest Coalition to create more forest gardens across Boston

Hope to see you on October 23rd!

Orion, Allison, Rachele, Utah, Dan, Lisa, Amirah, Emily, Kannan, Karen and the Boston Food Forest community

We appreciate whatever level your giving allows:

Thank you!

Hope to see you on October 23rd! – meanwhile here are:

Top 7 ways to get involved and support the Boston Food Forest Community

#1) Become a sustaining member of the Boston Food Forest Coalition

Our coalition is composed of neighbors and volunteers like yourself. We are launching our first ever membership drive and hope you will become a member.

An annual contribution of $40 (or whatever you can afford to give, all donations matter; please give $100 or more if you can afford to do so) makes you a “sustaining member” and we will mail you a membership card that entitles you to 10% discounts on gardening supplies and services at:

– ACE Hardware City (656 Centre St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

– Allandale Farm (259 Allandale Rd, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467)

– Arborway Tree Care (76 Stonley Road, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)

– City Farm Florist and Greenhouse (717 American Legion Hwy Roslindale, MA 02131)

– City Natives (30 Edgewater Drive, Mattapan, MA 02126)

– Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (500 Walk Hill St., Mattapan, MA 02126)

– Walk Hill Florist (335 Walk Hill St., Roslindale, MA 02131)

As we launch our membership drive this year, this first 100 new members will also receive a *FREE* Boston Food Forest t-shirt in the size of your choice (please specify when you donate). Without your support and engagement there would not be a Boston Food Forest Coalition. In addition to becoming a member and making a donation, there are many other ways to get involved (and don’t forget to sign up for updates!).

#2) Come out to work parties and workshops!

Get your hands dirty and learn new gardening, farming, beekeeping, and other skills at one of our bi-monthly work parties at our flagship educational site at Boston Nature Center.

#3) Attend events

Join us for potlucks, forums, harvest walks, and other food forest-related events—and spread the word to others about these events and the exciting “community of practice” that is sprouting around Boston! The Greater Boston Permaculture Guild, a Meetup hosted by BFFC, continues to grow with over 840 people and 341 past meetups!

#4) Launch a neighborhood Forest Garden

BFFC is composed of local neighbors in East Boston, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, Mattapan, and even the old West End. These neighbors came together around vacant lots or other community spaces to transform them into forest gardens with annual harvests. Find out more about how BFFC can support you and your neighbors, share lessons and meet others excited about bringing nature back to the city!

#5) Identify trees

Assist in identifying fruit and nut trees and shrubs. Help us find stewards to take care of existing trees and shrubs in the urban wilds throughout Boston!

#6) Outreach & Skillshare

Help us find and reach out to like-minded urban agriculture and permaculture organizations in the Boston area so that we can expand our network and include everyone that is energized by this work. Lead workshops and share your unique skills.

#7) Support

Whether you have extra seeds and plants to donate, have extra time to help work on our food forest site, or want to make a generous donation, we welcome your support! Donate here.

Our Wish List includes:

– long handle shovels with full spade heads

– metal rakes

– maddox, pick axe

– broadfork

– wheelbarrows

– rain barrels

– ADA accessible herb table

– gardening spades, gloves and other tools for weeding

– seaweed, granite dust, straw/hay, fresh grass clippings, wood chips, composted manure

– a working pickup truck

– a digital projector

– a drafting desk

– high quality illustration markers

– digital camera

Donations in kind such as help with:

– accounting help

– event planning / project support

– grant writing

– web/it support

– photography, blogging, social media support

– videography for kickstarter video

– just ask us, we'll probably put it to use!