Goals for 2015 Growing Season in the Food Forest

Now that the snow has melted and we can actually see the earth again, we are gearing up for a productive growing season at our BNC site and within our organization. We wanted to update you on some of the new growth that is afoot!

We have set an ambitious goal for this season: to grow a ton (literally) of food on our BNC site. We want to show that permaculture methods are not only sustainable but also highly productive. To reach this goal, we plan to build 20 “hugelkultur” raised beds at several of our upcoming work parties. Individuals or small groups will take on responsibility for growing one or several types of food in each bed. At the end of the season, we'll have a harvest festival, where we'll give out awards for biggest, best looking, and most delicious crops, just like at a country fair. We'll also have some more permaculture-specific awards, like “water saver”, “guild builder”, and “wildlife feeder”. We're calling it the Team Ton Challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. Come to an upcoming work party to find out more!

Speaking of work parties, here are a few pictures from our first one of the season, on April 4th:


Finally, we're excited to be partnering with the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course that is being run here in Boston this spring by Portland's Resilience Hub. The course has chosen our BNC site as their “client”, and they will be helping us to plan and execute more permanent design elements, including thinking about where to plant the many fruit trees that we plan to add to the site this season.

We look forward to connecting and working with you as this season unfolds!