Silvopasture Work Day
Do you have an interest in preserving our city’s natural spaces for future generations? Would you enjoy supporting a project that will directly impact thousands of school aged students this year? If so, look no further than GROW!
At GROW, we are building the city’s first permaculture park space. This means we are creating an urban farming space where woodlands are maximized, and food systems are integrated throughout the space we manage. It’s our goal to demonstrate sustainable urban food cultivation practices that maximize space, improve soils, and conserve resources such as water.
Silvopasture demonstration orchard at GROW! Our project site covers almost 14 acres. It contains open farmland, a lake (aquatic ecosystem), and two distinct pocket forests. We use permaculture as the overall land management philosophy for this project. Located on a 3-acre area of parks land adjacent to Two Rivers Middle School, the silvopasture demonstrates intensive orchard farming in which trees and animals are raised together in a beneficial relationship. Ultimately, this orchard will address a larger community need for food security. We are working with the faculty at the middle school to develop a farm-to-table program which would engage students in the care of trees, production of fruits and nuts, harvest, and distribution of produce through the school’s own food bank.
What volunteer’s will be doing:
- Spreading wood chip mulch, keeping grass and other vegetation away from trees, and Transplanting trees.
- Agroforestry and permaculture style farming techniques
- Learning about pruning and pest/disease management in the orchard
- Companion planting and planting for the benefit of native pollinators
- There is no running water or electricity at GROW. Volunteers should bring their own water bottles and charge their phones before arrival. Volunteers should also wear protective clothing appropriate for outdoor work including: pants to protect legs, closed-toed shoes, breathable layered shirts for comfort in outdoor weather and protection from sun/brambles/stinging insects.
- There is no shelter from severe weather at GROW. In the event of severe weather on a scheduled work day (lightning, impending severe thunderstorm, or tornado watch/advisory) this event will be cancelled.
ALL park visitors will benefit from increased access to sustainable food resources through the development of this public orchard. Also, the silvopasture ecosystem functions as an intensive ecology classroom for area students from April – October each year. On behalf of all of the visitors, we want to thank you for giving of your time to create this unique “community classroom” to ins to work, we can benefit both pire a love of nature in the next generation!
Age Minimum (with Adult): 1+, Minimum Age:18+
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