Food forest offers hands-on education about food systems

Allayanna Darrow, August 13 20201 Medford Mail Tribune

ASHLAND — This autumn, a collaboration of the fifth-grade class at Bellview Elementary School, volunteers from the Bellview Grange and farmer Chris Hardy will plant a demonstration food forest on a quarter-acre plot between the school and Grange community center.

Fence and gate posts for the plot were slated for installation Saturday.

The food forest will include dozens of species of nut and fruit trees, shrubs, vines, tubers and root crops as a demonstration of the effectiveness of small-scale carbon sequestration and food system diversification, according to the Grange, and represents an evergreen project each fifth-grade class can hand to the next.


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