Matt Bunch, of the Giving Grove discussed strategies for developing the newly acquired space north of the main garden. We are working to develop the lot into a low-maintenance sustainable food forest, having already begun removing the brush from the fallow land. Matt, having expertise in tree care and urban agriculture, sat down with us to discuss what types of fruit trees will suit our plan, what kind of ground plants help support them, and how to prepare the lot for young trees.
Steve Sackin is taking the lead on this project, and after much discussion, we have decided to spend the spring and summer preparing the space for saplings to be planted in the fall. In the meantime we are re-shaping the earth to help retain water, spreading nitrogen fixing clover, removing invasive overgrowth, etc.
Fruit trees are one of the few cultivated organisms that live on timescales longer than humans, so this is a long term project. We expect to install the trees in the fall, but the food forest will continue to grow in value for decades.