A Food Forest is a self-sustaining community garden. The greenhouse development mentioned above will allow for plants to be properly grown in their infant stage, and then transferred to an outdoor area when large enough, where they will continue to grow with other edible crops. Creating a food forest will ensure that community members have consistent access to healthy and sustainable food in their community, helping to counter the effects that COVID has had on the community in addition to carefully planning for food sustainability for years to come. A fully developed Food Forest can produce three to ten pounds of food per square foot.
We are currently in the process of determining the best location for food forests within the communities involved in Project One Circle. In consideration are empty housing development areas and unused Nation land. The communities themselves will be instrumental in selecting the final locations.
The development of multiple food forests across several nations will result in a positive ecological impact while also helping to improve the health of community members and provide a more affordable and accessible source of fresh fruits and vegetables. Food forests are also a way of establishing food sovereignty. They help pollinators and wildlife, they reduce the carbon footprint, and they are beautiful natural spaces that can be used as picnic, dog walking, and hiking areas. The green spaces that will be created will be a focus of community pride, which will help enhance and activate spaces that provide critical ecological services for stronger, more resilient communities.