$1000 of Edible Fruit Trees, Berries, Veggies and Herbs for your neighborhood!
Who: You and your community…. CEL is going to select the most inspiring answer to the question: What is an edible community and what do you (all) want to do about it?
What: This is a competitive process. 2 winners will be announced by June 5th 2012. Package will include approximately 4 Fruit Trees, 4 Currants, 8 Blueberries, 5 canes of 4 different varieties of Raspberries, 10-15 varieties of herbs, 2 Kiwis, 4 Grapes.
Where: Your Neighborhood.
When: June 2012!
Why: See below.
Requirements (please address this in your letter):
- A representative from your neighborhood attend a 2-3 hour edible neighborhood workshop scheduled for May 19th.
- Geography is limited to communities in Central Puget Sound around Lake Washington.
- Plants will be transplanted at appropriate time of year.
- There is a planting and maintenance plan put in place to ensure the long-term health of the plants.
- Renters have authorization from the landlords who pledge to keep the perennial plants around.
- Authorization for CEL to use cuttings from plants for our nursery stock in perpetuity.
How to apply: Write a letter of introduction and answer the the question above. Have this signed by as many people in your neighborhood as possible. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st
Thinking Outside the Fence – Edible Neighborhoods (& Campuses)
Urban agriculture has become immensely popular and many people in Seattle are learning the joys of producing their own food. Why not combine your efforts with your neighbors and extend your growing area beyond your own lot? There are many benefits to cooperative growing, here are just a few:
- More Space/Scalability: Imagine being able to grow food throughout your neighborhood instead of just in your own small plot. Only 1 neighbor really needs Kiwi vines, and some sites are better suited for specific plants/plant communities.
- Cooperative Buying: Get discounts on gardening supplies by buying in bulk and sharing costs of materials, hauling, and labor.
- Built in Support Network: Going on vacation and need someone to look after your plants? Like to socialize while gardening and get your children involved? A community effort provides the support you need.
- More Opportunities and Micro climates: Maybe you don’t get much sun, but your neighbor might. Together you can harness the different resources that each person has.
- More Flowering Plants: With the entire neighborhood growing there will be more pollinators to help plants thrive and reproduce.