Keep up with our progress by going to the site. We are usually there on weekend mornings, either Saturday or Sunday. Check the calendar!
The City of Albany has given Transition Albany two mulched areas by the Snack Shack in Memorial Park on which to grow a permaculture “food forest” or edible garden. We have canvassed the neighbors and put out the word, and have about 40 people lined up to help in different ways. We meet most Sundays, 2 pm (some Saturdays – check the calendar) at the site. We’re about to finalize a vision and mission statement and come up with the first draft of a design for the plantings, paths, swales, berms, and methods to dissuade people from walking right across the soil, which is already extremely compacted and clay-ey.
We’ve taken soil samples (thank you, Ryan), measured contours on the very wet top portion (thank you Leonard), spent several afternoons at the site observing what goes on around there, come up with some good ideas (thank you Anna, Midori, Karen, Stephanie, Tina, Catherine and Marge), drawn up a beautiful version of the site plan complete with outside influences (thank you Bonnie), onto which we are superimposing our ideas for plantings.
After the design has been approved by the city, we will be doing some earth moving to make swales and berms to manage the excess water that sheets down the top portion, add good soil, and create paths. Planting follows!
Donations of food plants, trees, beneficial insect attracting plants, plants that enrich the soil, money, materials (including tree rounds, either long for barriers or flat for stepping on) and loving labor are all welcome at this stage. Perennials are especially welcome, so we can make this a low maintenance garden. We are very fortunate to have the support of Tony Wolcott, City Arborist.