Check out our progress by going over to the site, or coming to join us on a weekend morning – either Saturday or Sunday: check the calendar!
Right by the Memorial Park picnic area, east of the baseball field and the batting cages and south of the general use park/dog park are two mulched beds which Transition Albany and people from the community are busy working to transform into an Edible Landscape, with the blessing of the City under the Friends of Albany Parks program.
Yes, you can imagine fruit trees, canes, vines, herbs, flowers that attract beneficial insects and pollinators, small fruits, beans, tomatoes, greens … in fact a veritable Food Forest! More to come on this concept, but for now let’s just say it’s low maintenance, high yield, and very good for the soil.
We meet every weekend to work on it. At present we’re finishing up a design based on the principles of permaculture to present to the City for their approval before we go ahead making paths that separate walkable areas from beds (a lot of people walk all over it at the moment, which doesn’t help with the compaction of the clay) and dealing with the large amount of water on the site with swales and berms.
We are very open to donations of plants (especially perennials), seeds, labor, useful materials that are looking for a good home (things vines can climb up, rotten wood for the swales, rounds of wood at least 1 foot long, broken concrete and other useful path materials like narrow rounds of wood, drain gravel and crushed granite for one of the paths), and money. In the main we would like to use materials that don’t have to be bought new, since that is the most duplicatable, cheapest and carries the lowest carbon footprint.
If you’d like to come down and check out the site, we’re usually there on weekend afternoons, mostly Sundays but sometimes Saturdays. Just check the calendar. The more people that help with this the more fun it will be. We need everyone from experts to total beginners, of every age, so come along down! We’ll also announce on the email list, the Yahoo group and our Facebook page when we’re ready to get to work with the digging and path making, and then … the planting.
Please join us.
HERE’S A REPORT AS OF APRIL 7, 2013 (more…)