We are creating two neighborhood micro-nurseries to raise plants that will be shared with neighbors for years to come. This is part of our 'Edible 'Hood' program which is dedicated to creating a food oasis in our socio-economically diverse neighborhood.
NOTE: The video featured was used for the Pollination Project for a related effort. Read on...
We recently received $1000 from the Pollination Project to purchase, share, and plant tree guilds in our neighborhood this coming spring. These first two nurseries are the second phase and natural outgrowth of that gift which will allow us to raise diverse plants including production (fruit and nut) trees, nitrogen fixers, medicinals, insectories, and nutrient accumulators right in our neighborhood. Over time, as we select seed and raise the best specimens, these plants will be uniquely adapted to our neighborhood's environment.
Each year we will be able to harvest trees to give away to neighbors thus creating a neighborhood-scale food forest as well as fostering personal relationships, the glue of community. Furthermore, as our nursery and food forest grow and thrive at our urban permaculture homestead, it will serve as a great teaching tool and model for what is possible for others' homes. Little by little, guild by guild, over years to come, we will share plants and permaculture with a diverse urban population.
One nursery will go in our backyard, the other three houses down. With two sites so close together we'll be able to closely monitor and manage the nurseries. The second nursery will be in the tender care of Roberto and Sandra (both experienced gardeners from Guatemala) and their amazing 13-year old son, Jose (who loves to garden and grow trees from seed and pick fruit from trees he's scouted out on his bike and help us dig potatoes...did I mention he's just 13!). Together we'll be on our way to creating a more food, habitat, and friendship-rich neighborhood.
Both nurseries can be started for a total of $400. If we raise more than that, we will purchase more bare root plants to give us a head-start on growth. Monies raised will be used for seeds, bare-root plants, and high-efficiency drip irrigation equipment.
The perk we're offering is the children's book, 'Snakes Wear Socks', written by us and published in 2012 by Martin Pearl Publishers. It's a good book - entertaining with great illustrations and well-loved by many a 3-8 year old. It's never to early to get a great gift for a future birthday or even Christmas! Each copy will be signed by the authors and a personalized note can be had if desired.
'>Be The Change Project is an urban homestead and learning center dedicated to service and simplicity and rooted in Integral Nonviolence. BTC was inspired by the Possibility Alliance in Missouri and was one of Mother Earth News' Homesteads of the Year in 2013. They operate on the gift economy and their homestead, within view of the neon lights of downtown Reno, is electricity, fossil-fuel, and car free.