Winchell Neighborhood Public Forest Garden Project

Site of the future WInchell Food Forest Garden

Site of the future WInchell Food Forest Garden and community center.

There is is! A blank canvass, the prepared site for the new Winchell Food Forest Garden at the Disciples of Christ Church, waiting for us to begin the transformation.

So, if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to start a forest garden from scratch, now’s the time to get involved in this great project, that will act as a source of free food for community members, natural habitat for wildlife, and a library of food-producing plants for local gardeners.

An especially interesting feature of this project is that it is a “mostly natives” garden, with a high percentage of edible native plants.

So, please check out the project on Facebook to keep track of the latest happenings:

And come get involved!


Starting a forest garden!

Coming soon: a Kalamazoo
on Winchell Avenue!

Envision a beautiful landscape where you’ve experienced the restorative power of nature and felt its healing touch. Now, imagine that all of the plants around you are edible or medicinal, and this beautiful, utilitarian landscape is part of your community. Not only that, this is no pampered garden, demanding to be tilled, weeded and watered. It’s an ecosystem, where weeding, watering, and other work are done for us by nature.

This is the vision of a “food forest garden,” and we want such a treasure to be part of Kalamazoo.

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

~Bill Mollison

Who are we? Volunteers affiliated with the Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Climate Change Coalition Food Group, devoted to creating more vibrant, healthier neighborhoods and communities. The congregation and the minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Winchell community have kindly offered the Church’s 4 ½ acres of land for us to use for our first project … together we can ultimately transform much of that land into gardens and recreation areas for the people of Kalamazoo.

Getting involved is a great way to connect with nature, learn about food forest gardening and “Permaculture.”

Michael Hoag

Our Mission: To stimulate and support the development of a regenerative local food web that is resilient to climate change, providing healthy nourishment and food sovereignty for the Kalamazoo community, and inspirational as a model for other communities, while enhancing the health of the cultural and natural ecosystems we interact with and depend upon.

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