experimentation & Growth

food Forest & Nursery

An Intense Polyculture

Food Forest and Nursery

The Food Forest at KWWF is a site of ongoing experimentation and growth, an intense polyculture of native and non-native trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials, annuals, and “weeds”. The plant nursery will supply plant seedlings for the food forest at KWWF, NEO Earth Restoration projects, and more.

we began with swales

In the spring of 2019 we dug the first swales for our Food Forest, also known as a Forest Garden, on a site that had been prepared by six hogs that had worked the soil the previous year. 

fruits, nuts, and more

We planted it with an assortment of fruit and nut trees and shrubs, such as hazelnuts, black and red currant, gooseberries, elderberry, Nanking and Cornelian Cherry, American Plum, quince, honey berry, paw paw, chestnuts, strawberries, garlic, asparagus, and support plants like comfrey, sunchokes, senna, and many more.

wandering is encouraged

As the plantings develop, community members may wander through harvesting food, medicine, herbs, and flowers while learning about native and beneficial plants, and enjoying the many birds, insects, and amphibians that are drawn to this flourishing micro-ecosystem.