Seth Speaks Supportively!:
(MONDAY, MAY 19th UPDATE)
Thank you for sharing and donating!
We are amazed and humbled by the generous support that this project has received in the past 12 days. We've reached our goal with time to spare! Lately we've been working out the details of how we can best use additional donated funds, and how we could do something cool for everybody in return. So, without further ado:
We are partnering with Seth Bernard to put on a free community walking concert parade on the TART/Leelanau Trail with stops to tour the forest gardens if we reach $5000 in donations!
Yep, you read right: a moving concert with local musical wizard, community resilience activist and all-around wonderful fellow Seth Bernard. When else will you be able to listen to awesome live music while you stroll along the trail through the woods? Bring something to hold up if you want (then it's a parade!). Date TBA.
Other Bonus Rewards: if we receive $5000, there will be other bonus gifts for everyone who has donated at the levels of $50 and more:
- $50: receive a second seed pod
$100: receive one free blueberry plant (3-4 years old)
- $250: receive three free blueberry plants (3-4 year-old)
- $500: receive $50 in plants and we'll design a site for you if you're local
- $1000: receive $100 in plants and we'll design a site for you if you're local
We've decided that, in the following order, any additional funds will:
1. Purchase older plants that will bear faster. Help cut some years off the wait for our first snack.
2. Enhance our site designs to have more plants. New designs are on the way, and will be posted as soon as possible.
3. Plant edibles at some other sites along the trail. We are already working with TART to identify other locations for edibles, and a couple look promising. Once goals 1 and 2 are satisfactorily covered, all additional funds with go towards other sites. Sites and designs to be posted ASAP.
We're pumped about the potential for creating an event that may be called the Public Perennial Polyculture Parade. People, thank you!
Free Public Perennial Food
Help plant some of the first public food forests—a human designed edible ecosystem—in Michigan. Wild blueberries, plums, apples, saskatoons, persimmons, gooseberries and much more will be in ready reach of hikers and bikers on the TART trail. This campaign is raising $3000 to support two food forests along the Leelanau trail, about two miles northwest of Traverse City. One is at the Leelanau Conservancy's DeYoung Farm and Natural Area, and the other is across from the Orchard Creek apartments next to Realeyes Homestead.
Any funds raised over our goal will go towards the expansion of the project along the trail. The TART Trails network is 60 miles long!
We are a group of people that came together last year with the goal of creating public edible ecosystems along the TART Trail network in Northwest Lower Michigan. Our community collective is ever-expanding, and includes a knowledgable and experienced backbone of permaculture designers and farmers, landscape designers, and edible native perennial plant experts. The visionary and inspiring folks at ISLAND are our non-profit partners and fiduciaries, and for this they will receive our eternal thanks!
Reimagining public spaces, reconnecting with our food source, and healing our ecosystem.
We are convinced that we can do better with our public spaces. What good are our shared landscapes if they are not either supporting people or supporting a healthy ecosystem? These edible landscapes will do both. We are inspired by the sustainable use of land by indigenous cultures around the world, and by a new wave of public perennial food projects in our country like the Beacon Food Forest in Seattle.
The site designs emphasize edible native perennial plants that benefit our region's flora and fauna. By fostering beneficial plant relationships, we aim to create resilient systems and minimize human maintenance needs. For example, we are dotting these landscapes with nitrogen-fixing perennial plants that will continuously fertilize the soil for the surrounding plants.
Plants will be labelled, providing ongoing educational opportunities for trail users, and we will provide educational materials as well. Lots of kids grow up thinking that their food only comes from the grocery store. When you look at our public landscapes, full of grass and a few types of trees, it's no wonder.
With a successful campaign, we'll be preparing the sites and building soil this spring, and will plant in early fall. We'll keep all donators updated with an e-newsletter for volunteer days!
We'll need $3000 for:
- a whole lot of plants and seeds
- "gator" watering bags, tree tubes, and shrub guards to help ensure survival
- educational signage
- water and fuel costs
If you can't donate, please help spread the word for us! An amazing gift would be donating and spreading the word.
- TBAISD Americorps VISTA program: Jonathan Aylward, glue guy
- Perennial Harvest: Stuart Campbell,
- Healing Tree Farm: Samantha and Christopher Graves
- ISLAND: Brad and Amanda Kik, non-profit partners and fiduciary
- LastLeaves.org: videography
- SEEDS Americorps VISTA program: Juliana Lisuk
- Realeyes Homestead: Levi Meeuwenberg
Thanks to the following people for fostering connections and boosting creativity:
Another big thank you to Oliver Asselin and Possible.org for allowing use of their beautiful food forest and foraging images. Check out their upcoming documentary The Permaculture Orchard: Beyond Organic