On Saturday, October 25th about 20 permies came together for a permablitz in Bonita Springs just around the corner from our previous one. We started out the morning with an explanation of the importance and dynamics of food forestry before we started digging in. Over the course of a few hours, we established a small food forest complete with “fedge” or food-producing hedge made up of native cocoplum and tasty Surinam cherries; groundcovers like perennial peanut; climbers like dragonfruit to creep up the boundary walls and trees; and of course, various fruit trees like mulberry and fig. We also did some intricate plantings of herbaceous edibles like Okinawa spinach, cranberry hibiscus, and ginger under an existing pair of mature fruit trees. Once we were all good and sweaty, the owner of this new food forest, Dr. Hamici, showed up with heaps of food for us all to fill our bellies with. It was a beautiful day of making new friends, playing in the dirt, and being the change we wish to see in our community. Here are some photos for your viewing pleasure:
Staging of the future food forest and mulched beds.
Permablitz in full swing.
Permies on the left discussing the optimal space to plant some perennial peanut (Arachis glabrata).
Permies on the move!
Wetting down the cardboard layer before we put down the compost layer.
And now comes the compost layer.
All done with the compost layer.
Finally, we start laying down the mulch.
All done with the mulch layer.
Now its time to water everything in, and have a bit more fun!
Thanks to all the guild members who made it out! You're all truly amazing people. And thank you to Dr. Hamici for being such a gracious host.