Food forest planted in Norfolk

December 27, 2017 by  

The Northside Civic League (NCL) has planted a food forest within the City of Norfolk.

The NCL has explained that the food forest is a garden that retains rainwater. The site for it is Mary Calcott Elementary School (MCES). Banner printing can often be useful when putting on local events like this.

Officials at the City of Norfolk have issued a statement to the media, saying:

“Initially, the multistory canopy will slow the rate at which rain reaches the ground and, secondly, the trees and shrubs will absorb 1,000 or more gallons of water per year. While rain retention is the primary goal, it is not the only selling point.”

The press statement confirmed that the garden should improve the aesthetics of the neighborhood. It will also make a contribution towards community engagement, while also boosting access to healthy produce and aiding education of food sustainability.

The NCL adopted a partnership model of working to make the project into a reality. It collaborated with the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE), the Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space, the Department of Public Works, and the Office of Resilience. These institutions gave practical assistance in relation to the design of the garden.

The project lead is Jen Stringer of the NCL. Volunteers can contact the organization if they would like to do their bit.