A food forest will be added as a feature to an existing community garden in Meridian, MS, USA.
A local sustainablity group, Go Green Meridian, has requested for a food forest to be designed and installed as a part of their Community Garden in Meridian, MS, which is in the USDA Hardiness Zone 8a.
The area for the food forest is 45' by 25'.
Many wild animals are native to the area. However, the urban location keeps their browsing down to a minimum. Heavy human traffic in the area is also a deterrent.
There are a few acres of nearby forest with a mix of coniferous and decidous trees. A deed reveen is nearby.
The site has full access to day-long sun.
The site is already home to an established, fenced, community garden. The food forest will be placed to the south of this area. The community garden is not just a place to produce food, but is an educational area where school groups and adults alike gather to learn more about producing food, nature in general, and other sustainability topics. The food forest will expand the teachings of the community garden.
Go Green Meridian has access to more land around the area and expantion for the food forest may take place over time.
There are some concerns with how quickly we can take up the space that the native grass is already occuping to make sure that we can compete with it next season.
The humidity of this location limits the viable fruiting tree options.
The heat in this location also restricts us from growing certain varieties.
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