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Food Forest Cerreto
Food Forest Cerreto
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Rocca di Varsi, Varsi, Parma, IT
Climate zone:
Cool Temperate

ALP TURAN Vera Kozak Wen Rolland
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Food Forest Cerreto

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Community, Demonstration

Project Summary

Creating a Food Forest, mostly comprising of endemic species, on a field of around 1/2 hectare. Over many decades, the land has been used for the sole purpose of growing straw to feed livestock. Today, the aim is to restore the land's ability to absorb and store water through a system of swales and ponds, and to be a self-maintaining, abundant source of food and spring water for the local community and the generations to come :)

Project Description

The project started around March 2019. After marking the swales with a wooden home-made A-frame we dug 3 swales (around 2m wide, 44m long and 0.50m deep). We have seeded the swale with Buckwheat, Lupin, Clover, Vetch, Chicory, Mustard, Pea, Mixed beans and Daikon seeds. And in November/December we have plant more than 60 endemic fruit trees and around 80 supporting species including: elderberry, broom box, coronilla, golden chain, judas tree, willow etc. We keep on planting all winter and we look forward to sea the buds opening up in the spring :)


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