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www.greenbeltfoodforest.com Springhill Lake         6101 Cherrywood LaneRecreation Center        Greenbelt, MD 20770      ...
Planting Service Days Saturday,             Saturday,October 20            November 10    National Public Lands Day     Sa...
The GFF is an experiment in designing and plantingnative edible trees, shrubs, vines, ground cover, and fungi…            ...
Phase II of the Greenbelt Food Forest                           Project was all about TAKING ACTION.University of Maryland...
The City of Greenbelt Public Works and CHEARS received grants from the    Chesapeake Bay Trust to increase the tree canopy...
18 students served 10 hours of service as part of a University of Maryland   course they took through the Integrated Life ...
Before planting trees and berry shrubs in the GreenbeltFood Forest, a soil test was done by A&E labs to assess        the ...
Fall is also a good time to transplant                                         smaller trees such as this “Chicago” fig.Fi...
CHEARS key volunteers visited Adkins Arboretum to buy native rain garden plants for Phase I of the project…               ...
Part of learning the importance of trees is understanding  the beneficial impacts trees have on water systems. Here, UMD I...
Aside from monitoring the water quality, studentspulled out garbage in and around the Indian Creek.
Our generation, like every other  generation before us, has the responsibility of stewardship to  Earth. In order to susta...
Kristen Wharton, 2012-2013Volunteer Maryland Coordinator withCHEARS and Greenbelt Public Works, created an interactive des...
Lance and Lindy, residents ofFranklin Park Apartments plant     a service berry bush.
Kim shows ILS student, Chris, the proper  depth for planting a cranberry bush.
Getting ready to plant anAmerican Persimmon, a nativefruiting tree in the Mid-Atlantic
Lesley Riddle, Assistant Director of GreenbeltPublic Works, identifies a June Beetle for us,    Phyllophaga Coleoptera Sca...
While working in the gardens,we even found a hibernating frog!
Once planted, about 2 inches of wood mulchis laid around the trees and shrubs to prevent       grass from growing over the...
To protect new tree saplings, we guard them  from predators with mesh tree shelters.
Planting high-bush blueberry shrubs requires acidic soil conditions…                                              …so we u...
Cardboard is a good mulchmaterial because it helps to keep unwanted grasses from taking    over the garden space.        B...
Since cardboard is an available and biodegradable waste product, it has been used every year in the gardens to    keep the...
We also used it inside the 4x4 boxesbefore filling them up with compost.
Lesley Riddle and Mayor Judith Davis  joined us during the service days.   With permission from the Greenbelt City Council...
Once the beds were winterized, theywere ready for us to plant hard-necked  garlic cloves, “Gary’s Amish Red.”
When we try to solve problems without education, ignorance prevents us from understanding one other, which in turn creates...
Kim showed us how to transplant raspberries.
The cardinal directions are painted on four barrelsat the Springhill Lake Garden Outdoor Classroom to     help locate Nort...
We dug a mote for the berries, creating a quarter-circle   perimeter to give the garden a circular shape…                 ...
The students and community  volunteers planted 3 American  Persimmon trees, 6 high-bushblueberries, 6 service berries, and...
Joe Murray of Ancestral Knowledge showed us somebackyard edibles that can be found right here in Greenbelt.
We played games to learn howeven the smallest of our actionsaffect the natural environment…                               ...
In this game, students attempt to make no noise    so that they can retrieve their blindfolds.
Without the sense of sight, we learned to rely on sound,intuition and feeling to identify each other by moving slowly...  ...
Learning to feel the Earth and tread lightly on the planet
At the CHEARS restoration site we planted trees as well as other plants to help beautify the park and provide a positive e...
As our plants grow, they will increase the                         urban tree canopy in Greenbelt and help to             ...
Together with Public Works, University of Maryland, and the community,CHEARS has been able to lay the foundation for the G...
The most critical issue of our generation, therefore, is to restore the health of our community, and our environment. With...
Thanks to all of our partners and   volunteers - we couldn’t have       done it without you! Keep up with our progress on ...
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Greenbelt Food Forest Phase II Photo Journal

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A photographic journal celebrating the progress made in Fall 2012 at the joint Springhill Lake Garden Outdoor Classroom and Greenbelt Food Forest sites.

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Greenbelt Food Forest Phase II Photo Journal

  1. 1. www.greenbeltfoodforest.com Springhill Lake 6101 Cherrywood LaneRecreation Center Greenbelt, MD 20770 Phase II Photo Journal
  2. 2. Planting Service Days Saturday, Saturday,October 20 November 10 National Public Lands Day Saturday, September 29
  3. 3. The GFF is an experiment in designing and plantingnative edible trees, shrubs, vines, ground cover, and fungi… …to use as a demonstration and educational site to increase biodiversity in forest systems and in our communities.
  4. 4. Phase II of the Greenbelt Food Forest Project was all about TAKING ACTION.University of Maryland Integrated Life Science students filling our 14 gardenboxes with compost – over 250 square feet of growing space for 2013 crops!
  5. 5. The City of Greenbelt Public Works and CHEARS received grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to increase the tree canopy in Greenbelt. Mulching to prepare for Spring with cardboard and wood chips. “Many hands make light work!”
  6. 6. 18 students served 10 hours of service as part of a University of Maryland course they took through the Integrated Life Sciences (ILS) program.
  7. 7. Before planting trees and berry shrubs in the GreenbeltFood Forest, a soil test was done by A&E labs to assess the need for amendments to the area.
  8. 8. Fall is also a good time to transplant smaller trees such as this “Chicago” fig.Filling up boxes and spreading compost
  9. 9. CHEARS key volunteers visited Adkins Arboretum to buy native rain garden plants for Phase I of the project… …and purchased native trees and shrubs from Slyvan Native Nursery for Phase II.
  10. 10. Part of learning the importance of trees is understanding the beneficial impacts trees have on water systems. Here, UMD ILS service learning students are exposed to the basics of water quality monitoring, looking at turbidity, dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, and observation of the environment around Indian Creek.
  11. 11. Aside from monitoring the water quality, studentspulled out garbage in and around the Indian Creek.
  12. 12. Our generation, like every other generation before us, has the responsibility of stewardship to Earth. In order to sustain the planet for future generations, people need to take their resources into their own hands, and do as much as theycan to reduce corporate holdingson their food and water supplies. ~ Luke, UMD ILS
  13. 13. Kristen Wharton, 2012-2013Volunteer Maryland Coordinator withCHEARS and Greenbelt Public Works, created an interactive design for the planting service days.
  14. 14. Lance and Lindy, residents ofFranklin Park Apartments plant a service berry bush.
  15. 15. Kim shows ILS student, Chris, the proper depth for planting a cranberry bush.
  16. 16. Getting ready to plant anAmerican Persimmon, a nativefruiting tree in the Mid-Atlantic
  17. 17. Lesley Riddle, Assistant Director of GreenbeltPublic Works, identifies a June Beetle for us, Phyllophaga Coleoptera Scaraeidae.
  18. 18. While working in the gardens,we even found a hibernating frog!
  19. 19. Once planted, about 2 inches of wood mulchis laid around the trees and shrubs to prevent grass from growing over the base.
  20. 20. To protect new tree saplings, we guard them from predators with mesh tree shelters.
  21. 21. Planting high-bush blueberry shrubs requires acidic soil conditions… …so we used a handful of soil sulfur and mulched with pine straw to give them a good start.
  22. 22. Cardboard is a good mulchmaterial because it helps to keep unwanted grasses from taking over the garden space. Before laying down the cardboard, plastic tape was peeled off since it’s not biodegradable.
  23. 23. Since cardboard is an available and biodegradable waste product, it has been used every year in the gardens to keep the grasses from growing on the pathways.
  24. 24. We also used it inside the 4x4 boxesbefore filling them up with compost.
  25. 25. Lesley Riddle and Mayor Judith Davis joined us during the service days. With permission from the Greenbelt City Council and support from the Department of Public Works, CHEARSfacilitates the GFF project and Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens on city property with the community.
  26. 26. Once the beds were winterized, theywere ready for us to plant hard-necked garlic cloves, “Gary’s Amish Red.”
  27. 27. When we try to solve problems without education, ignorance prevents us from understanding one other, which in turn creates conflict. This will not only delaythe creation of a solution but cause even more problems if the conflict becomes fierce enough. ~ Patrick, UMD ILS
  28. 28. Kim showed us how to transplant raspberries.
  29. 29. The cardinal directions are painted on four barrelsat the Springhill Lake Garden Outdoor Classroom to help locate North, South, East, and West. We use these identifiers to guide our site assessment and planting schedule.
  30. 30. We dug a mote for the berries, creating a quarter-circle perimeter to give the garden a circular shape… …and more raspberries to eat in the Spring!
  31. 31. The students and community volunteers planted 3 American Persimmon trees, 6 high-bushblueberries, 6 service berries, and6 American High-Bush Cranbrries.
  32. 32. Joe Murray of Ancestral Knowledge showed us somebackyard edibles that can be found right here in Greenbelt.
  33. 33. We played games to learn howeven the smallest of our actionsaffect the natural environment… …even hearing how much sound we make with our ears plugged.
  34. 34. In this game, students attempt to make no noise so that they can retrieve their blindfolds.
  35. 35. Without the sense of sight, we learned to rely on sound,intuition and feeling to identify each other by moving slowly... …without rustling too many leaves!
  36. 36. Learning to feel the Earth and tread lightly on the planet
  37. 37. At the CHEARS restoration site we planted trees as well as other plants to help beautify the park and provide a positive environmental impact. By reducing pollution and providing a nicer place for the citizen’s of Greenbelt to live we helped make a positive impact on the community. We made the city of Greenbelt more environmentally friendly and provided a beautiful place for the citizens of Greenbelt to spend free time. ~ Matthew, UMD ILS
  38. 38. As our plants grow, they will increase the urban tree canopy in Greenbelt and help to reduce stormwater runoff into Indian Creek.They will also provide nutrients to humans and wildlife, and become self-fertilizing for seeding more trees and shrubs.
  39. 39. Together with Public Works, University of Maryland, and the community,CHEARS has been able to lay the foundation for the Greenbelt Food Forest.
  40. 40. The most critical issue of our generation, therefore, is to restore the health of our community, and our environment. With CHEARS, we’ve already taken the first steps. By working on local projects, CHEARS is targeting the health of both nature and community, and bringing the goals of environmental health restoration to a local level, thus bringing together the community as well. ~ Meghna, UMD ILS
  41. 41. Thanks to all of our partners and volunteers - we couldn’t have done it without you! Keep up with our progress on our website: www.greenbeltfoodforest.com Are you interested in sharing your personal passion in Bay-friendly gardening practices? Kristen will be collecting applications andconducting interviews to guide new volunteers in contributing to our outdoor classroom spaces. Contact her at kristen@chears.org A special thank you to our friends and neighbors in Greenbelt! Thank You!

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