1. More than a garden, a planting method that imitates nature and the natural relations between plants to minimize labor and resource inputs while maximizing outputs.
2. An EarthGenius program where students learn science while growing healthy food, taking care of themselves and the earth all at once.
Perennial, appropriate plantings minimize labor inputs. For instance, we are using fruit trees, grape vines, tree collards, and herbs that only need to be planted once but are productive for many years. Reducing maintenance tasks improves the usefulness of the garden to teachers and students as a learning tool.
Food Forests maximize food: yields increase as time goes on plants become more established. Native plants attract beneficial pollinators which make plants more fruitful. All this adds up to more food in the mouths of the youth who learn in and tend to the garden.
Selecting climate-appropriate plants (many of our plants are drought-tolerant, Mediterranean plants suitable for our Central Coast climate) uses less water. Beneficial insects attracted by native plants eat pests. Ground covers (low, spreading plants) prevent weeds.
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