Shrubs, flowers, and herbs, it may look like a typical garden but in fact, everything on these grounds are completely edible.
“The garden is filled with parenteral edibles so it’s a forest filled with food, we have pears, Asian pears, plums, peaches, rhubarb, asparagus, raspberries, so its filled with so much food but also functional plants so plants that are going to be fertilizer, pest control, pollinator all different types of plants that provide all the different functions that are necessary to feed and nourish a garden,” said Michelle Hickey, co-founder of The Resiliency Institute.
The Resiliency Institute created the garden on grounds that were once bare land at the Conservation Foundation’s McDonald Farm using a technique called permaculture.
“Permaculture is a design method it’s based on nature and it’s used for to create sustainable systems for daily living, land and community so it’s essentially setting up close lipped systems so that we are reducing waste and becoming more productive,” said Jodi Trendler, co-founder of The Resiliency Institute.
This food forest was made possible from the help of a $5,000 grant from Whole Foods Market in Naperville and a helping hand from dozens of volunteers.
And while Michelle and Jodi say they would like to keep the garden as full as possible, this space is open for the public to experience a new way to fight hunger and also to learn new techniques in growing their own food.
“Open your eyes, to kind of have everybody open their eyes and reconnect with nature, that’s what we’re all about here, reconnect with nature, reconnect with where your food comes from and think about how you can engage more with your community and bring that all together,” said Hickey.
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