Eco-Friendly Garden Tour – Robbins Park Food Forest

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Daily ActsCommunity Space Showcasing Permaculture Design Principles

This garden is featured in the Daily Acts Rockin’ Homestead Tour.

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The Robbins Park Food Forest is a volunteer powered community demonstration garden that serves as an example of permaculture landscape design principles that can be applied at your home. Created through a partnership between Daily Acts and the Town of Windsor, Robbins Park Food Forest was installed with the help of community volunteers and the students from the WISE Academy at Windsor High School. The food forest was designed by Eric Olsen of Permaculture Artisans.

At maturity, this urban garden will mimic many of the self-sustaining natural elements found in healthy forest plant communities, lessening the reliance on external resources like commercial fertilizers and pest control products to maintain soil fertility and plant health.

Formerly planted as lawn, this underutilized area of the park was rejuvenated to feature numerous edible fruit trees, berries, herbs, and medicinal plants, providing food and habitat for people, beneficial insects, and urban wildlife.

A landscape that once relied on a significant amount of water for summer irrigation now gets by with much less. Rainfall that used to flow quickly off the landscape to storm drains now flows slowly through constructed bioswales, improving water infiltration into the soil.

Do you want to add color, fragrance, food, and vibrant life to your home’s outdoor environment? Come see and learn what’s possible at the Robbins Park Food Forest.

Town of Windsor Water Efficient Landscapes Program

Windsor trans pngThe Town of Windsor is offering rebates for the removal of turf grass or for the purchase of lawn sprinkler equipment upgrades that improve the efficiency of your existing irrigation system. Raising your system efficiency reduces both the cost and the amount of water needed to maintain a healthy landscape. You can save even more water and money by replacing your turf and lawn sprinkler system with drought tolerant plants watered by a drip irrigation system, or by replacing your lawn with mulch, landscape rock, or other permeable landscape materials. Further information is available here.