Cavanagh Food Forest

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DA LogoPetaluma | Community Powered Permaculture Landscape

426 8th St, Petaluma

Once a thirsty lawn, this 3,000 sq. ft. space now offers a beautiful, productive, abundant permaculture landscape – a “Food Forest” – that mimics nature and reduces water use onsite by 80%. Installed in 2009, over three days with the support of over 150 community volunteers, this edible oasis offers medicine, bears fruit, creates habitat, and offers insight on how to reconnect to nature, build community and thrive. This garden was created by first sheet mulching the existing lawn and digging swales and water retention ponds to help collect and keep water in the landscape and prevent runoff. In addition the site has two rain water catchment systems in place that feed the drip irrigation and offset water use throughout the summer months.

Plant List

A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.