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 students from the WISE Academy at Windsor High School. The food forest was designed by Erik Ohlsen of Permaculture Artisans.
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.
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.
A landscape that once relied on a significant amount of water for summer irrigation now gets by with much less, saving over 60,000 gallons per year. 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.
A printable plant list is available to download for this garden.
Town of Windsor Free Home Water Assessment
The Town of Windsor is offering FREE home water use assessments that review indoor and outdoor water use. Staff will review indoor water using appliances, check plumbing fixtures for leaks, measure the flow rates of all showerheads and faucets, and check toilet flush volumes. The outdoor checkup will include an inspection of the irrigation controller, an audit of irrigation hardware, and a check for leaks and broken sprinklers. Staff will prepare a report of findings regarding current water use and make recommendations to the residential customer with regard to increasing water use efficiency. If current fixtures are not low flow, free showerheads and faucet aerators will be provided. Educational materials and information on water conservation rebates and incentives will also be included in the follow-up report. To schedule an appointment fill out the online sign up form or call (707) 547-1909.