One of the reasons we created crone + forest was to plant trees. This thread by @BuildSoil helps to explain “why chestnuts”:
In my understanding chestnut trees can be implemented as a keystone species to build a community of species that form a food forest! A nutritious, low maintenance, grain replacement.
In December of 2020 I started this project with 2 lbs of chinese chestnuts that I planted in my apartment nursery.
In September of 2021 we planted out the trees at a site in West Baltimore, creating a harvest agreement with the residents and planning to care for the trees regularly.
In choosing a place to plant, the site we chose is part of an existing orchard, home to other fruit and nut trees. Some of the foods already growing on the site are: pears, apples, cherries, and heartnuts.
We love urban farming, it’s important to us to plant where we create a lasting impact in the places where people live. Even if the impact is just reducing the heat island effect it would be a success, but as the trees mature they’ll produce food that can support food sovereignty in Baltimore City and produce biomass to build soil!
Our volunteers really did a great job with the planting, staking, putting on the tree tubes, and mulching the trees. In just a few minutes they were pros!
This was the proudest accomplishment of my first year in farming. Moreso than a successful flower season, planting these trees proved that farming can be a support to food forestry.
I can’t wait to do more! Already a batch of pawpaw seeds are inching towards germination in the nursery.
Let’s grow more flowers and food together!