Sunday Aug 12 I attended the Food Art Fun: Art in the Food Forest event at the south end.
This was a great community gathering with lots of booths to buy crafts and foods, from Fry bread to biscotti.
I met a number of community organizers and the folks taking care of Nanaimo’s only food forest. Plantings include apple, fig and plum trees, a Medlar tree, currents and other berry varieties. The community is very passionate about the forest, which is the size of a very small lot. This is an example of community fundraising in partnership with city and developers.
Like everything new that is alive the food forest needs lots of TLC to get it to the point where it can be self-sustaining. This is where I think the city can be more of a partner than just loaning the land to the community association. Utilizing the expertise of our Parks Department to help provide some basic services to help the forest grow, along with the work the community association is doing, would go a long way to building capacity in the neighbourhood.
I would like to see more of this type of venture in other parts of the city, if local communities want help in setting one up.