Initiative will create a sustainable food source within urban landscape.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (October 9, 2019)
– The City of West Palm Beach will hold a hands-on planting event October 26th
to establish the city’s first food forest. “Food forests” are carefully planned and planted public areas that provide edible products for the surrounding community.
The event will happen in the Northwest neighborhood at 1400 Henrietta Ave., adjacent to Henrietta Bridge Farm, from 9 am to 12 pm. Henrietta Bridge Farm grows healthy vegetables for local businesses and residents.
“Food forests are growing in many communities across the nation,” said Michael Rittenhouse, Sustainability Program Coordinator for The City of West Palm Beach. “Well maintained spaces that provide fresh, nutritious foods are also a gathering place for education and socialization for those who live nearby.” The Food Forest at Henrietta Bridge Farm will also be a space for quarterly education programs and events.
The idea of a community food forest is not new. First launched in North Carolina in 1997, the number of food forests designed in public spaces grew to over 70 in 2018. West Palm Beach is perfect for such a program, since its climate offers a long, productive growing season.
“This ¼ acre area will be planted with mango, avocado, guava, sapote, and other types of fruit to be harvested and used by the residents who live nearby, which expands their fresh food choices.” said Rittenhouse.
“The Food Forest at Henrietta Bridge Farm is one of the many ways the City partners with the community to improve our neighborhoods,” said Mayor James. “Along with the benefit of healthy food comes the community teamwork and neighborhood pride a commonly cultivated area like this can bring.”
Volunteers are welcome to participate in this planting event. To learn more, please contact Michael Rittenhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of West Palm Beach has an ongoing goal of planting 10,000 trees around its neighborhoods by 2025. The program, which began in 2015, includes educational programs and scheduled giveaways of small trees that will contribute to the city’s tree canopy. Learn more about the program as well as review the City’s urban tree management program at http://www.wpb.org/10ktrees
For more information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit http://www.wpb.org
. To contact the City of West Palm Beach, please call (561) 822-1400 | TTY 800-955-8771.