City of Greenbelt Public Works, Camp Fire USA, Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek (CCRIC), CHEARS – Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society, Ancestral Knowledge, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust are all working together to help improve water quality in our local watershed and throughout the Chesapeake Bay region by establishing the Greenbelt Food Forest.
Phase I of the project consisted of rain garden installation and water quality monitoring workshops linked with a workday at Three Sisters Demonstration Garden. Our goal is to provide safe outdoor classroom spaces to be used for intergenerational education, eco-arts, food production and community gatherings.
The City of Greenbelt was founded on the concepts of community design & “green” planning, in which every acre is put to its best and most sustainable use. Permaculture and other best land management practices are now being formally established throughout the city.
A major focus of Permaculture is Forest Gardening, which looks at the ecological interactions of healthy forest systems and integrates those strategies into our own methods of food production, water capture & storage, development, and energy usage.