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Here's what others are saying about the Food Forest:
From Javonda Knight 11/19/11
Lindsey Brooks 9/29/11
Florida Gulf Coast’s food forest is a great way to band together our
community while still giving back to the earth. The ways that we prepared the soil, installed irrigation, and preventative measures for weeds shows how the sustainability of the food forest will be maintained. The fact that all of our hard work will pay off and bear numerous fruiting and native plants is amazing to me! Not many college students can say they have a fresh garden at their school where they can pick the fresh fruit and vegetables. I feel like more people need to pay attention to how we treat our earth because if not one day it may not be able to keep giving back to us the way it does now. The food forest is a prime example how with a lot of hard work and using the earth’s resources can allow the fertile soil to give back to us. I hope future students and club members can maintain this food forest for years to come and express to future students the importance of taking care of the earth!
Kelli Harris 9/29/11
The Food Forest is a garden that was created to teach students about sustainability, and about caring for the earth. Working in the garden gives you a new respect for the food that you eat, and a new perspective on the environment. In Colloquium, we've learned about sustainability, a 'sense of place', and ecological perspectives. By helping grow different crops, such as sugarcane and bananas, we are helping create a system of sustainability. With the right care and effort, the student body will have a garden that they can harvest fresh fruit and vegetables each year.
Learning about the different plants that will be grown in the garden, such as bamboo, the climbing aster, and sunshine mimosa, gives you a connection to the Food Forest. By learning about them as you
care for them, you develop affection for them, and feel connected to them. You gain a new perspective of respect for the garden, and the fruits that it bears.