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Food Forests Taking Root


The Lehigh Valley Food Forest aims to create a restorative ecologic plot focused on edible plants within the Lehigh Valley.  Food Forests aim to refashion park lands around the ideals of ecological preservation, education, community involvement, social and environmental justice, and citizen science.

The project wants procure a city park or area of land and begin planting edible native species within it. These edible plants will grow and be used by the community. A large part of the Lehigh Valley Food Forest is its emphasis on native species as opposed to invasive.

Andrew Kleiner, a graduate of the Environmental Science program at Muhlenberg College, saw what was happening in Seattle and other cities across the nation and decided to bring that idea to the Lehigh Valley. “There are few urban areas in the United States with the kinds of green space we have here in the Valley. It is a logical next step to restore the ecosystems in these green spaces where possible for the purposes of education, science, and community spirit — such development will likely also serve to benefit the local economy as a Food Forest becomes a destination for people to visit. ”

For more information or to get involved email the Lehigh Valley Food Forest at [email protected]

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