This Season Revive the Roots wants to plant an Edible Forest Garden at Smithfield High school. We have a spot, we have a plan, and we have official approval from the school committee to go ahead with the installation.
The Food Forest would be planted on a 42 x 100 ft. plot of open land right in front of the gymnasium wall facing the parking lot. This spot is one of the best ones on the school grounds because: it receives full sun and drains well, there is a nearby and unlimited water source, it will help to beautify the grounds, and it will be showcased to any and all passing through SHS.
Revive the Roots is a R.I. non-profit run by 5 directors, most of us graduated from SHS in 2008. We all carried a passion for learning about sustainability with us as we did our own things for a few years following graduation. We stayed pretty close all the while and in January of 2011 officially banded together, each with our own unique skill sets, and became Revive the Roots.
Permaculture is a set of principals and guidelines derived from observing natural ecosystems. By mimicking their physical and social structure and replacing typical species with analogs that are directly useful to humans, we can create a garden that is more than the sum of it's parts. We see Edible Forest Garden (perennial poly-cultures of mulch-purpose plants) as an ultimate manifestation of Permaculture. By utilizing Permaculture to create Edible Forest Gardens, we can create a system of food production that is largely self maintaining and self renewing!! What we are left with is a source of food that is LOCAL, FRESH, ORGANIC, and SUSTAINABLE! What could be Better than that??
Revive the Roots is as a proactive solution to address many of the challenges that face our generation and the ones to come.
Industrial agriculture has created a system of food production that people are both dependent on and completely detached from. It relies on cheap, finite, fossil fuels to synthesize fertilizers and pesticides and transport food all over the world, and we all know gas isn't getting any cheaper. This system is fragile and unreliable due to the threat of increasing fuel scarcity. It's not as cheap as it seems.
Industrial agriculture has also proven to inflict incredibly detrimental effects on the environment. Loss of Biodiversity, mass deforestation, soil degradation, and excessive pollution can all be connected to dangerous agricultural practices and are, among other factors, leading to global Climate change.
We believe that by creating a living example of community scale sustainable agriculture, we can begin to recreate a certain degree of local food self reliance and community resilience. By growing our food locally and in a way that works with nature, rather than against it, we can decrease our reliance on industrial agriculture and fossil fuels and begin living in a way that is less wasteful and damaging to the environment.
And so Mowry Gardens, the debut project of Revive the Roots was born. Now in our second year, we seek to expand our influence in time and space by planting Edible Forest Gardens on school grounds in order to help educate the next generation.
Part of the core mission of Revive the Roots is to make sustainability education not just available but personally engaging. Students, faculty, and community members can see the theory in practice and apply it to their lives as the concept of sustainable living goes viral. We are doing that by planting edible Forest Gardens at educational institutions while integrating accredited classes and programs into its creation.
Want to get involved?
Nothing that Revive the Roots has accomplished would have been possible without the abundant support volunteers and donors. Volunteers regularly donate their time in helping with the day to day projects of Revive the Roots. If you want to get your hands dirty and have some fun or learn a thing or two, contact us any time by phone or email. We need help on all fronts, including the installation of this Food Forest at Smithfield High School! Don't be shy!
We're also happy to accept any resource donations like compost, mulch, plants, or tools.
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