[Plant List Below] In July 2023, we embarked on an ambitious project that transformed this yard into a thriving food forest wildlife habitat. The project aimed to produce food, provide habitat for wildlife, and offer educational opportunities for employees, clients, and neighbors. Through meticulous planning, design consultation, and dedicated effort with MESO, we successfully brought their vision to life. Let's delve into the journey of this inspiring project.
The journey began with a comprehensive design consultation between PDX UG and MESO. During this process, the desired design elements, color schemes, and the inclusion of edible and wildlife components were carefully considered. This collaboration ensured that the final project aligned with the client's objectives and created a harmonious ecosystem.
Once the design and bid to install the project were approved, the groundbreaking process commenced. The yard had previously been covered with landscaping fabric and a thin layer of mulch. The first step was to remove the mulch and landscaping fabric, preparing the ground for the transformation. The planting areas were amended with nutrient-rich compost to provide an ideal foundation for plant growth.
To ensure the success of the food forest, an automated irrigation system was designed and installed. This system was meticulously planned to provide adequate water to all the designated planting areas. The careful selection and sourcing of appropriate plant materials and other elements, such as vertical trellises, landscape edging, and water baths, contributed to the functionality and aesthetic appeal of the habitat.
To enhance the visitor's experience, the project included a gravel pathway that meandered through the garden. Along this path, plant signs were installed to identify and educate visitors about each plant species. These educational features not only provided valuable information but also fostered a deeper appreciation for the interconnectedness of nature.
With the completion of the project, MESO's next step is to seek certification from the Backyard Habitat program. This certification will validate the habitat's contribution to local wildlife and provide recognition for the organization's dedication to sustainable practices. We will also implement a quarterly maintenance schedule to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the food forest wildlife habitat.
The food forest wildlife habitat created for Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon exemplifies the power of collaboration, thoughtful design, and dedicated effort. Completed in July 2023, this project not only produces food and provides wildlife habitat but also serves as an educational space for employees, clients, and neighbors. Through initiatives like these, we can build sustainable ecosystems that benefit both humans and the environment. MESO's food forest wildlife habitat stands as a testament to their commitment to creating a greener and more vibrant world.
Plant List: Elderberry, Echinacea, Snowberry, Douglas Spirea, Sword Fern, Passion Flower, Lavender, Red Flowering Currant, Maidenhair Fern, Monkey Flower, Huckleberry, Bee Balm, Dahlia, Indian Blanket Flower, Tall Oregon Grape, Blackcap Raspberry, Star Jasmine, Giant Hyssop, Goldenrod, Showy Milkweed, Yarrow, Giant Camas.