Last year, with your help, we won a fruit tree orchard in the Edy’s Fruit Bar voting contest. The 45 apple, pear, plum and cherry trees we planted in June of 2011 will be added to this month (April 2012). Guilds, (AKA groups of mutually beneficial plants) will be planted around the trees along with swales which will help retain more water in the landscape to feed the trees as well as help reduce run off and evaporation. Within the next few years we will have a diverse system that will provide varieties of foods and medicinal plants. Some of the new foods to be highlighted in our food forest are blueberries, raspberries, apricots as well as perennial greens like asparagus, lambs quarter and wild lettuce. We are still seeking funding to complete this effort. How far we advance will depend on donations received in the coming months.