Joyce Hostyn and Dan Robinson dump a wheelbarrow full of wood chips during a special food forest planting project at the Lakeside Community Garden this past Saturday. (Meghan Balogh/The Whig-Standard/) On a blustery Saturday morning, 20 volunteers with spades, wheelbarrows and gardening tools at hand set out to plant a unique project in Kingston’s west end. Under the direction of local Master Gardener Joyce Hostyn, a newly planted food forest will begin to produce for community members next year. The food forest planting took place at the Lakeside Community Garden at the corner of Front and Days roads. “If you think about walking in a forest, what is a forest like?” Joyce Hostyn described. “It’s got layers of plants: tall trees, understory trees, it’s got shrubs, and it’s got a ground cover layer. A food forest is really the same thing: it’s modelled along the way a natural forest works but we’re planting edibles.” On Saturday, volunteers from the community garden, as well as from Queen’s University and the wider Kingston community, planted pear, plum, cherry and apple trees, blackcurrant, haskap, goji, arena and gooseberry bushes, grape vines, and nut trees. In mimicry of nature, the food forest will […]


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