Green River Swimming and Recreation Area, Greenfield
The Parks and Rec Dept. has agreed to discuss the opportunities for fruit tree and forest garden plantings at the popular Green River swimming area. There are large areas well suited to fruit and nut trees, with plenty of shorelines for pawpaws. This area also connects to the Franklin County Rail Trail bike path, which has plenty of planting potential as well. Stay tuned for news about this project!
'Brookie' Gateway Park Project, Greenfield
Greenfield mayor Bill Martin is helping create four small parks in Greenfield over the next four years, each one a 'gateway' to town along major roads from the four directions. A volunteer group is working with local artists to cast a bronze animal sculpture for each park. The first park, featuring a large brook trout sculpture, cast by local artist John Sendelbach, will be at the site of the old Food and Fuel gas station on 5&10 (Deerfield st.) Due to contamination of the soil, we're working on a pollinator habitat and wildlife forage hedgerow.
Wentworth Farms Conservation Land - Public Access Paw Paw Forest, Amherst
The Wentworth Farms conservation land runs along Route 9 in Amherst MA. It is a mix of meadow and wetlands, milkweed and calamus. Working with the Amherst Town Conservation Dept., the town Tree Warden, and ideally groups like Grow Food Amherst!, we'll be designing and planting a public access fruit and nut orchard along the property. Imagine, the country's first public paw-paw orchard!