To translate words into deeds and be the change we want to see, Networklearning has started its own environmental project. It is located almost literally in our back-yard – on unused land bordering the foundation’s registered address in Schoorl, North Holland. So we are able to keep a good eye on developments!
Food Forest Schoorl
Together with other neighborhood volunteers, I am getting my hands nice and dirty as we work to transform this circa 2,000 m2 of ‘commons’, previously rather neglected by the local council, into a small ‘food forest’.
Creating a healthy and diverse edible landscape starts with restoring life in the soil. It involves reintroducing indigenous plants and trees, including fruits and vegetables which used to grow in this area before the advent of big supermarkets and standardisation. Mostly, these varieties are only recognized by the elderly villagers, for whom they evoke happy memories.
Already there are several kinds of ‘circular economies’ becoming established. There are flowering plants and other organic food sources which encourage bees, insects, birds and small animals to visit and settle. And among the community of people, there is a kitchen-to-table food circle, as left-overs serve as starters for making good compost, which will feed the soil and produce healthy vegetables and fruits.
We chose the symbol known as the ‘Fruit of Life’ to represent our project. This form represents the creation of natural abundance at a level beyond any particular human culture »
The project is thriving but we are not there yet. Using the principles of permaculture and fractal design, there is opportunity for increasing layers of richness and diversity. We want many more plants, insects and animals to be inspired to visit and live in this green place. So we aim to make sure everything is done to make them feel welcome.
We like and we share
Our Food Forest Schoorl community likes sharing their knowledge and abundance with young and old(er). If you are interested in our project, or living sustainably, we invite you to share experiences with us or visit the project. And if you happen to live locally, you’re most welcome to work with us!