Washington 'edible landscape' installation successful

By Jennifer Allenwood | Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood Freshly planted and labeled rhubarb and lovage now decorate the landscape at the Washington Fire Pond.

Washington — A small group of community members gathered at the Fire Pond across from the Washington Town Office Sunday, June 8 to begin the town's first public garden to provide free food.

Project organizer David Spahr is passionate about nutrition and gardening and wanted to combine the two and provide people a place to get native and low-maintenance food that was not sprayed with pesticides or any other chemicals.

"The idea here is for this to be a place where people can come and get good nutritious food, have a good time — maybe sit on a park bench and look at the pond and eat a fresh peach," he said.

His vision is for people to learn how to grow their own food and be less reliant on government-subsidized crops. "Things like wheat and rice are cheap, so many people buy them but they don't provide the nutrition that you need," Spahr said.

The crew of about a dozen people planted many different edibles including American Chestnut, peaches, plums, dahlias, and Shagbark Hickory, just to name a few.

According to Spahr, the berries will be ready to eat as early as next year, peaches in two to three years, and chestnuts in five to six years.

Wayne Barrett, left, and Dianne Peasley are hard at work at the Washington Fire Pond edible landscape installation Sunday, June 8. (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
This is one of six peach trees planted around the Washington Fire Pond. (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
Jamie Waines digs up a spot for a peach tree as part of the edible landscape project at the Washington Fire Pond Sunday, June 8. (Photo by: Jennifer Allenwood)
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Jennifer Allenwood is a senior Journalism student at the University of Maine in Orono.

She will be putting her passion for writing and love of photography to use while interning for Courier Publications.

After graduation she wishes to write for a publication or work in public relations.

She lives in Waldo, Maine and enjoys boating and snowboarding with her family in her spare time.

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