Washington 'edible landscape' installation successful
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.