A Growing Future Garden
Food Forest Keepers: Cassandra
A resident of Suisun City for over 21 years, passionate about growing food and healthy eating, demonstration food forest keeper, Cassandra, was looking to replace her lawn with a more sustainable landscape that her family could eat from. This led to her apply to have her yard converted into a steady, water-retaining food source that would not only increase resilience, but catch the attention of lawn owners in her neighborhood and others driving by. “This project will help secure a source of local food for my family with a surplus to share with the community”, Cassandra said.
Cassandra and her family join a growing family of “food forest keepers” in Solano County that have committed to opening their demonstration food forest gardens for the public to learn about simple sustainable landscape techniques and ways to use water more wisely to grow food.
Her yard was selected among four other Suisun City homeowner applicants. The selection process for these sites are based on criteria such as yard access, greywater feasibility and sun orientation. Sites are assessed and selected by Sustainable Solano’s Sustainable Landscaping Advisory Board made up of dedicated Solano County residents aiming to raise sustainability awareness in Solano County.
900 square feet
Number of Swales:
Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater System
Roofwater Diverted to Swales
Total annual water impact: 80,175
Bearss Lime, Cherry, Honeycrisp apple, Nagami kumquat, Meyer lemon
Blueberry, California Lilac, Lavender, Mexican Bush Sage, Raspberry, Rosemary
Artichoke, Basil, Bee balm, Chard, Chocolate mint, Comfrey, Hibiscus, Holy basil, Oregano, Penstemon, Scabious, Tarragon, Tree collards
Nasturtium, Pot marigold, Strawberry, Thyme
Beets, Sunchokes, Turnip
Black-eyed Susan Vine, Tomato
Vision for the Future:
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