Monday, March 18, 2013

A visit to the "Edible Plant Project"

A few weeks ago Rachel and I finally visited the Edible Plant Project in Gainesville. I'd been meaning to go since I first heard about them and just never had the time... or I'd forget... or I'd be washing my hair or something.

Anyhow, we finally made it - and enjoyed the experience immensely.

The Edible Plant Project is a non-profit organization that exists to grow food-bearing plants that can be sold inexpensively or given away to the needy. They've gathered together an impressive variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals for our region.

Since they're all volunteer-run, their prices are really impressive. Most of the trees and shrubs are only $4 each. And if you volunteer - they'll let you earn 'em by your own labor, no money required.

They're as nerdy as I am about plants; if you go, don't expect to get a glorious vision of their lofty goals presented to you. Instead, you'll likely get a chance to try some exotic fruits... pot up some cuttings... and learn the Latin names of a few species you've only seen in international cookbooks.

Here's their website if you'd like more info:

By the way - thanks for the pictures goes to Brian, one of the volunteers, who let me borrow his iPad and take a few shots.

If you're looking for a place to begin a food forest... an edible landscaping project... or a journey into the wild world of local food, start with the EPP. They're doing good work.

Incidentally... I just planted one of their "6th Street Mulberries" (which came from a cutting off a highly productive tree on 6th street in Gainesville) and one of their Cattley guavas down in the Great South Florida Food Forest Project. More on that soon.

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At March 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

How neat is that? Why hasn't my son,a Florida grad.,told me about such a place?He just goes on and on about the butterfly gardens.I must have a conversation with him. Thanks for the info!

At March 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

It's definitely worth checking out.

You know... the main problems I have with butterfly gardens are:

A: Many of the caterpillars are poisonous.
B: It's hard to gather enough of the non-poisonous caterpillars to make a good meal.

And as for eating the butterflies... forget it. Too papery.

At March 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Ten at Eat Your Sands said...

holy carp! the next time i am in north florida i'm going to have to stop by here. $4 fruit trees?! what?

At March 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM , Blogger Cumulative Intelligence said...

What a great project!


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