Fort Lewis College graduate leads effort on planting food forests

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Fort Lewis College graduate leads effort on planting food forests

Agricultural model improves soil, captures carbon

Fort Lewis College graduate leads effort on planting food forests

Keaton Brown, a Fort Lewis College student volunteer, helps to dig a swale with others on Thursday. Swales are trenches that help retain water. A food forest of fruit trees, vegetables and shrubs will be planted around the swale on County Road 205 next to Turtle Lake Community Farm. Food forests mimic systems in nature.
Duke Jackson is coordinating the Fort Lewis College food forest and helping to plant one next to the Turtle Lake Community Farm. Faith Mewmaw, 16, an Animas High School student, and some of her classmates helped dig a swale on Thursday. The students were helping on the farm as part of Osprey Week. During this week, students choose an array of activities to participate in.
Animas High School students from left, Kate Zarlingo, 15, Jaden Fox, Clara Wolf, 14, and Susan Baker, 14, use wheelbarrows to haul mulch to the banks of a swale on Thursday. The swale is a trench that was dug in anticipation of a food forest, which will be planted next to Turtle Lake Community Farm on County Road 205.
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