Sunnyside Village is a cooperative suburban agrihood. Our intent is to produce some of what we eat on the site in our very large organic community garden or from nearby farms. An objective is to have at least one local dish at all shared meals. This could be something fresh from the garden (in adequate quantities to feed everyone present) or something preserved from our gardens or local farms. We expect to work together to do a LOT of food preservation to support this objective.
For this reason, we started the gardens first. We have created a system of 20 foot x 3 foot beds with layers of cardboard, green manure, brown manure and compost. The intent is that there be no more rototilling in the beds. The contents of the beds will be rotated each year. Biochar and worm casings will be added.
Favored crops the first year were tomatoes, onions, lettuce, kale, broccoli, cabbage, squash, and cucumbers. Crops like lettuce and kale can be grown year round in our climate, in a hoop house in the winter.
Our orchard contains apple, peach, cherry and paw paw trees at present. There are apple and plum trees left from previous land owners.
Our berry patch includes strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, goji berries and also rhubarb.