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Bainbridge Food Forest

THIS PROJECT IS CURRENTLY IN THE CONCEPTION STAGES

The Bainbridge Food Forest (your new BFF!) is a thriving, diverse, and sustainable, edible ecosystem created by a joint venture between Friends of the Farms and Bainbridge Prepares. We build resilience in our community by leveraging regenerative farming practices to improve soils, protect watersheds and build habitats for native species. The BFF is a 13-acre public space and we invite you to come connect with, learn about and nurture the land with our many other volunteers and dedicated members.

While fostering the health of all species, the BFF is a:

  • Edible public park open to all ages and demographics

  • Community powered, co-created hub delivering hands-on experiences to grow ideas and inspire curiosity in children and adults

  • Living classroom and shared space to implement regenerative local food production and innovative concepts in habitat preservation and restoration

  • Sanctuary free for all to gather, nourish, explore, and share

  • Replicable model for year-round food security and equitable distribution of locally grown, nutritious, and fresh food

We envision:

  • Ever-evolving natural landscapes attractive to native plants, animals, and insects

  • A stream alive with salmon and trout

  • A place for recreation and reflection

  • A place to implement new ideas and technology for optimal land and water management

  • Networked leadership guiding community-driven programs, management, and maintenance

  • A source of local food to stock emergency preparedness hubs and local food banks

Our leadership team includes engaged (and fun-loving!) community members with backgrounds in farming, nonprofit project management, land use planning, human services, landscape design, natural resource management, education, and food forest design and maintenance.

Located on NE Lovgreen Road on the M&E public farmland

And we need your help! Email us at BFF@friendsofthefarms.org to learn more about how you can plug into this exciting project!

FOOD FOREST TEAM

Management
  • Alessandra Pistoia,
    Project Manager, Bainbridge Food Forest
  • Heather Burger,
    Executive Director, Friends of the Farms
  • Scott James,
    Founder and Board Chair, Bainbridge Prepares
  • Morgan Houk,
    Program Manager, Friends of the Farms
Leadership
  • Christian Berg
  • Hannah Blankenship
  • Heather Burger
  • Christy Carr
  • Mark Doucette
  • Becca Hanson
  • Morgan Houk
  • Scott James
  • Matt Kuntz
  • Russell Lawson
  • Stacy Lewars
  • Larry Loftgren
  • Alessandra Pistoia
  • Jeff Steele
Design Committee
  • Hannah Blankenship
  • Mark Doucette
  • Becca Hanson
  • Scott James
  • Matt Kuntz
  • Russell Lawson
  • Stacy Lewars
  • Bob Ross
  • Jeff Steele
Marketing Committee
  • Christy Carr
  • Erin Hill
  • Scott James
  • Tami Meader
Fundraising Committee
  • Heather Burger
  • Becca Hanson
  • Morgan Houk
Permitting and Regulatory Compliance Comittee
  • Christian Berg
  • Christy Carr
  • Larry Lofgren
Volunteer and Community Outreach Committee
  • Stacy Lewars
  • Bob Ross
  • Jeff Steele

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