Lawns-to-Food: Centennial Park ‘Food Forest’ garden

January 05, 2010
Josh Petray
Pasa Robles Press
Liberty High School [LHS] students and the class of John Semenick recently joined the handful of volunteers that got their hands dirty preparing the first phase of a "Food Forest" project dubbed Lawn-to-Garden at Centennial Park in last December. Located in a now fenced off section of the Centennial Park lawn and approved by the Paso Robles City Council in Fall 2009 under a one-year contract agreement with a group known as Transition Towns Paso Robles Food Group, the 3,500 square-foot piece of soon-to-be-transformed lawn, located in front of the Centennial Park Community Center, is coming to shape with new fencing installed and the first step under way in creating the garden by letting its grass die with the placement of large squares of cardboard and mulch. Recently, volunteers had the opportunity to participate in hands-on teamwork converting approximately 1,000 square-feet, or roughly one-third of the lawn, to fertile soil by creating mulching layers, "much like the process of putting together lasagna," according to organizers. full article

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