Our local community group AMPY is working to establish a large-scale agroferestry project/nursery at Dawn Farm (just South of Ypsi). We are planting thousands of trees (100 of each when possible) to trail what works here in our local ecosystem. Each of these tree species is functional as either a food or material crop. We want to establish many jobs and small industries from our 'permaculture food forest' through education, demonstration, and research.
Long-term we will use this nuresry as means to reclaim and restore farm land across the county. We plan to entering into land-lease agreements with local farmers and bring annual farmland back into perennial production and restore fully functioning ecosystem services, like CO2 sequestration.
Funded by Ann Arbor, MI (May 2014)