COGdesign volunteers Trevor Smith and Marie Macchiarolo have completed two-phase plans for The Food Project for a community garden in vacant lot at 25-27 Folsom Street, Dorchester. The designs support human and environmental health, providing areas to grow foods, accessible paths and raised beds, capping for contaminated urban soil, and porous pavement to let stormwater soak into the earth instead of running off-site into storm drains. There is also space for a future rain garden on the site along Folsom Street, althought hat garden is not included in current plans.
The Phase 1 plans include ten raised beds at different heights that accommodate gardeners with limited mobility, a “strawberry slide” for play, a shady gathering place, and porous pavement (Gravelpave) that can support wheelchairs and walkers while letting rainwater seep into the soil.
Phase 2 plans call for adding 28 more small beds, suitable for children or busy adults, as well as raspberries, elderberries (Sambucus canadensis)
The Food Project is planning a construction day for April School Vacation week. Stay tuned for pictures from this exciting project!