What holds some 500 species, sequesters 500 pounds of CO2/year, is 10°F cooler than its surroundings, soaks up lots of rainwater, and is created by children and their elders in spaces no bigger than a tennis court? A “mini-forest” planted using the Miyawaki Method, of course! After a couple of years of as-needed weeding and watering, these nascent forests form a canopy and
— like any other healthy ecosystem — become self-sufficient.We’ll discuss what a mini-forest is, what it can do for your neighborhood, how to plant one, and why people all over the world are organizing their communities to plant mini-forests in the small spaces around where they live and work.
Hannah Lewis is the author of Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rewild the World, published in June 2022 by Chelsea Green; a French translation of the book was released in January 2023 by Editions Eyrolles in France. Hannah has an MS in Sustainable Agriculture
and Sociology from Iowa State University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College. She lives in Minneapolis, where she works for the non-profit Renewing the Countryside to build sustainable local and regional food systems and plant mini-forests.
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