Foodscaping at its Finest.
Walking down the street and spotting an empty lot of weeds, Patricia saw nothing but potential, especially when she meet Giancarlo Muscardini, the site neighbor and permaculture expert. This project has been a full collaboration with Giancarlo Muscardini and Patricia Algara. In the last four years, this vacant lot has been transformed into a vibrant foodscape with two thriving bee hives, mushroom towers, and fruit trees. The garden also serves as a base for teaching permaculture classes, and has been used to host seasonal harvest lunches. Patricia popularized the word Foodscaping to describe the art of combining landscape architecture with agriculture.
The Algarden is part of a much greater fabric of values: localizing food production, cultivating a closer connection to our environment through the food that we eat, and teaching folks about permaculture and organic farming methods. The Algarden is truly a collaborative process: neighbors on the east own the land, neighbors on the west share water, and each month friends gather for a garden work party to pool efforts and reap the fruits of their labor.
Visit the Foodscaping blog to see what is happening at the Algarden:
Year Built: 2008
Location: Berkeley, California