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Clifford Park Food Forest Project



Resilient Hartford, a town commission of volunteers committed to making Hartford a more resilient community, is working with the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department on a plan to develop a portion of Clifford Park into a food resource for neighbors of the park and Hartford residents. Two local soil/permaculture consultants, Cat Buxton and Karen Ganey have been hired to assist Resilient Hartford in developing a design for the food forest, conduct community workshops and guide a community process to make this town food resource a reality.  The project will be phased and take a few years to complete.  Community input is vital to the success of the project.  Resilient Hartford is seeking volunteers to work on the design, build soil, select plants, and plant and maintain the food forest.  We hope you will consider getting involved.   


Please contact Hartford Town Planner Matt Osborn if you would like to be involved.


(802) 478-1118


Clifford Park is located at 100 Recreation Drive in West Hartford.



Quechee Times article about the food forest 





Phase 2 Fall Planting

Saturday, October 16th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon


Phase 1 Tree Planting

Saturday, September 18th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon.


We planted plum trees, butternuts, burr oaks, basswood, and chestnuts.


Link to other photos from the tree planting day


And more photos from that day








This is a rough map of what is planted where, just by eye, no exact measurements.



Community Presentation

On Thursday, September 9th, there was a presentation and discussion about the Clifford Park Food Forest with consultant Karen Ganey of Permaculture Solutions. 


Here are the slides that went along with Karen's presentation.


Here is the recording of the presentation on YouTube.


Using this website


The Side Bar on the right has links to presentations, slides, meeting minutes, etc. 

Use the links below or the Navigator on the right to go to different pages.

The team pages should have information about the different aspects of the project.


Resilient Hartford Sub-Committee      

Ground Team       Design Team      Action Team       Fundraising Team




How the area looked in July

What's growing there now?




Rough Timeline

Year 1

May - Formed steering committee, began creating teams, Intro presentation

June - Workshop #1, Workshop #2, more people joining teams, thinking about design

July - Workshop #3, design (at least the bed layout), materials collection for building soil, soil building once design is approved

August 25th - Resilient Hartford Meeting - finalizing details of the planting plan, sourcing trees and necessary materials etc. 
September 9th - Community Meeting Presentation & Discussion (Spread the Word!)
September 18th - Planting Work Party




Community Orchard 

Collaborative Growing Spaces 

Free Food

Place-Based Education



Flood & Drought Resilience

Community-scale Organics Management



Community Input So Far

  • a fabulous idea and will bring the community together; 

  • pocket parks could be scattered along the trails; 

  • quiet places, trails, benches etc could easily be integrated into the forest or orchard; 

  • organic/biodynamic food-growing areas for town food are imperative for public health and local resilience; 

  • all trees are fruit bearing and there are gardens in all available locations;  

  • I think the whole park should be planted to perennial crops for all to harvest;

before planting gardens, assure the soil is safe; 

a herd of goats to use for ‘mowing’-- goats could be housed in a barn at one of the parks;

important to have native trees;

  • alternative methods using vertical gardens and magnetic energy in small spaces to provide more food than a conventional garden (at innovation.com); 

  • community composting 

  • organized and professional town garden/farm, with real infrastructure and employees;

  • it’s a brilliant use of space, will help with food security, and build community; 

  • maximizing the amount of food is a good idea: drop apples are good for cider and all drop fruit is good feed for pigs, chickens and cows; 

  • designing food producing areas into our parks would have great nutritional, environmental, social and economic benefits; 

  • GREAT ideas around food!; community composting; 

  • Play spaces, multi-use, classes, educational workshops, concerts   

















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