12:30 – 1: 30 pm
What is a food forest?
A garden feeds the present. A food forest feeds the future.
Through our experience Tim Clemens and Ryan Seibold will discuss what food forests are, the benefits to the local environment and community, and how everyone, young and old, can connect with nature and be agents of change by participating in a local food forest effort or by creating one in their own community or backyard. We will show examples of other projects around the country and tell our story of how we are continually inspired by the landscape around us and what motivates us to continue expanding our knowledge-base of wild foods and relationship with plants.
Ironwood Foraging Co. was founded by Tim Clemens in 2017 to offer hands-on foraging workshops to the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.
Tim is the President of the Minnesota Mycological Society, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, and a Certified Wild Mushroom Expert. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota and a Certificate in Environmental Education from Cornell University.
Ryan Seibold is a collaborative artist and landscape designer. He is involved with projects related to public spaces, ecology, climate resilience, environmental justice and food systems. He is the founder of Hiawatha Food Forest, which introduced fruit and nut trees to Lake Hiawatha Park in Minneapolis, and partners with local foragers and urban agricultural projects. Most recently he has been involved with co-designing the Roosevelt Urban Farm garden expansion at Roosevelt High School with a team of talented and passionate educators and community leaders. Ryan has a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Minnesota and lives in south Minneapolis.