Refuge Food Forest

Located in One Normal Plaza, the Town of Normal’s Food Forest was developed as a partnership between the Town and the University of Illinois Extension in spring 2015 and includes more than an acre of organic produce! What is a food forest? It’s a diverse planting of edible plants that mimic the ecosystems and patterns found in nature. Managed organically, the Town’s food forest has no synthetic chemicals. Rather, the site is managed by human ingenuity and manual labor. Since its planting, the food forest has produced many thousands of pounds of organic produce picked and eaten by visitors to the site.

This community space is open to the public, and any produce is free to take. If you are enjoying the Food Forest, consider volunteering your time with weeding or harvesting! All ages are welcome. You may discover new skills you never knew you had.

The food forest is also a great place to visit if you’re looking for a quiet place to sit among the poplars or if you’d like to see native birds and pollinators taking advantage of the prairie planting and mature trees. It’s also an excellent place for kids to play hide and seek along the mowed lanes!

For more information, contact the University of Illinois Extension at (309) 663-8306, visit their Facebook page or check out this great brochure.

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