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Seeding a forest for eating in Clifton Park
Seeding a forest for eating in Clifton Park

Once it was a garden, then a bramble-choked thicket of invasive trees. And soon, Eric Kelly hopes, this plot in Clifton Park will become a forest full of edible plants — fruit trees, vegetables and tubers, berries and herbs. The project, known as the Baltimore Food Forest, is believed to be the first of its kind in the Baltimore area. When the plot is fully mature in about five years, visitors will be free to pluck peaches, apples, greens and medicinal plants. "There will be more food coming out of here than we'll know what to do with," said Kelly, who is a naturalist, master gardener and expert in permaculture — the science of creating sustainable...