Bainbridge Island Native Food Forest
The Bainbridge Island Native Food Forest is a robust educational ecosystem restoration project in collaboration with Friends of the Farms, Bainbridge Prepares, and The Island School. We are building community resilience by eliminating invasive species and reestablishing native, primarily edible plants to benefit people, pollinators, wildlife, and the planet on 13-acres of publicly owned land. Following completion of a Master Plan in 2021, and with support from an EPA/IslandWood grant, over 5 acres of invasives have been cleared and 600 native plants established. This restoration is key to the health of Manzanita Creek, a potential salmon-bearing stream crossing the property, and one of the island’s largest aquifer recharge areas. Significant work still remains to transform the BINFF to the diverse, resilient ecosystem it has the potential to be, including restoration of native forest along the Manzanita ravine, maintenance for established trails for public enjoyment, and additional clearing of invasive species.