The Edible Landscape Project
The Design: Public Practice course is an advanced design course, in which students immerse themselves in the New London community to aid in combating a specific social issue. For the 2017 course, students worked closely with community partners, Spark Makerspace and Fresh New London, to redesign underutilized lots in New London in order to expand the edible landscape. Together as a class, the Public Practice team created mood boards and floor plans for the McDonald Park site as well as designed logos and screen printed merchandise for Fresh New London to sell. I then worked closely with designer, Alexandra Kruck, to create a floor plan and proposal for the Old Mill site. For the final community engagement project, Alexandra and I wanted to encourage the community to create edible gardens in their own backyards. At the final pop up exhibition, informational cards, seeds, seedlings, and seed bombs created with the Fresh New London Youth Group were provided to visitors. Finally, Alexandra and I designed the documentation booklet for the whole Public Practice team.