Win Fast Forest

Planting of the Win Fast Forest will be on September 21st (rain date Sept. 22nd)

Win Fast Forest logo Grow Local for the Planet is partnering with Wright-Locke Farm to plant a “fast” forest at the farm.

Our goal is to restore a bit of Low Habitat Value agricultural wetlands by the farm’s pond to a High Habitat Value mature forest. We are using the “Miyawaki” method of forestation, which speeds up tree growth to one-third or less of the usual time. Creating ideal conditions for tree growth, and planting native species at high densities, means a forest in about 30 years instead of the expected 150.

A Fast Forest is 51 percent forest, 49 percent community. That is, most of the work is done by volunteers. Everyone is welcome at any step: donating, helping to plant baby trees, weeding and mulching the starting forest, or watching and measuring it as it grows.

WIN Fast Forest Presentation:
One baby chickadee “costs” 1000 caterpillars?!? What?! 

Watch this video and learn about the cost of chickadees (& other birds), why caterpillars rock, and why mature forests are crucial to the earth’s wellbeing.  Prassede Calabi (PhD) will discuss what forests have to do with food pyramids, why we all need to eat our ‘brights’ and how to keep those chickadees going.


Our list of native shrubs and trees (pdf) to be planted May 4th in the 5000 square foot wetland area at Wright-Locke Farm.

We will be planting 1200 plants and 39 native species (16 trees/23 shrubs)

What is a Miyawaki forest?
Watch this video to learn about a miyawaki forest planted in Cambridge MA.
Video by the Christian Science Monitor

The Fast Forest project is being planted here at Wright-Locke Farm Conservancy. It’s part of a global movement to restore forests as fast as possible. By supercharging the soil and planting native mature-forest species, we can grow New England forest in 20 years instead of the 150 years.

In fact, we expect the stick-like baby trees we plant on September 21st to be taller than any of us by the end of Year Two. And some will live for up to 500 and 600 years.