Colleen Connelly is nineteen years old and already in her third year running the Sunnyside Community Garden in West Bloomington. She co-founded the nonprofit to provide fresh produce to the West Bloomington community as part of an entrepreneurship program at Normal Community High School. She wants to provide a space for the community to actively learn about the food they are growing, as a way to work towards economic and environmental sustainability. Describing the garden as a food forest is part of sustainability planning, as food forests are designed to efficiently utilize existing natural landscapes. In other words, food forests are a way to garden that works with the land rather than against it.



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