YSU students plant food forest on Youngstown’s south side

Students and Youngstown Food Forest personnel planted 87 berry bushes on Hillman Street

YSU students plant food forest on Youngstown's south side

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown State University’s Environmental and Sustainability class helped the city’s food forest plant berry bushes on Sunday.

Youngstown Food Forest personnel and YSU students planted 87 bushes at the 3400 block of Hillman Street on the south side.

The Boardman Rotary and Petitti Garden Center donated the plants.

Volunteer Brian DiBacco says food forests have a positive impact in their neighborhoods.

“One, beautification of neighborhoods. Two, we’re firm believers in edible landscaping. If you are going to landscape, you may as well try to provide food, at least, for some of your neighbors as well. And as a community activist, a lot of the neighbors here are very welcoming and happy that we’re here trying to help them out as well.”

The Youngstown Food Forest’s produce is free to the public.

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