Cement, landscaping work brings community Edible Forest closer to completion | Williston

Williston’s Edible Forest Community comes together in Williston to provide shade and snacks for residents for years to come.

The concept of the Edible Forest was introduced as Tree City USA in May by the City of Williston in honor of Arbor Day and Williston’s 40 years. The corner of Harvest Hills Avenue and 32nd Street West transforms from vacant lot into a miniature orchard of apple, pear, plum, and cherry trees, plus a walking path, seating, and lighting.

The trees have been planted, the trail has been watered and now the landscaping continues with Dakota Pro Landscape Services taking care of that aspect.

The project was introduced to the city by Mikhail Astvatsaturov, a Williston resident, who had seen a similar project in Fargo.

“He came into town and said, ‘Let’s have a mini-forest here in the town of Williston,'” Williston’s Mayor Howard Klug commented on the forest’s dedication. “We should plant trees that give something back. Not only in their shade and their beauty, but also with fruits. “

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