When Congress begins to budget for infrastructure repair and job creation, a simple inexpensive addition could yield large returns for the communities of Southern Ohio Appalachia.
Utilizing the mowed grassy areas along existing US Highways, permaculture food forests could be installed and harvested by local communities. This would not only be a daily source of nutrition for everyone in the community but could also serve as an emergency food source.
Suitable intersections along US 50, 32, and 52 could have a gravel shoulder for parking and adjacent permaculture food forest installations. Spurs to the Interstate Bikeway System would allow local residents to bike and walk to the food forest—even better!
Although the individual communities would “own” their food forest, the US Forest Service (food forest division) would oversee the design and implementation according to best permaculture practices.