CHEARS: “Three Sisters Demonstration Gardens”

In 2010, Chesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society (CHEARS) received a grant to create a “Three Sisters” demonstration garden in each of the three sections of Greenbelt.   The goal of the project was to illustrate a sustainable food-growing system in which diverse crops and trees mutually support each other’s well-being.


"Three Sisters" demonstration garden
“Three Sisters” demonstration garden. On a per acre basis, urban runoff contributes twice the excess nutrient and toxic load to the Bay that agricultural areas contribute. Aided by Permaculture principles a CHEARS strategic objective is to significantly reduce urban and suburban run off by changing our dominant monoculture lawn-based form of landscaping.