Starting Anew

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Clifton Park Food Forest- Baltimore, MD

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Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park

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Hazelwood Food Forest

Hazelwood Food Forest in the Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA is the first community food...


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Why are they called Community Food Forests?



Food forests provide a space where a community can grow and function while developing a sense of place. Disconnect between people and place often inhibits civic process and progress. In a community food forest humans are integrated with each other and their landscape rather than separated.


Food is embedded in culture, politics, health and community. Growing food is empowering. It is a basic need transcending race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sex, socioeconomic status or political affiliation. Food forests offer a way to reconnect people to each other and to a source of food.


Why the word forest? In their infancy sites might not look like a forest ecosystem, just as an open field does not resemble a forest in early stages of succession. Succession takes time to reach a mature state. Over time these systems will evolve into a replication of the structure and function of a forest ecosystem.

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Community food foresters- Are you preparing any presentations or discussions this week to address #WorldWaterDay on March 22nd??? If not- two days left to raise the point at least in your Facebook groups! Get the conversation going- how does food forestry fit in to the answer?

This years theme is #TheAnswerisinNature or as some of us might say nature is the solution. How can we reduce floods, droughts, and water pollution as this poster asks? One way is expanding the multi-functional #riparianbuffer approach promoted on farmland into urban areas. This is a win-win: 1) potential funding source for food forest installation for protecting waterways and 2) well- protected waterways!

There is already research underway on whether #fruittrees will hold toxins in edible tissue at the University of California San Diego with samples taken from a young food forest, but until those results are ready here's a little more info:
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Community Food Forests

Hey All- If you want to learn more about permaculture in all its aspects- from growing food forests to its social applications- consider this online PDC with bonus material from the Permaculture Women's Guild- men- you are also totally invited. I think expanded explanations of permaculture will help to grow the community systems we need to support public food forests!

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Intro to Permaculture: Heather Jo Flores, Jessi Bloom, Monica Ibacache, Rachel Blalock, and Marit Parker

Ethics and Principles: Rachel Lyn Rumson

Inner landscape and Invisible Structures: Aline Van Moerbeke

Patterns, Biomimicry and Cultural Emergence:
Looby Looby Macnamara and Maddy Harland

Local Ecosystems: Tara Kent

Climates, Biogeography, & Microclimates: Klaudia Van Gool

The Home System: Crystal Stevens

Economic Systems: Lucie Bardos

Water: Amy Matthews Stross

Earthworks: PWG Faculty Panel

Soils: Lichen June

Forests, Plants, and Cultivated Ecologies: Tao Orion

Aquaculture & Greenhouses: Marjory House

Animals, Bees, and Birds: Kelda Lorax

Seed Saving & Seed Stewardship: Rowen White

The Built Environment: Tinece Payne

Waste and Bioremediation: Mandy Merklein

Ecological Technologies: Kareen Erbe

Big Land: Cynthia Marie Espinosa Marrero

Design for Catastrophe: Pippa Buchanan

Urban Permaculture: Becky Ellis

Access to Land: Ridhi D'Cruz

Social Justice & Decolonization: Marit Parker

Egalitarian Group Processes: Hannah Hemmelgarn

Ecovillages: Natalie Topa

Design for Children: Penny Krebiehl

Designing Your Regenerative Right Livelihood: Karryn Olson-Ramanujan

Client and Community Relationships: Charlie Gray

Mentoring & Working with Volunteers: Sarah Marie Wu

Art of Hosting: Silvia Di Blasio

Permaculture Pedagogy: Loretta Buckner

And, last but decidedly not least, our design core: Jessica Peterson, Jennifer Albanese, Jennifer J Morgan, Diana Sette, Saskia Esslinger, and Hannah Thorogood

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Hey All! I have an exciting week of announcements planned! First off- I decided to go back to the university in summer of 2012, and six years later, a lot has evolved and its time for a little reflection and updates on progress this week. What does that mean in food forest terms??? Well- check out this inspiring video, which also just happens to start in summer 2012, to see just how much can transpire in 6 years when you're creating a #foodforest in your backyard! And then get excited to start your own or a community one this year! #startnowThe START of the Permaculture Food Forest Garden Subscribe: Facebook: https://www.facebook... ... See MoreSee Less

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