Clifton Park Food Forest- Baltimore, MD

Can community food forests offer one strategy to create meaningful change? I am writing a...

Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park

Intro The oldest community food forest on the East Coast is hidden on Parks and...

Hazelwood Food Forest

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

Agroforestry

What is it? A simplistic definition of agroforestry is a sustainable land management system that...

Why are they called Community Food Forests?

Community
 

Community

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
 

Food

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.
Forest
 

Forest

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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Tomorrow I will be teaching a three hour class on edible forest gardening with a tour of our local community food forests to Master Gardeners. If anyone out there has suggestions on important points that differ from the MG normal curriculum or other suggestions that you've found important learning lessons along your way working with these systems, please share in the comments below. I'm really excited about this opportunity to spread the word to MGs who volunteer throughout this region. Looking forward to comments! ... See MoreSee Less

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