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...

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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The Beacon Food Forest received a lot of media attention while it was in its planning phases, which started in 2009. The news of the endeavor inspired other communities to create food forests in the United States and abroad. Across the ocean in Taiwan, an organization invited the Beacon Food Forest leaders to come talk about their project and how to make one happen. I remember visiting Seattle shortly after they came back from the trip in 2015. Everyone was excited, it was amazing to share knowledge and experience in another country and to inspire others not to give up. The result? The first public food forest in Hsinchu, Taiwan has been established and holds regular work parties to maintain and learn from the site. Never forget that taking action can have larger effects on the world than you might think possible when you start a project. What change do you hope to spark in 2018? Let's paint more cities green! For more information- http://panorama.solutions/es/node/1659, https://goo.gl/5Y3fCz ... See MoreSee Less

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As we approach the close of another year and it's time to reflect back on what was learned through mistakes or knowing we could have handled something differently, maybe more effectively, with more compassion, or with just a different solution.... Do the work. Take those extra moments to figure out the lessons learned and share them among your tribe. Are you involved with a community food forest? Have you planned a time to collectively reflect on the lessons of the year and to celebrate accomplishments? This is a great way to build community into the project - sharing the harvest does not just mean eating the produce! 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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