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Bukowski, C. (Summer 2016). Why Plant a Community Food Forest?. Inside Agroforestry, Vol 24, Issue 2. USDA National Agroforestry Center.
Bukowski, C. (2016, January). Growing Edible Forests as a Community. Small Farms Quarterly, Winter 2016, Cornell Small Farms Program.
Bukowski, C. (Fall 2015). Forest Farming. Inside Agroforestry, Vol 23, Issue 3. USDA National Agroforestry Center.
Bukowski, C. & Munsell, J.F. (Winter 2013). Opportunities for farming edible forest crops. Virginia Forests, Vol LXIX, Number 1, 8.
Bukowski, C. (2004). Using the Ecological Functional Assessment (EFA) Approach to Access Native Mixed Species Plantations on Abandoned Pasturelands in the Wet Tropical Life Zone. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Recommended Ted Talks
Shein, C. (2013). The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem. Timber Press.
Although the title says vegetable gardener’s guide, this book is very much about how to design and establish a food forest. There is a chapter on designing the garden with examples as well as a whole chapter called Permaculture Edibles that is dedicated to plants that can be used for the different forest garden vegetation layers. There is also great information on seed saving and resources for starting a seed library.
Forest Gardens/Food Forests
The Apios Institute (apiosinstitute.org)
The Apios Institute Exists to share experience and knowledge about perennial crop polyculture systems for all climates (variously known as homegardens, food forests, and forest gardens), through a collaborative network of farmers, gardeners, and researchers, in order to fill critical knowledge gaps regarding the design and management of these systems.
Community Building Resources
The Community Tool Box is a free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change. It offers thousands of pages of tips and tools for taking action in communities.
Open Source GIS software and websites
List of Fruit Tree Projects
Possible Funding Sources
Project Orange Thumb Online Grant
Project Orange Thumb is a community garden grant program that provides tools and resources to help communities reach their goals for collaboration, neighborhood beautification, and healthy, sustainable food sources. Fiskars has provided over $1.6 million to more than 180 community groups since the program started in 2002. The application is open to non-profit organizations in North America late in the year and grant recipients are announced in spring of the following year.
The Awesome Foundation is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further awesomessness in the universe. Check out your city’s chapter and see what initiatives they’re looking for then apply! Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea. The more inventive the better.
- Website: http://awesomefoundation.org/
OCIA Research & Education Micro Grants
OCIA International (Organic Crop Improvement Association) offers grants in the range of $300 to $1,500 for organic research, organic education, and other ideas supporting organic agriculture. Projects must benefit multiple producers, processors and/or consumers. There may be limitations on the number of grants given within any one region.
Simply Organic 1% Fund
Simply Organic has given more than a million dollars to organic research, education and grower development projects since the Simply Organic 1% Fund was established in 2001. One percent of all Simply Organic sales go into the fund, which supports training and community projects for organic farmers where our spices are grown, as well as a variety of organizations and events that study, support and promote organic agriculture.
SARE Partnership Grants/Sustainable Community Grants
Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers–extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community–who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators.
- Partnership Grant: http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Partnership-Grant