This Page is a Work in Progress

Published Work

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.


A five-minute presentation I gave at Permaculture Voices 2015

Recommended Ted Talks

Pamela Warhurst: How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA


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 (

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

Community Tool Box

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.


Circle Forward–

Robert’s Rules of Order:

According to Robert’s Rules of Order, parliamentary procedure is based on the consideration of the rights: of the majority, of the minority (especially a large minority greater than one-third), of individual members, of absentee members, of all of these groups taken together.

Although the copyright on the original Fourth Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Revised has expired, it remains an important work. contains the full text of this book, including lesson outlines and Plan for Study of Parliamentary Law, along with the added convenience and functionality of index and keyword search. This handy online reference tool is useful to students of parliamentary procedure and parliamentarians alike.

Learn more about Robert’s Rules of Order, Parliamentary Procedure, Bylaws, Conducting Meetings, and Taking Minutes with

Productive Meetings- 

The Five-Fold Path of Productive Meetings by Starhawk

Wilder Collaboration Factors Inventory

A free tool to assess how your collaboration is doing on 20 research-tested success factors.

​The inventory takes about fifteen minutes to complete. It can be distributed to a small group of leaders in the collaborative, during a general meeting, or via mail to all members for the most complete picture. You can tally your score manually or online.

Take the free online inventory, or register your group to take the online inventory, and receive the group’s summary scores for each of the 20 factors.


Asset-Mapping helps a community better understand what strengths and resources they have to put into a project. Here are some online documents to help with the process:

Land-Use Planning Toolbox

The LRP Toolbox is a freely accessible online source for a range of stakeholders, directly or indirectly involved in land use planning. The Toolbox contains a comprehensive number of existing tools and approaches that are used to implement land resources planning. The overall goal of the Toolbox is to make potential users aware of the existence of these tools, facilitate access to their information, and assist with the selection of those tools that meet the requirements of different stakeholders, operating at different levels, in different regions, and in different sectors.

Open Source GIS software and websites

Open Source GIS and Freeware GIS Applications

Seed Sources

List of Fruit Tree Projects

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.

Awesome Foundation

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.

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.

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