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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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Here's another resource for working on a plan to establish a #communityfoodforest. #Climateadaptation is a key focus of #urbanplanning right now, and working a proposal from this angle will be helpful in gaining agency attention and cooperation. This site offers a workbook for helping to create a climate adaptation plan that can be added to a management plan- and there is information for urban forests! Here is a brief part from What to Expect:

There are downloadable resources and examples to accompany every step of the process. You’ll be asked to input very basic information about your project area and more detailed information about your management goals and objectives. The Workbook will generate information about potential climate change impacts for your general region, and you’ll be asked to use your own judgment and expertise to consider how broad impacts might play out on your particular property. Then you’ll think critically about your property goals and objectives and decide if they are still robust to potential climate change. Next, the Workbook will help you brainstorm and evaluate a list of custom actions that can help adapt to expected conditions, and you’ll finish the process by developing a monitoring plan to determine if your actions were effective.
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