Starting Anew

Starting Anew: Natural Rhythms and Cycles A Villard Blanc wakens from winter slumber and stretches...

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...


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

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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In light of Black History Month (which should be all year)- I've written a blog post to share some resources with you from my recent travels for The Community Food Forest Handbook which introduced me to some incredible speakers. I also wanted to share information about an online event happening tonight (Compassionate Interventions to White Supremacy- part of a series of talks on the Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.) by Richael Faithful) which I encourage you to register for and attend to learn more about addressing social justice in the community spaces you design and participate in daily, especially #communityfoodforests. We discuss the Theory of Change in the book, and this speaker will be discussing how to use that framework as well for generating new ways of existing for everyone.

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