My research is dedicated to profiling community food forests across the United States to better understand the successes and challenges in the management of both the vegetative and social components. I use the Community Capitals Framework as a lens to view how community assets are used to develop them as well as these stocks (human, social, cultural, environmental, economic, political and built) are transformed, re-invested or created through the processes of a site. My hope is that the research will lead to best practices for future initiatives in this emerging trend in resilient communities. I will try to keep the website updated periodically until then with interesting information pertaining to community food forests and related topics.
I have learned first hand about a community food forest when I designed, wrote grants for, and installed one at the YMCA Community Garden in Blacksburg, VA.
A recently recorded webinar for the Agroforestry Center at the University of Missouri showcases the community food forest research in terms of urban agroforestry. The webinar has free access and (approx 1 hour) is archived here.
If you are involved in a community food forest, please feel free to contact me to share your information or find out more about my research.
~Catherine J. Bukowski