List of Community Food Forests

Counting 33 growing community orchard and food forest projects. Don’t see yours, add it to the comments below and we will update this article and the food forest movement grows!

1. Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park (Asheville, NC, USA) – Since 1997– In 1997,  The Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park is located at 30 G.W. Carver Ave. adjacent to the Stephens-Lee Center in the East End Neighborhood. This site is owned by the City of Asheville and Bountiful Cities has partnered with the city since 2002 insuring that it remain a resources for the community as a edible park. This site hosts over 40 varieties of fruit and nut trees, a walk through this city park will find figs, apples, pears, chestnuts, hazelnuts, plums, peaches, grapes, and paws paws to name a few. Planted over 14 years ago, this urban orchard now exhibits mature, fully-fruit bearing trees. While visitors are encouraged to enjoy freshly picked produce from the park, they are discouraged from taking more than their fair share.

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Springridge Commons Cananda Food Forest
CANADA: Spring Ridge Commons is Canada’s Oldest Public Food Forest

2. Spring Ridge Commons: (Canada) – Since 1999Spring Ridge Commons is Canada`s oldest public food forest and Victoria’s largestpublic permaculture garden or community multi-layer food forest , located on a 1/2 acre city lot in Fernwood at the corner of Chambers and Gladstone. This premier site for small scale urban permaculture has been visited by over 20,000 people over the last 15+ years of being a living laboratory for food, medicine and functional plants.  Spring Ridge Commons serves as a source of free food, a learning environment,  a community space and most importantly a place of  beauty, nature and solitude. On Facebook.

3. Noyo Food Forest: (Fort Bragg, CA, USA) – Since 2006 – The Noyo Food Forest cultivates a healthy local food system by providing opportunities for education, social enterprise, and community involvementEducation: We offer free and low-cost workshops, paid internships and apprenticeships, and ongoing classes in organic, community-based agriculture to train a new generation of local farmers and gardeners how to feed our community. Social Enterprise: We start small, garden-based business enterprises to support our educational center, provide vocational training, and catalyze the local food economy.  Almost half of our operating expenses are raisd through the market garden and nursery enterprises at our flagship project, The Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High SchoolCommunity Involvement: We organize and engage community volunteers of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in the transformation of our local food system. Our gardens are spaces of common ground where all kinds of people come together to grow healthy food.

4. Philadelphia Orchard Project: (Philadelphia, PA, USA) Since 2007 – POP works with community-based groups and volunteers to plan and plant orchards filled with useful and edible plants. POP provides the plants, trees, and training. Community organizations own, maintain, and harvest the orchards, expanding community-based food production. Orchards are planted in formerly vacant lots, community gardens, schoolyards, and other spaces, almost exclusively in low-wealth neighborhoods where people lack access to fresh fruit. On Facebook.

5. Incredible Edible Public Park: (Irvine, CA, USA) – Since 2008 – Everything in this 7.5 acre public park is edible and helps feed 200,000 local residents each month. On Facebook.

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6. San Francisco Urban Orchard Project (San Francisco, CA, USA) – Since 2009 – The San Francisco Urban Orchard Project was developed in partnership with SF Environment’s Urban Forestry and Carbon Fund programs. The program partners with local nonprofit organizations to plant fruit and nut tree orchards in San Francisco. The program is supported by the Local Carbon Fund, which provides ongoing resources to support tree planting and care. San Francisco launched this fund, the nation’s first truly local carbon offset program, in 2009 to help the City achieve the ambitious climate target set in the 2004 San Francisco Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive plan to address emissions. The Local Carbon Fund seeks to engage in offset projects within San Francisco’s boundaries. The San Francisco Urban Orchard Project assists community based organizations with planting and maintenance of publicly accessible fruit trees. The program has planted fruit trees in several locations throughout San Francisco, including food insecure areas and an orchard within Golden Gate Park.

7. Louisville Grows: (Louisville, KY, USA) – Since 2009 – Our mission is to grow a just and sustainable community in Louisville,

USA, LOUISVILLE, KY: Louisville Grows plants and gives away fruit trees.
USA, LOUISVILLE, KY: Louisville Grows plants and gives away fruit trees.

Kentucky, through urban agriculture, urban forestry, and environmental education. Our programs include our community gardens, Love Louisville Trees, the Seeds and Starts Garden Resource Program, and the Urban Growers Cooperative.

8.  Beacon Food Forest: (Seattle, WA, USA)- Since 2009 – The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem. On Facebook.

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9. Ben Nobleman Park Community Orchard (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – Since 2009 –  On June 4, 2009, our little orchard was planted in Ben Nobleman Park, an underused green space just across from Eglinton West Subway station in Toronto. We have 14 fruit trees including 5 apples, 3 plums, 3 apricots and 3 sweet cherries. Once our trees are old enough to produce a good harvest, the fruit will go to volunteers and local agencies like the food bank. Our orchard park has become a place for the community to volunteer and socialize, to have blossom and fruit festivals, pruning workshops, orchard picnics, children’s educational workshops and other community events.

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  • August 24, 2012 – City Orchards Bear Fruit for All, Toronto Star

10. Community Orchard Research Project (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)- Since 2009 – The City of Calgary has been planting fruit trees and shrubs in locations around Calgary as part of a community orchard research project in order to increase opportunities for local food production activities. The City currently has four community orchard pilot locations.

11. Madison Fruits and Nuts (Madison, WI, USA) – Since 2009 – Madison residents want to plant fruit trees on public lands. Free, fresh, local food! Groups have planted new orchards in Wingra Park and Eagle Heights Garden. Beautiful and productive urban orchards cared for by volunteers already thrive in Madison at Midvale School and Community Garden and West High, Quann Community Garden, and Mendota Mental Health Institute. On Facebook

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12. Cultivate Kansas City – (Kansas City, KS, USA) Since 2010 – About three miles west of Gibbs Road Farm on a quarter acre once used for annual vegetable production is where you will find Cultivate Kansas City’s young food forest. Fruit and nut trees, berries and brambles, herbs and flowers are beginning to stretch, blossom and mature into a multi-story community of perennial food-producers.

13. Bloomington Community Orchard (Bloomington, IN, USA) – Since 2010 – As one of the only projects of its kind in the nation, the Bloomington Community Orchard is on the forefront of sustainable living and community building. Incredible, dedicated volunteers have worked thousands of hours to carry the Orchard from its first community meeting in February 2010, through two major grants and two community-wide planting days, and onward to harvesting and maintaining a place they love. Thanks to hundreds of community members who voted in the Communities Take Root contest, representatives from Edy’s and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation came to town to provide the trees and instruction for our first planting. On Facebook.

14. Urban Orchard Project (London, England) – Since 2011 – The Urban Orchard Project is creating lush cities across the United Kingdom swathed in fruit and nut trees. We work in partnership with communities to plant, manage, restore and harvest orchards in urban areas to help us all to rediscover the pleasure of eating home-grown fruit.

15. Ron Finley’s Urban Food Forest (Los Angeles, CA, USA) – Since 2011

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16. Greenbelt Food Forest (Maryland, USA) – Since 2012 – Long-term goals: Establish an outdoor classroom to facilitate social & educational opportunities year-round; Increase the ecological understandings of residents & student; Harvest fruits, nuts, berries, medicinals, and vines; Reduce air pollution, erosion, trash & flooding; Improve water quality of the Springhill Lake Stream; Increase urban tree canopy & water retention through selection of plants; Enhance understanding of restoring Chesapeake landscapes and permaculture design.

17. Hawea Flat Domain Food Forest: (New Zealand) – Since 2012–  On Facebook

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18. Copley Community Orchard (Vancouver, BC, Canada) – Since 2012 – 

19. Tree Streets Food Forest: (TN, USA) – Since 2013 – A living edible park created by and for the community, soon to be full of organic fruits, veggies, herbs, art, and anything else we dream up! On Facebook

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20. Nashville Urban Food Forests: (Nashville, TN, USA) – Since 2013 – On Facebook

21. Healthy People Healthy River Edible Landscaping: (Cincinnati, OH, USA)- Since 2013 – An edible forest garden is taking root in Cincinnati, a project that is also helping provide a long-term solution to renewing the Ohio River, which has been polluted for decades. The “Healthy People, Healthy River” project will incorporate edible landscaping, recreation and education, as well as a major environmental cleanup. The 28-mile greenway trail is planned in the Mill Creek watershed which runs from the Ohio River through Cincinnati and into its northern suburbs.

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22. Keep Akron Beautiful (Glendale, OH, USA) – Since 2013– With the creation of this food forest in Akron, called “The New Glendale Garden,” 20 families will have access to fresh grown food and learn how to live sustainable lives. In addition, a designated spot called “grow a row for the hungry” will be used to grow produce that will be donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank. On Faceook

23. Racehill Community Orchard (Brighton, UK ) – Since 2013 – Racehill Community Orchard launched in January 2013 on a 3 acre site in East Brighton overlooking Whitehawk and down to the sea.  The aim is to plant over 200 fruit trees and thousands of native hedgerow species so that in future years locals can enjoy the free fruit harvest.  The orchard is managed by a community group of local people who volunteer at least 3 times a month to plant trees, undertake conservation activities and enjoy being outside.

24. Martin Luther King Jr. Park Orchard: (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) – Since 2013 – 30 fruiting trees were planted in this public park.

25. Quad-City Food Forest (Iowa): – Since 2014 – The QC Food Forest Mission: To design, grow, and maintain an edible food forest that will produce healthy food for the community, foster education, and support the environment. On Facebook

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26. Edmonton’s River Valley Food Forest:  (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) – Since 2014 – On a South facing slope at the mouth of Mackinnion ravine in Edmonton’s river valley, lies the city’s first publicly planted food forest; a self-sufficient edible ecosystem, that captures water, increases biodiversity, reduces city maintenance costs, cleans the air, sequesters carbon, builds community, and grows food.
The Edmonton food forest contains thousands of edible, native trees and shrubs; saskatoons, high bush cranberries, low bush cranberries, currents, elderberries, pin cherries, chokecherries, beaked hazelnuts, and raspberries. The annual target of this initiative is to plant an addition 16,000 trees annually on public and private land

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Plans for Festival Beach Food Forest coming soon to Austin, TX.
USA, AUSTIN, TX: Plans for Festival Beach Food Forest coming soon to Austin, TX.

27.  Beach Food Forest: (Austin, TX) – Since 2014 – Festival Beach Food Forest is a pilot project transforming over 2  acres of parkland on the shores of Lady Bird Lake into an edible forest garden where people connect, grow together, and share the harvest. The westernmost 2/3 of an acre will make up Phase One, which has been approved by Austin City Council as part of the Holly Shores Master Plan. The project protects and enhances the natural beauty, tranquility, and ecological health of our East Austin land, while also making fresh fruit and vegetables part of the daily experience of neighbors and visitors enjoying the park.

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28. Community Urban Food Forest(British Columbia, Canada) – Since 2014 – The Community Urban Food Forest is located just outside CGC’s offices at The Station, 360 Duncan St.  The garden is full of beautiful edible and medicinal plants that are planted together to create an amazing, diverse and intriguing demonstration of food forestry.  The plant selection for the garden was carefully considered in order to mimic the ecological processes of a forest.  Plants chosen included pollinator attractors, nutrient accumulators and soil stabilizers.

29. Royate Hill Community Orchard (Bristol, UK) – Since 2014Photos On Flickr

30. American Food Forest:  (Ohio, USA) – Since 2015 The American Food Forests initiative is a grass-roots movement making its way from city to city; providing free food forests to help maintain community and sustainable produce for its inhabitants.

31. Thousand Schools Food Forest Network: (Miami, FL, USA) – Since 2015 – The Education Fund’s Plant a Thousand Gardens Collaborative Nutrition Initiative food forests has begun 11 food forests at Miami Schools with more than 40 schools slated for future food forests.

Tanyiah Jones 10, (at left) along with Gabriella Tapiamillan 8, Jissell Banegas 9, Carlos Contreras 9, Ronnield Luna 8 and Jeffery Arroyo 10 take a tour of the garden at Kelsey Pharr Elementary with Education Fund gardener Samuel Chillaron on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. | PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD
USA, MIAMI, FL: Tanyiah Jones 10, (at left) along with Gabriella Tapiamillan 8, Jissell Banegas 9, Carlos Contreras 9, Ronnield Luna 8 and Jeffery Arroyo 10 take a tour of the garden at Kelsey Pharr Elementary with Education Fund gardener Samuel Chillaron on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. | PATRICK FARRELL MIAMI HERALD

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32. Thomas Street Neighborhood Garden: (Grand Rapids, MI, USA) – Since 2015 – This neighborhood garden is adding fruiting trees in 2015. The trees were funded by Grand Rapid’s Urban Forest Project.

33. Illinois Valley Food Forests: (Cave Junction, OR, USA) – Since 2015 – Southern Oregon community leaders began publicly discussing plans for a network of community food forests in 2014 with the first plants going in at the local public library in April 2014. Civic sites are currently being evaluated for a fall fruit trees planting.

Food Forests: An Answer to the Stuffed or Starved Food Crisis

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Humanity is in the midst of a food crisis where a large segment of the population is either hungry or eating food that is making them sick. The answer may be remarkably simple.

There is now no doubt humanity is in the midst of a food crisis. Every 3.6 second a person dies of hunger meanwhile more than 1 in three Americans are now obese. What we put in our mouths, and where it comes from, determines the health of people, the economy, and the planet. In 1790 90% of the labor force in the United States was involved with food production. Today just  2% of Americans grow food.

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Industrial agriculture is responsible for converting land that was once diverse ecosystems into monocultures, planting of a single crop. This practice has resulted in a cascade of negative environmental and public health effects.
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The body of evidence showing the danger of pesticide and chemical fertilizer application is now so great it cannot be ignored for much longer. In nature, plants provide these ecosystem services for free while maintaining the ecosystem health.

The concentration of food production into the hands of a few has had wide-reaching ramifications. Agriculture is the number one cause of planetary deforestation. Industrial agriculture practices have resulted in loss of forests and animal habitat (FAO, 2005; Kissinger, 2012; NASA), and soil fertility (Fixen, 2010; Henao,1999; Smaling, 1993; Lal, 1989), as well as contaminating local soil and water sources with toxic chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides (Cohen, 1984; Phelan, 2015; Mesnage, 2014; Seralini, 2014; Steele, 2008).

Agriculture practices are such that this sector is now the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, surpassing deforestation in 2010 (Tubiello, 2015). Dependence on this system has left communities vulnerable in changing times. The USDA’s Economic Research Service (2009) estimates that 23.5 million Americans live in food deserts. Meanwhile more than one in three (35%) American adults and 17% of youth are now obese as opposed to more than one in four (27%) adults in 2009, just 6 years ago (Ogden, 2014; Steele, 2012). The obesity epidemic was responsible for an estimated $147 billion in healthcare costs in 2008 (Finkelstein, 2009).

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Chart from 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines Reveals the 25 top calorie sources for Americans/

Lack of access to healthy foods has become a serious problem for many Americans contributing to the growing obesity epidemic (FRAC; Ogden, 2014; Steele, 2012). While the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables are common knowledge (CDC, 2011), these foods are noticeably absent from the diets of many Americans. The National Cancer Institute conducted analysis of usual dietary intakes of Americans listing the top 25 calorie sources. The researchers divided food and beverages into 97 categories, and ranked according to calorie contribution to diet. Grain based deserts were the number one calorie contributor across all age groups studies. For children and adults, soda, yeast breads, and chicken dishes follow. Scouring the list for fresh fruits and vegetables the closest you will find is “Fried white potatoes” which are 17th overall. Nuts and seeds are 19th and fruit drinks 22nd (USDA, 2010). “Support and promote community and home gardens” is one of the key strategies identified by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their 2011 guide: Strategies to Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases: The CDC Guide to Strategies to Increase the Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables.

This is an example of a food forest design from the Slovak Centre Food Forest
Food forest design from the Slovak Centre Food Forest

Seeking to address these converging environmental, public health, and food access problems, community and school gardens have popped up across the globe in recent years helping reignite public interest in growing food. Community food forests and public fruit tree planting projects are relatively new with many initiatives sprouting up in the last six years. A growing interest in permaculture has raised consciousness about the benefits of food forests.

Food forests are perennial polycultures systems where diverse food, medicine, and support species grow together in mutually beneficial relationships that eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Existing model food forests have demonstrated that human labor requirements decrease over time as food production increases. Once established, food forests can continue producing food for decades proving to be a wise investment in future access to healthy food (Lawton 2008, 2009).

If a kid has an apple tree outside there door, they just might be eating more apples. Research has shown that nutrition education is largely ineffective. What is effective is changing the environment. Planting food forests in civic space and where people live could prove to be a wise investment promising many years of healthy food ahead.

What’s a Food Forest?

Food forests mimic nature by placing multiple species plants in mutually supportive relationships. This creates a diverse ecosystem that provides diverse products for humans and enhances the local ecology. Food forests are primarily comprised of perennial crops which require less energy to grow and do not require distrubing the soil each year as annual crops do.

Seven layers of a food forest.
Seven layers of a food forest.

Each plant in a food forest provides multiple functions to the system. Some plants fix nitrogen supplying free fertilizer to other plants, some plants drop their leaves supplying free mulch which builds the soil and conserves water, some plants support pollinators, some plants produce food and medicine, some plants provide share, some plants send their roots far down into the Earth to bring up water and nutrients that other plants can use.

A Holistically Integrated Solution:

1. Socially Responsible: The potential for a worldwide food crisis because of dependence on large-scale corporate agriculture is now widely acknowledged. Facing current trends including extreme weather, rising food prices, rising demand, and speculation, planting food forests to supply food to local communities is perhaps the most socially responsible action we can take. Small scale community food forests have the potential to bring communities together and increase access to food and resilience in uncertain times. Already public food forests and fruit tree planting projects are sprouting worldaround. A single apple tree costing $10 if cared for will grow to yield 48,000 apples. At $0.50/lb. this is $24,000 worth of healthy food. What other investment promises such a return?

Once apple trees are established they require minimum care and produce large quantities of nutritious fruits. This is one harvest from one apple tree in our former family orchard.
Once apple trees are established they require minimum care and produce large quantities of nutritious fruits. This is one harvest from one apple tree in our former family orchard.

2. Economically Viable: Polyculture (multiple crop) food production is an economically viable system with greater productivity that typical monoculture farming. In addition, food forests rely on perennial crops that can be propagated for free from cuttings or saving seed. The potential for sharing plant stock and other resources through grassroots community networks will amplify the economic viability of food forests.

“On approximately two acres— half of which was on a terraced 35 degree slope—I produced enough food to feed more than 300 people, 49 weeks a ¬¬¬year in my fully organic CSA on the edge of Silicon Valley. I did this for almost nine years until I lost the lease to my rented land. My yields were often 8 times what the USDA claims are possible per square foot. My soil fertility increased dramatically each year… I built my soil from cement-hard adobe clay to its impressive state from scratch.” (Blume)

3. Environmentally Sound: Food forests present a sustainable alternative to modern food production practices. The food forest model:

This is an example of a food forest design from the Slovak Centre Food Forest
This is an example of a food forest design from the Slovak Centre Food Forest
  • Promotes bio-diversity by planting multiple crop species together;
  • Eliminates need for chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers;
  • Increases soil fertility over time through use of specific plant species that:
    • fix nitrogen (providing a natural living plant fertilizer),
    • provide mulch (through dropping of leaves), and
    • cycle nutrients through the system (i.e. deep root species),
  • Supports pollinators,
  • Regulates pests and disease naturally,
  • Requires no tilling after the initial planting, thus conserving soil fertility and protecting soil physiochemical and biological processes, and
  • Eventually eliminates fossil fuel consumption in food production. After the initial 10 years food forests require minimal human labor and after 20 years are self-functioning forest ecosystems that continue to provide food and other useful crops and resources.

My Story: Dreaming Eden

This is me as a young girl. I grew up with food growing all around me and remember wondering why we ate food from a box or can instead.
As a  girl I loved the mulberry tree in my backyard, and the wild onions and dandelions that peppered the grass. These wild foods that gave freely inspired me and I wondered why we no longer live with our fruit. Why are we not growing fruit all around us? My father cut down the mulberry tree because it stained the wooden deck he built beneath it.

When I was 18 and about to move away I took my little sister, then 7, to another mulberry tree in Cherokee Park, a large public park in Louisville, Kentucky. We picked and ate till we had our fill. I secretly hoped our outing would be planting seeds in my sister too – seeds of questioning: Why aren’t more people harvesting these mulberries? Why are we not planting more fruit where people live, work, and play?

The mulberry tree in my backyard received no care yet gave sweet berries for free every year.
In 2001 I began experimenting with growing my own food and worked with a group of friends in Charleston, SC to start a community garden. The garden faded and grew over as our group moved on and moved away. In 2006 I partnered with my children’s father and started to cultivate and harvest from a growing food forest we care took on 2 riverside acres. It included 16 mature apple trees, plum tree, walnut tree, pear tree, blackberries, thimbleberries, and numerous perennial vegetables, herbs, and other fruit and nut trees that we planted.

Axel James (3 years old) helps harvest a bounty of delicious apples we just shook from the tree.
In 2010 I moved from San Francisco, CA to this place in the country full time, with the goal of establishing a self-sustaining homestead.

My daughter Ayla Belle (14 months old here) could frequently be found snacking amongst the strawberries in our former family garden.
I wanted to share this journey with others so we hosted over 100 volunteers through WWOOF from 2010-2012. During this time over and over our guests would remark how they were inspired by our families lifestyle and connection with the fruits of the land. What’s more, I received about an email a day from someone new wanting to come stay with us. I saw first hand the demand that is there for people wanting to experience a different way of living. This positive feedback has fueled me on my path of service asking – how can we co-create the world we want to live in? To me this world has healthy food growing all around us. All are fed. All are healthy.

Here I am in 2007 processing apples to make apple sauce at our former family home in Petrolia, CA.
In 2012 I left my ex-partner and the land where I had spent six years growing a dream. I have shed tears for the edible paradise and dreams I left behind, but have more recently had a deep appreciation for this experience I had. I feel blessed to have the experience of living with fresh fruit growing abundantly around me from May through January. It is this experience that has also fueled my passion for regenerating Eden.

In 2014 I created this logo for the food forest network project. The Trail of Food project aimed to bring together farmers, growers, and community members to plant a network of food forests. In January 2015 I rebranded the project to Eden Regeneration Alliance.
In 2013 I began dreaming up a project to plant a network of food forests throughout our new rural community in Southern Oregon. I found that there were others who were already aligned with this mission. Hazel Speer had proposed a public food forest at a local community building course. Deb Lukas, with the local Spiral Living Center, had started a gleaning project to harvest fruits from unpicked trees in the valley and has sponsored skill shares regularly encouraging people to grow their own food.

In the Spring of 2014 I worked with Dome School kids to create a food forest mural. Here the kids point to the food forest plant they created. The caption reads “All the Worlds Problems Can be Solved in a Food Forest.”
In 2014 I began connecting with local leaders and organizing meetings around a grant proposal to bring this project to fruition. The grant would have fully funded food forests at ten locations in the valley and provided support for land-owners to help plant and maintain these. Under the banner of the “Trail of Food Project” I facilitated a series of meetings, three film nights, organized an Earth Day benefit for the project, created a traveling food forest mural/exhibit, did a radio interview, and gave public presentations at local events. I worked with a local alternative school for two seasons and then had to pull back because of personal challenges last fall.

This January 2015 I made a renewed commitment to the project which coincided with an interested buyer in my business. I started Bike Ped Ed to sell biking and walking coloring books I created and have ran the business as a sole-proprietor for the last three years. I made the decision to sell this business so that I could dedicate myself fully to a new business venture that has captivated my heart. This venture is called Eden Regeneration Alliance.

MISSION: Eden Regeneration Alliance (ERA) shares technology, research, and resources to support the transformation from a food system that harms the health of people and the planet, to one that brings people and food together creating health and harmony.

The intention is to structure ERA as a nonprofit organization. We are registered as such with the Oregon Secretary of State, but still need to file for 501c3 status, and recruit a committed board of directions aligned with our mission. ERA is a membership organization. Anyone who wants to help grow civic fruit is invited to join! Anyone engaged in growing civic fruit can fly the ERA banner. ERA exists to bring together these people, and support their work. What work we engage in will depend on what is needed to advance the mission for everyone.

What will ERA be up to? For now we are working on laying the foundation

  • I am writing a book that shares my years of research into the food system and stories to inspire an abundant healthy food future.
  • I have started a food forest plant database to help people connect with plants.
  • We have two pending grant proposals to fund the development of a technology platform that will revolutionize how we do food.
  • We are developing media such as one-page educational handouts that people can use to talk about growing food forests, and public fruit, with friends, community leaders, and the media.

What might the future hold?….

  • ERA secures investors and distributes grants to support planting community food forests.
  • ERA makes instructional and inspiring videos to support growing community food forests.
  • ERA develops a replicable media campaign that can be used anywhere in the country to promote growing food forests and public fruit.
  • If we come together, the possibilities are limitless…

Thanks for sticking with me through this lengthy introduction. I intend to update this blog as we move forward on our journey. This is my personal blog. It is where I will share my story, the story of my family, and our efforts to create a better world. I appreciate your support of the mission. I’ll be in touch more as things grow!

Axel (6.5), Ayla (4.5), and me (33), recently. We love fruit more than any other food!