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.
In the news:
- October 21, 2010, 36 Hours in Asheville, NC, New York Times
2. Spring Ridge Commons: (Canada) – Since 1999 – Spring 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 involvement. Education: 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 School. Community 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.
In the news:
- August 8, 2008, Redfin: Creative Problem Solving in the City of Irvine: The Incredible Edible Park
- July 17, 2011, Triple Pundit: The Incredible Edible Park Supplies Food Bank
- January 12, 2015, Natural Society: Watch How this Incredible Public Food Park Feeds 200,000 a Month
- January 18, 2015, Ready Nutrition: Edible Public Park Helps to Feed 200,000 People Every Year
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,
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.
In the news:
- March 1, 2012, NPR: Seattle’s First Urban Food Forest will be Open to Foragers
- August 30, 2013, WPLU 88.5: Beacon Food Forest: Edible Public Forest Takes Root in Seattle
- September 24, 2014 Seattle PI: Beacon Food Forest offers foraging, free garden produce during harvest
- April 22, 2015 WPLU 88.5: Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest Growing Berries,Veggies And Woodland Soil
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.
In the news
- 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
In the news:
- March 25, 2010, Isthmus: Madison Fruits and Nuts planning public orchards
- July 20, 2010, WNPJ: Madison Fruits and Nuts wins city approval
- June 7, 2011, Examiner: Foraging for fresh fruits and nuts in Madison, WI
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 –
In the news:
- August 20, 2011, Los Angeles Times: In the weeds of bureaucratic insanity there sprouts a small reprieve
- TED Talk: A Guerilla gardener in South Central LA
- May 3, 2013, New York Times: Urban Gardening: An Appleseed With Attitude
- August 13, 2013, Grist: L.A.’s Ron Finley wants to make gardening gangsta
- May 3, 2014, Huffington Post: Food Injustice – the Revolution Starts in a Garden
- October 24, 2014, Huffington Post: Learning Los Angeles: Ron Finley on Grounding the City
- HG TV: The Guerrilla Gardener Ron Finley is an “Eco-lutionary“
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
In the news:
- April 14, 2014 Washington Times
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
In the news:
- February 24, 2014 Radio Iowa
- November 2, 2014 Quad City Times
- April 16, 2015 Quad City Times
- April 23, 2015 Iowa City Press Citizen
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
In the news:
- July 20, 2014 CBC News
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.
In the news:
- August 11, 2013 Fox 7
- February 14, 2014 The Austin Chronicle
- May 7, 2014 Take Part
- See also Austin Urban Food Forestry and Urban Food Forest Society of Austin On Facebook
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 2014 – Photos 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.
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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.