community food forestry
the community food forestry initiative (cffi) takes a unique and innovative approach to address the challenge urban and community tree canopy loss due to re/development by providing planners, developers, policy-makers, designers and practitioners a comprehensive set of resources that integrate food-producing trees and plants into the urban landscape. in addition, it will help raise public and professional awareness around the issue of using urban places to grow food.
development and redevelopment is happening at an unprecedented rate and more often than not, established trees and forests are pushed out in favor of more buildings. cffi offers a unique way forward that makes urban forests indispensable amenities in the urban landscape.
We will accomplish this in several ways:
1) by suggesting forests that are comprised of food producing plants;
2) by demonstrating ways to integrate these tightly into a wide variety of interventions within the re/development; and
3) by creating easily accessible resources and tools that anyone, but particularly practitioners, planners, developers, etc. can use to implement these food forests into the re/development projects.
our intended audience is anyone who is a planner, practitioner, policy-maker or stakeholder in development or redevelopment projects.
the resources and tools in particular are likely to be used mainly by professional audiences (developers, planners, architects, engineers, etc.). However, the tools will be easy enough for non-professionals such as community activists, non-profits, or average citizens.
The following are the deliverable product(s): each one is meant as a complimentary toolbox that will benefit all recipients/stake holders discussed above.