Urban Food Forestry
Urban food forestry is planting trees in cities where people live, to provide food and many other ecosystem services. LUMES 2011 alum Kyle Clark and I conducted the first analysis of urban food forestry, finding that there is great potential to expand its reach as a strategy to increase urban sustainability. For example, of 30 urban forestry master plans we analyzed, only 13% included human food security among their objectives, while 77% included habitat for wildlife. We showed in a case study of Burlington, Vermont that planting apple trees could contribute enough fruit to meet the entire city's recommended intake under the most ambitious of nine planting scenarios, with substantial potential to contribute to food security even under more modest scenarios.
Kyle has made a lovely website to help cities and citizens participate in Urban Food Forestry. Resources include a list of current initiatives underway worldwide, an analysis of suitable trees, resources for communities who want to get involved, and more.