Food forests, a new urban space on the rise

 

Atlanta and Philadelphia are two American cities spearheading the introduction of a new urban element: the food forest. An amped up version of community gardens, food forests are large parks planted with hundreds of fruit-bearing trees and edible plants that visitors are allowed to gather for free for their own consumption. Food forests are particularly suitable for neighborhoods where it isĀ  difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. BesidesĀ being a food source for visitors, food forests can serve as a source for local food banks; a habitat for bees, birds and other wildlife; an education and enrichment tool; and a workforce and leadership skills development space.

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