This site explores the growing use of fruit and nut trees as a means to enhance food security, quality of life, and ecosystem services in urban communities. There has been a proliferation of such initiatives throughout cities and towns around the world over the past decade, and steadily growing interest among urban planners and decision makers.
Urban food forestry encapsulates a variety of initiatives ranging from public edible landscapes (drawing from permaculture, forest gardening, agroforestry, etc.), to web-based mapping of urban food plants, to volunteer gleaning initiatives that donate urban fruit to local food banks. This site keeps track of these initiatives, and related research.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or if your municipality is seeking consultation on food forest design and implementation.
Clark KH and Nicholas KA. 2013. Introducing urban food forestry: a multifunctional approach to increase food security and provide ecosystem services. Landscape Ecology
Poe MR, McLain RJ, Emery M, and Hurley PT. 2013. Urban Forest Justice and the Rights to Wild Foods, Medicines, and Materials in the City. Human Ecology 41(3):409-422
McLain R, Poe M, Hurley PT, Lecompte-Mastenbrook J, and Emery MR. 2012. Producing edible landscapes in Seattle's urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 11:187-194
An ongoing compilation of urban fruit tree planting, mapping, and harvesting initiatives.
Information on urban fruit tree species, with links to databases and matrices to assist municipalities and decision makers