‘It’s like a place of healing’: the growth of America’s food forests

view down a dirt road in an apple ‘It’s like a place of healing’: the growth of America’s food forests
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There are more than 70 ‘food forests’ in the US as part of a growing movement to tackle food insecurity and promote urban agriculture America’s biggest “food forest” is just a short drive from the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, but there is a relative calm as you wander through the gravel paths that weave through its fertile 7.1 acres (2.8 hectares). When the Guardian visits the Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill there are around a dozen volunteers working on a warm morning. Among them are a mother and son clearing weeds from a secluded area soon to become a yoga and meditation space. “I wanted to help,” Rina Saborio said. “I thought it was a really cool opportunity for the community.” Hundreds of volunteers have come before them in Atlanta, and thousands at similar schemes across the US. Food forests are part of the broader food justice and urban agriculture movement and are distinct from community gardens in various ways. They are typically backed by grants rather than renting plots, usually rely on volunteers and incorporate a land management approach that has a focus on growing perennials. The schemes vary in how they operate in allocating food […]

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