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Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

PART 1
Understanding Community Food Forests
1 Community Food Forests on the Rise 17
2 Systems Thinking for Community Food Forests 25
3 Capital Investments in Community Assets 35

PART 2
Meaningful Planning
4 Planning Fundamentals 53
5 Planning to Create Change 71
6 Rooting in History 81
7 The Dr. George Washington Carver Edible Park 95

PART 3
Functional Design
8 The Role of Agroecology 111
9 Allies in Creating and Managing Public Space 121
10 The Basalt Food Park 143

PART 4
Purposeful Community
11 Reflecting on Community 153
12 Building Social Systems 169
13 The Beacon Food Forest 183
14 Collaborative Leadership 197
15 The Bloomington Community Orchard 205

Conclusion: Looking Back, Moving Forward 217

Acknowledgments 229
Appendix: Goals, Visions, and Mission Statements
Associated with Community Food Forests 231
Notes 235
Index 241