Helping government do more.
Fruitful Communities is a proven climate action plan that helps state, county, and local governments establish regenerative food systems through planning and design consulting, training, Productive Urban Landscape (PUL) education, and ongoing community outreach.
Fruitful Communities provides a framework for you to convert all those grassy, resource-intensive public spaces and convert them to Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs) that provide your community with green jobs, a regenerative solution to food insecurity, and a community outreach and education platform for underserved and underprivileged youth.
The green jobs revolution is here, and with more federal and state investment than ever before, Fruitful Communities provides city and county governments with the chance to grow green collar jobs locally, while also providing residents with beautiful, edible, and productive spaces.
Fruitful Communities brings your community together through shared projects, spaces, and a powerful community outreach and education platform. Activate the eco-conscious residents in your area to build better spaces and create engaged and energized community leaders.
The Three Pillars.
Our plans are built around the three equally important pillars of Fruitful Communities: Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs), the Grower Program, and the #GreenHive youth program.
Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs)
The lifeblood of Fruitful Communities are Productive Urban Landscapes, spaces that are edible and ecologically vital, resilient, and regenerative. We combine permaculture techniques and the tenets of new urbanism to lay out a framework for your community to convert your most resource-intensive greenspaces into oases that nurture the soul, the body, and the environment.
The Grower Program is a suite of educational initiatives that ensure government employees, residents, and private landscapers have the capacity to design, build, and maintain ecologically sound landscapes. We work directly with local schools, community colleges, and universities to ensure the entire community has access to 21st century ecological knowledge.
The youth are the future, which is why we've developed the #GreenHive, a leadership and educational platform for eco-conscious teens and college students. #GreenHivers have free access to a host of educational and action-oriented tools for developing their own local chapters, working with local officials, and developing community garden projects.
What you get.
Every Fruitful Communities plan is designed around the specific needs of your community or organization. Here are the steps we take to ensure every plan is built for success.
Assessment & Outreach
We work with government officials, community leaders, and constituents to identify existing resources and find the best opportunities.
Planning & Drafting
We turn the assessment into a custom plan that identifies and designs pilot programs, and builds policy proposals to make it last.
We oversee the implementation of the plan, bringing together the supplies, contractors, city employees, and volunteers required to bring the pilot projects to life.
Education & Training
We spread the word about the Fruitful Communities initiative to residents and stakeholders, refine government policies, and train government employees and vendors.
Fruitful Communities Resources
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Can Urban Agriculture solve job and food insecurity?
Yes! One of the best parts of the Fruitful Communities plan is that it solves for three key issues all governments have: food insecurity, job growth, and community engagement. By converting grassy, resource-intensive spaces into Productive Urban Landscapes, communities can create shared places that create good green collar jobs, provide ample food for struggling residents, and an education and community activation location. To see Fruitful Communities in action, download our free eBook "Climate Change Strategies for Government," which includes our case study about Clarkston, GA.
What is a Productive Urban Landscape (PUL)?
Productive Urban Landscapes, at their core, are places with soul, places that use natural processes to minimize work and inputs and maximize everything that makes nature great. PULs are landscapes that promote 3 simple elements: Food, Ecology, and Community. They are dynamic landscapes that integrate some elements of traditional landscaping (like organized planting patterns and areas to sit, eat, and play) but bring in elements of the natural world (like biodiversity, pollinator habitats, etc.) and plants that provide us with food (like veggies, berries, and fruit trees). PULs can help heal our lands and feed both our bodies and our souls.
How can I bring Roots Down to my city?
If you'd like to see a Fruitful Communities plan implemented in your community, reach out to us and let's chat!
What is Urban Agriculture?
At its heart, urban agriculture is simply agriculture in urban areas. Although it’s a relatively new term, urban agriculture has been around for as long as we’ve had urban areas. Whether it’s a fruit tree, small garden, herbs in a windowsill, backyard chickens, flowers, or just a good ole pile of compost, there is a long history of urban agriculture, even if we didn’t define it that way. However, when we dig a bit deeper, there are a lot of significant differences between agriculture and urban agriculture.