Helping government do more.
Fruitful Communities is a proven climate action plan that helps state, county, and local governments, and mid-sized developers 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 permanent 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), regenerative policies, and urban agriculture.
Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs)
The lifeblood of Fruitful Communities are Productive Urban Landscapes, spaces that are edible and ecologically vital, resilient, and regenerative. By building off of permaculture techniques and the tenets of new urbanism, we 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.
No plan is complete without putting the policies in place that will ensure long term success. That's why every Fruitful Communities plan we build comes with a comprehensive suite of policy proposals that will set your community on the path to sustainable abundance, regenerative solutions to food and job insecurity, and a sustainable maintenance schedule.
One of the most important ways to reduce food insecurity, engage the community, and provide green collar jobs is by building a robust urban agriculture infrastructure. Fruitful Communities plans include plans, structures, and leadership on organizing your community's existing urban agriculture network and growing a strong feedback loop of growers, distributers, and non-profit organizations.
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.
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.
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.