Apr 15, 2022
“Urban food forests in the American Southwest” with Dr. James Allen.
Food forests are multi-level polycultures where fruit and nut trees, vegetables, shade trees, mushrooms, aquatic plants, and more can all exist in the same urban or rural space. They’re known to have many benefits, both environmentally and socially; however, in more arid climates like the American Southwest, there are a few hurdles urban agroforesters must overcome. In this episode, Dr. Jim Allen discusses a recent survey of Southwestern food forests and how these mini-oases are learning to thrive in more arid climates.
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Video: What an unlikely food oasis can teach us as climate change worsens. Interview with Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, which is set in his indoor and outdoor food forest. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3090101181030966
Video: A Forest Garden With 500 Edible Plants Could Lead to a Sustainable Future. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_m_0UPOzuI
Video: Planting the Rain to Grow Abundance. A TED Talk by Brad Lancaster that addresses issues related to water use in drylands. Brad is the main person behind what I call a dispersed urban/neighborhood food forest in Tucson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2xDZlpInik
Video: How America’s hottest city is trying to cool down. https://www.vox.com/videos/2021/9/20/22683888/sonoran-desert-phoenix-tree-equity
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