about foodplaces

The FoodPlaces team welcomes you to your portal for creating beautifully productive foodscapes!

The of mission of FoodPlaces is to make it ridiculously simple and perfectly acceptable for communities to grow food everywhere!

At Inhabit Earth, we truly believe that our urban forests are capable of so much more!

Yes, they can provide a whole host of ecosystem services [?] that we may be familiar with, but they can also be productive while solving for complex ecosocial challenges and stabilizing climate [?].

Once cities and communities everywhere realize this, then it’s quite likely we will collectively truly begin to value our urban forests and the open spaces needed to grow them.

To begin with, everywhere is in underutilized public spaces, such as medians, right-of-ways, verges, highways, parking lots, public squares and traffic circles…

The toolkit currently enable users to plan foodscapes throughout a good chunk of North America (the US and Canada) although we do plan on expanding globally over the coming years and becoming multilingual!

One morning several years back, Thais Thiesen and Mario Yanez, who had been designing foodscapes for public spaces together for some time read an article that said “fruit trees illegal in public spaces in the City of Miami…”

The article cited various reasons such as, what if someone fell out of a tree while picking fruit, etc. As permaculture designers, Thais and Mario didn’t freak out because they knew that the problem, is always, the solution.

By this point, Mario had been attending Partners in Community Forestry (urban forestry) conferences at the insistence of his good friend Robert Ruano. Here Mario was planting seeds in the minds of everyone he spoke to by asking “Why not food?”

Something clicked! By third year, the term food forests appeared in the USDA/US Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry grant, which Inhabit Earth applied to and was successfully awarded. One of four awards nationally… the other three universities…WOW!

The truth is there are legitimate reasons why people avoid planting food in public spaces and it was our intention to address all of them with this project. So, we assembled a team and began designing the solution to creating foodscapes that no one had to be afraid of, so incredibly easy and acceptable… FoodPlaces is what came out the other end.