Giving Compass' Take:

• Food Tank explains the benefits of edible landscapes which are created when designers start to incorporate food-producing plants into green spaces to promote more healthy food systems.

•  How will more edible landscapes help urban areas specifically? 

• Read about the importance of maintaining green spaces in communities. 

The turfgrass found in lawns, parks, and schoolyards represents the single largest irrigated crop in the United States. Across the country, turf guzzles up 34 billion liters (nine billion gallons) of water per day, demanding 31 million kilograms (70 million pounds) of pesticides and 757 million liters (200 gallons) of gasoline annually.

Edible landscaping represents a different take on how to design and interact with yards and urban green spaces. With an emphasis on native perennials and food-producing plants, edible landscapes can be a great way to create green space and provide healthy, fresh food.

Replacing just a fraction of traditional lawn with edible landscapes designed around locally appropriate plants would have numerous benefits. Edible landscapes often require little or no additional irrigation or fertilizer, can increase food production potential in cities, and can be a boon to pollinators and ecological diversity.

To celebrate and explore these benefits, Food Tank is featuring 15 organizations from around the world working to create edible landscapes:

  1. Backyard Abundance
  2. Ecologia Design
  3. Edible Estates
  4. Edible Landscapes London
  5. Edible Landscape Project
  6. Foodswell
  7. Home Harvest LLC.
  8. Incredible Edible Network
  9. Maya Mountain Research Farm
  10. Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden
  11. Philadelphia Orchard Project
  12. Sadhana Forest
  13. Sustainable Landscaping Initiative Vancouver
  14. Trees That Feed Foundation
  15. Wayward

Read the full article on these edible organizations by Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank.