The Fruitful Communities Initiative
We're growing more Fruitful Communities by turning lawns around libraries, schools, and community centers into food forests, pollinator gardens, and outdoor classrooms. Join us as we fight climate change, create green jobs, and feed people.
From Earth Day to Earth Day
Since Earth Day 2021, we've reimagined over 130k square feet of lawn, turning ecological dead zones into Productive Urban Landscapes at 6 library locations in DeKalb County.
Fruit trees and native pollinators planted
Square footage converted
Additional resources brought to library communities
Earth Day 2021
Roots Down converted 6 DeKalb County library landscapes from traditional mow, blow, spray to Productive Urban Landscapes.
These Productive Urban Landscapes:
Add plant biodiversity, creating environmentally resilient spaces
Restore soil and ecology
Mitigate stormwater run off
Provide pocket parks and outdoor classrooms
and so much more!
Earth Day 2022
Roots Down worked with Commissioner Terry to introduce the Fruitful Libraries Resolution: a vision and transition plan for all library landscapes (23 libraries!) in DeKalb County.
The Fruitful Libraries Resolution includes:
A plan to convert around 75 acres of public land to Productive Urban Landscapes
Provide green job training to Facilities landscaping vendors
Coordination with library staff to enhance outdoor programming options
Public engagement and education opportunities
and so much more!
With the Fruitful Libraries Resolution, DeKalb County will be a leader in land stewardship and environmental resiliency.
Want to get more involved?
No matter your background, resources, age, or interests, there's somewhere for everyone in the Fruitful Communities Initiative. Here are some ways you can get more involved in the movement.
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