Whole Trees Architecture and Construction

Community-supported forest

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About the project Edit

Launched in 2009 by Whole Trees Architecture and Construction—which uses small-diameter, un-milled timbers as a local, green structural building alternative—the Community Supported Forest is a project where members pay an annual contribution in exchange for the right to enjoy many of the experiences and products the forest has to offer.

For an annual membership fee of USD 550, members of Driftless Farm's Community Supported Forest get access to the abundance of a 140-acre sustainable forest along with activities, services and workshops. Fresh spring water, herbs and the opportunity to hike, explore and scavenge firewood are all among the benefits to which members have unlimited access, while selective access is provided to sustainably milled lumber, wild mushrooms, garden plots, camping, hunting and delivery of both spring water and firewood. Workshops for members, meanwhile, include beer brewing using sustainably grown hops and barley, beekeeping, maple syrup tapping and the art of finding wild edibles.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The concept of people buying shares of a forest is a unique application of the community-supported model. Although a few landowners offer Community Supported Forestry as a way people can obtain sustainably grown and harvested wood, Amelia Baxter and Roald Gundersen, the forest owner, say that they haven't heard of any other effort than theirs that offers as many resources to subscribers.

The Community Supported Forest is based on the concept of community supported agriculture -- in which farms and vegetable gardens sell produce directly to members who pay an annual subscription.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The subscription model helps to keep local forests thriving in addition to helping people have access to local woodlands.

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