Catherine Bukowski, Community Food Forest Handbook


Catherine Bukowski is a researcher, author, educator and consultant. She is also a PhD candidate in the College of Natural Resources and the Environment at Virginia Tech, where her research has focused on the design and management of community food forests across the United States. She holds a graduate certificate in Collaborative Community Leadership and her research particularly focused on the social dimensions of community food forests by applying the Community Capitals Framework to her data analysis. Catherine has worked internationally and domestically in sustainable land use and natural resource management, agroforestry, permaculture and project planning to strengthen communities. She previously co-coordinated a forest farming virtual community for the online Cooperative Extension network and now sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Temperate Agroforestry. In response to the gap in literature on urban food forestry, Catherine and her advisor have translated her dissertation research into the book: The Community Food Forest Handbook: How to Plan, Organize, and Nurture Edible Gathering Places. More information on community food forests and ordering of the book is available on Catherine’s website: