The Fruitful City: The Enduring Power of the Urban Food Forest


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ECW Press
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5.1 X 0.8 X 8.0 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Helena Moncrieff is a writer, professor, former radio journalist, and lifelong city dweller. Her writing has appeared in Best Health magazine, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and many in-house publications. Her freezer is full of fruit collected from other people's backyards. She lives in Toronto.


"Moncrieff eloquently reminds readers of the bounty and beauty that surround them." -- Publishers Weekly (online)

"What a lovely reminder that cities are agricultural landscapes! These stories are rich evidence of the delicious connection that is available to us when we lift our eyes and look out to our yards and parks for nourishment. Helena's encouragement to trust and indulge in the urban harvest is an inspiring narrative that broadens our understanding of the local food movement." -- Joshna Maharaj, chef, writer and activist

"The Fruitful City takes us on a walk into Toronto's secret orchards and gardens and discovers a city of food. Moncrieff introduces us to people who take care of the urban bounty today and shows how the community connections growing food fosters can help create a more resilient urban future in Toronto and beyond." -- Shawn Micallef, author of Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness and The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class and the Pursuit of Leisure

"Gardening can be a powerful way to build community. Moncrieff's stories show how urban fruit growing and picking is often as much about community as it is about the fruit itself." -- Farm, Food, Garden newsletter

"This inventive investigation into the urban fruit tree surprises and delights as much as it educates, all while having an accessible and entertaining conversation with the reader." -- Local Love