The social double benefit

Food of Wood supports the development of ribbon planting in the form of so-called (municipal) food forests. We want to encounter them increasingly in residential and eco-habitats. Especially in the less flourishing neighbourhoods, food forests contribute to both personal and socio-economic added value for the participants. Unmistakably, a somewhat richer afforestation provides an extra grace and experience that the residential object concerned receives free of charge, as it were.


From a purely financial point of view, the green living environment mainly affects higher house prices, which in turn lead to higher WOZ values. The consequence of this is that the municipalities – apart from an attractive residential and living environment – also earn a return on their investments.


The advantage of food forests for the residents is that fatigue is removed sooner and that the resistance to stress increases. A rich green scent, carried by floral colours and offered by Mother Nature, restores the old confidence in our own nature. Our own feelings that so long for freedom gain liveliness through better health. And what is just as important: We see our children enjoy being able to be true children.

The phenomenon of ‘food forest’ also has quite a lot to offer in a socio-cultural sense. In collaboration with specialised programme services, Food of Wood offers opportunities to people who experience their agricultural activities as too small-scale, ‘cross-border’ and cooperative perspectives. The activities that are eligible for this vary from design, planting, forest maintenance, up to and including harvest guidance and the marketing of the products. Volunteers usually line up to roll up their sleeves all year round.
If we assume that ‘profit’ cannot only be expressed in money, the knife cuts both ways.