C’ville Foodscapes is a worker-owned, edible landscaping cooperative that transforms lawns into beautiful, abundant, low-maintenance, edible oases at the residential, neighborhood, and community scale.
We believe that everyone has the right to grow and eat good food. By growing food in the spaces where we live, work, and play, we demystify agriculture, rebuild relationships between people and the land, and help folks reclaim their power in the food system.
Since 2010, we have assisted the design, installation, and maintenance of over 100 edible landscapes. These gardens simultaneously grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, and flowers while helping regenerate the land. They harvest and utilize rainwater, build soil, and provide habitat for beneficial insects and animals, creating abundance both for human communities and the environments they’re tied to.
Drawing from both the ethics and principles of permaculture, we are committed to meeting real human need at an affordable price.
“Permaculture is the conscious design of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.”
– Bill Mollison, coiner of the word Permaculture
Permaculture involves observation-based design of our local environments to meet our basic human needs (nourishing food, potable water, comfortable shelter, and supportive community) in ways that ensure that biodiversity, natural resources, beauty, communal and personal health, are not only sustained but actively regenerated. By mimicking and participating in the natural processes of the landscape, we can design for abundance, beauty, community, connection, health, productivity, resilience, flexibility, and joy for ourselves and for our grandchildren as well. Beyond sustainability, permaculture works in the spirit of thriving.
A worker-owned cooperative is a business entity that is owned and controlled by the people who work in it. These cooperatives uphold the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, and solidarity. Each worker-owner invests equally in the business and has an equivalent voice in all decisions made.
In a worker cooperative, workers have an immediate stake in their local environment, as well as the power to do business in a way that directly benefits the community. We believe that using a cooperative business structure is an integral part of larger movements for economic justice, social change, and ultimately, a more sustainable world.
For more information, check out the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.