OPEN FOOD booklets promote participation in local + urban food systems.


Each booklet in the series introduces a different slice of local food, opening eyes to the importance and possibility of becoming a part of your food system.  Launched with a Kickstarter campaign, the first three booklets are funded.  We are producing 6 to 8 booklets, each about 14 pages long and focused on a different topic. All proceeds from booklets go straight into designing, researching, and printing the next booklet. 

These booklets give you the tools to get engaged, informed, and to take the next steps. We talk about why local and urban food is so important, why different parts of it matter to your community, and then we point you in the direction of more information so you can dig in as deep as you want to go. 

Buy and share a booklet, promote healthy food systems!

#1. Farms & Gardens Build Urban Value

Published March 2014


have you ever needed to explain why urban farms and gardens are important for cities?

As soon as open city spaces are recognized as opportunities to grow urban value through farms and gardens, incredible potential is tapped to bring benefit and add value to neighborhoods and cities. Healthy urban agriculture brings social, economic, and ecological benefit to cities, with typically high returns on investment.

We want this booklet to inspire city officials, non-profits, developers, investors, and other urban influencers to add community gardens, urban farms, and all sorts of food growing spaces into our cities. Farms and gardens can be social public spaces, public health assets, crime prevention projects, municipal cost savers, air purifiers, recreation areas, and job training centers.
— excerpt Vol#1

#2. Landscape to Table: a guide to edible outdoor spaces

Published July 2014

Sponsored by Come Alive Outside, the North Carolina Green Industry Council, and Greenscape Inc.


do you need to show someone that landscapes can be fun, engaging and edible spaces?

Landscapers have the ability to change the way people interact with their environment and with each other. Plant choices, maintenance plans, and conversing with landowners are all ways to connect landscape expertise with people’s outdoor experiences.

One big way to make serious change in people’s outside habits? Bring edible plants into all kin ds of landscapes. Incorporating edibles into landscapes encourages people to spend more time outside, to engage with the environment, to relax and to eat more healthy foods.
— excerpt Vol#2


Booklets are now available at local Raleigh retailers!

now a whole package with bookmarks and homemade seedbombs.