Robby Astrove

Food Access Lab Resident 2015

Fruit Orchard Project - Atlanta Orchards

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Mission

Fruit Forward Orchard’s mission is to invest in orchards to feed, teach, and inspire a better quality of life in Atlanta.

Summary

Fruit Forward Orchards is an urban agriculture non-profit which seeks to provide fruit tree orchards, training, and education to people living in Atlanta’s food desert communities. To date, Robby has planted about 60 orchards. Fruit Forward Orchards also provides training on how to care for and maintain fruit trees to help communities continue to access fresh and affordable food.

Experience

Robby Astrove is an arborist and environmental educator specializing in conservation education, native plant ecology, and urban agriculture. Robby has worked for over 15 years with youths and adults to protect urban ecosystems, wetlands, and wilderness. For three years Robby was the Education Coordinator at Trees Atlanta where he directed youth and adult programs focused on urban forestry restoration and environmental education. Prior to Trees Atlanta, he worked in the Florida Everglades as an educator, survey technician, and researcher for non-profits, universities, and environmental consultants. Currently, Robby is the Park Ranger at the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, a DeKalb County Preserve protecting more than 2,500 acres of forests, wetlands, and unique rock outcrop communities where he leads stewardship projects, interpretative hikes, and volunteer activities. He has a B.S in Environmental Studies & Interdisciplinary Social Science from Florida State University and received his Masters from Western Washington University/North Cascades Institute in Environmental Education and Non-Profit Administration.

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