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It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest (The 2012 Scenario)


Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.

The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation. 

“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.

Read more at The 2012 Scenario

once again, Seattle gets all the cool shit! Hopefully this’ll catch on.

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  1. thedirtyvirgin reblogged this from petitedeath and added:
    The Kapayo do this!
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  4. petitedeath reblogged this from shadyoaks and added:
    Im so insanely excited about this! Hopefully it goes well, though im not sure how the exotic plants are going to do…
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