A new park in Seattle will become a food forest comprised of hundreds of edible plants from berries, walnuts and herbs to pineapple and guava. It will all be available for public picking to anyone walking into the site.
The Beacon Food Forest is designed to grow edible plants that are also beneficial to the local soil and ecosystem. Fruit and nut trees will be in the upper level and berry shrubs and edible perennials will be below. The whole forest will cover about seven acres, including some facilities such as a sheltered classroom, a gazebo and recreational areas. Workshops will be offered in the new food forest on fruit tree care, plant identification and food preservation such as canning and drying.
Initially there were public meetings to discuss how the space could be used. “They wanted everything from bees, to classrooms, to gardens, to kids’ playgrounds, bikes racks, fruit trees (lots of fruit trees and berries), and open space,” explained Jenny Pell, one of the co-founders. (Source: CrossCut) This land parcel has been a sloping lawn owned by the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) for about a century.
Research has shown urban gardens have a tremendous untapped potential to feed millions of people.
You can follow the Beacon Food Forest by reading their updates on FaceBook.
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