Posted by: MM | February 23, 2012

Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

Harrison Design - The completed plans for the Beacon Food ForestFrom Crosscut
“After nearly three years of planning, Beacon Hill residents are breaking ground on what will be the nation’s largest public food forest…

The entire project will be built around the concept of permaculture — an ecological design system,  philosophy,  and set of ethics and principles used to create perennial,  self-sustaining landscapes and settlements that build ecological knowledge and skills in communities. The concept of  a food forest is a core concept of permaculture design derived from  wild food  ecosystems, where land often becomes forest if left to its  own devices. In a food  forest, everything from the tree canopy to the  roots is edible or useful in some way.

“If this is successful,” explains Margarett Harrison, the lead  landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest, “it is going to set such  a precedent for the city of Seattle, and for the whole Northwest.”

She may be understating it. There is no other project of Beacon Food  Forest’s scale and design on public land in the United States — a forest  of food, for the people, by the people…”

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From Take Part
Seattle’s new park will be “filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking…. 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…”

“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…. 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.”

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