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Seatlle to Build Nation's First Food Forest

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.

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Comment by Heather K on April 17, 2013 at 4:09pm

Jeff W and roving garden volunteers have been networking about a local Grazing Forest Garden on city land, near the Food Bank.  One question is how we can obtain water to the site.  Jeff will communicate with Patrick in the future.   For collaboration, consider contact Jeff through the Sustainable Bellingham site http://www.sustainablebellingham.org/projects/

Or we can brainstorm/plan next time we are sharing a meal & ideas!

Comment by Paul Kuepfer on April 5, 2013 at 6:44pm

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