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Food forest in the heart of the city

3rd July 2013

Seattle residents have now the opportunity to harvest fresh vegetables and fruit for free in the Beacon Food Forest – designed by landscape architect Harrison Design and conveniently located right in the middle of the city. A food forest is similar to a typical woodland ecosystem but instead of the usual greens you would find in a forest, this substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals; all managed with the permaculture design system and philosophy to create a model of a self-sustaining natural ecosystem with many different species growing in the same plot.

Works started in June 2012 funded by a neighbourhood grant and the first phase is now completed covering 0.8 ha of donated public lands. However, in seven years time BeaconFoodForest hopes to overlay a vast area of 2.8 ha.

Planning of how Beacon Food Forest will look like in 7 years time. Picture courtesy of Harrison Design

Planning of how Beacon Food Forest will look like in 7 years time. Picture courtesy of Harrison Design

This innovative urban agriculture model will include not only the edible arboretum; but a teaching space; community gardening plots where families can grow their own food; and recreational areas including playgrounds and a barbeque area. All of these areas will definitely provide a platform to spread ecological knowledge and skills within the Seattle community.

On the 23rd of June Beacon Food Forest held the first Bees teaching lessons. Courtesy of Beacon Food Forest.

On the 23rd of June Beacon Food Forest held the first Bees teaching lessons. Courtesy of Beacon Food Forest.

Find out more about this pioneering project here.

The European Green Capital Award strongly encourages innovative approaches to building a sustainable urban environment. This is why we are delighted to see this kind of project which uses a range of activities to reach communities and encourage green living.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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