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.
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.
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.