7-Acre Food Forest in Seattle


NPR has a story about a 7-acre food forest planned for a park in the middle of Seattle. The Beacon Food Forest will be full of “fruit-bearing perennials — apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries, and more.” And I assume vegetables too?
The group has $100,000 so far and is planning to plant a 1.75-acre test zone of the park by the end of the year. And the most interesting part of this is that the park will be open to the public, so anyone from the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill could come in and pick from the fruit trees in the park. This, of course, brings up questions of how people would act if a park bearing “free food” is open to them. It’s easy to imagine someone who would clean a tree out and then, say, try to sell the produce on the side of the road.
From the article:

According to Herlihy, the only solutions right now are to produce an abundance of fruit so there’s enough for everyone and to embed “thieves’ gardens” with extra plants in the park for those people eager to take more than their share.

Either way, this is a very cool project. Good for you, Seattle.

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2 thoughts on “7-Acre Food Forest in Seattle”

  1. Definitely a cool idea, and one whose time has come. 🙂
    As for free access to the fruit–I think this will be positive on the whole. Here in CA there are plenty of fruit and nut trees everywhere, and yet half the time no one eats the harvest! If the city of Seattle has a good plan to actually harvest what they grow, they’ll be a huge leg up on us.

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