It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

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I came across this article through a friend, gave it a read and thought to myself, “this is what the shift is all about”. The article discusses how Seattle is to build the Nation’s first “Food Forest”. 7 acres of organic perennial permaculture contained of hundreds of various plant edibles such as fruit trees, nut trees, berry bushes and more. It is going to be designed to be 100% sustainable and a self generating permanent equilibrium of agriculture (hence the name permaculture). It will also be accessible and free to all. Although there are many belief systems that we need to dissolve in order for a project like this to be implemented on a global scale, it is a great start. It’s amazing to see ideas like this come to fruition and it’s a direction that is necessary to take for us to work our way back to communal, peaceful living with sustenance for all and global harmony. It is beneficial for all and is based on overall health benefit in being organic produce. One step closer to manifesting a new world. The doors are being opened for us, it’s now time to walk through them!

‘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.

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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  1. this is so rad! definitely going to see if I can become involved this summer

  2. Silvia

    it stings in my heart that such “things” are nesessary, and that not all o our foods come from such places. or even better that the earth is a good shape so we can grow fruits en vegies everywhere!

  3. Elizabeth

    Starhawk’s book “The Fifth Sacred Thing” is finally coming true! Sadly, in both ways and not just the good one… Well, this awesome! I’m only 4 hours away! Totally worth it. :)

  4. Don’t plant walnuts. Takes too long to get an edible nut, and the trees poison the soil with Hydro-Juglans, a biological pesticide designed to deter other trees.

    Everything else is good though. BTW, sunflower seeds ARE edible, but sunflowers produce their own poison. Best avoided.

  5. Watch for Monsanto they won’t like you not eating their poisons.

    • Vera Lynn

      exactly my thoughts.

    • Leslie Parker

      Watch out for Monsanto, they may take the ride there to contaminate with their GMO seed so they can sue and shut this down.

      • Ralph Parus

        Monsanto wont like the food forest idea at all if it doesnt include GMO seed.

  6. Dave Miller

    Sounds wonderful. However, just wondering what exactly is “first” about this? There are already several people who are growing forest gardens. Could you specify what exactly is unique about this garden and project? Is it that it’s a public garden on public property? Just curious.

    • David

      The CITY is doing it,
      not just people on their own land.

  7. David

    Now to see what kind of lawsuits or how many big money government officials try to shut this down because the Monsanto POS’ aren’t getting their greedy hands on this. Next thing you know, it won’t be organic it will be growing 100% GMO foods.

  8. Davi Oliveira

    That’s nice! Just one thought of mine: they have to study and plan very well the interaction between species, or else we will see another Fordland-like story.

  9. Bonnie Fallahi

    I would love to become involved, with my daughter and grandson!

  10. Joseph Pina


  11. Monsanto could legally place GMO’s right next door if they wanted to, thanks to them buying the government yet again… Let’s just hope that doesn’t happen… Food Forests are an awesome idea…

  12. Jackie

    No chemtrails flying over Seattle then???

  13. ken kennemur

    How Corny and gay

    • I think there will be corn planted….and yes, gay and merry it shall be. Nice observation Ken! :)

  14. Leanne

    Corny and gay???

  15. Sandy Pants

    The only concern I have (besides the Government and Monsanto trying to sue or shut it down) is that people will get greedy and take more than they need. Who’s to stop someone from picking a shit ton of fruits and veggies and turn around to sell them at the local farmers market? I think some sort of regulation would help with this issue. Other than that, I think it’s an amazing idea!

  16. Sara

    I do have a little lot in Mexico and ill def do this with it. I hope people gets the idea to design private properties

  17. Sara

    To do this with out the government interfering. I’ll help the community but the community has to help me to

  18. Sharon DeMedeiros

    The people who work for Monsanto will be the first people standing at the gates to collect this clean food for their families to eat. You dont think THEY are eating GMOs, do you?

  19. How wonderful! It would be great if more places could do something like this.


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