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
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.
“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects,
bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says
That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What
started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a
textbook example of community outreach gone right. Read More