The US city of Seattle has plans for a ‘food forest’ for the city. It wants to make blueberry picking a neighbourly activity.
Permaculture And Foraging
It IS great to pick food growing in a backyard and the vision of a food forest was first developed in 2009 as a final project for a permaculture design class. Seattle plans to develop a 7 acre public plot into a food forest, right in the middle of the city.
The idea is to give members of the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill the chance to pick plants scattered throughout the park – now called the Beacon Food Forest. It will feature fruit-bearing perennials — apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and more.
How Did This Come About?
After some community outreach efforts, local support came pouring in for the idea.
The Friends of Beacon Food Forest community group received a $22,000 grant to hire a certified designer for the project.
Seattle Public Utilities offered the 7 acre plot, which could make it the largest urban food forest on public land in the US.
The group is currently working with $100,000 in seed money to set up the first phas, a 1.75 acre test zone to be planted by the end of the year. After a few years, if that section is deemed successful by the city, the remaining acreage will be converted to food trees.