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You’ve heard of farm to table. Coming soon: park to table. This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are encouraged to harvest and eat, for free.
....Built around the concept of permaculture, it will be a perennial, self-sustaining landscape, much like a woodland ecosystem in the wild. Companion plants included for natural soil-enhancement and pest-control will help lower the amount of maintenance needed.
“The idea of planting perennials as part of a self-sustaining, holistic system is old hat to many accomplished gardeners,” writes Claire Thompson for Grist, and groups like San Francisco’s Guerrilla Grafters have already dazzled us with novel ways to promote urban agriculture. “But,” continues Thompson, “creating a system on public land that combines the concepts of urban farms, orchards, and natural forest, and depending on collaborative community effort to keep it going, represents uncharted territory for the now-flourishing urban-farming movement.”
apples and blueberries, herbs and vegetables, chestnuts and walnuts, persimmons and Asian pears. Read more: www.utne.com...
What a great idea and about time unused city lots were put to good use. I would love to see the list of plants they intend to establish. I've read on permaculture but choosing the right plants for the environment and soil type are crucial.
Originally posted by theubermensch
reply to post by soficrow
That is so awesome. Governments could do so more stuff like this. I have read that Seattle has many living in tent cities and homeless. This would be something that could help these people empower themselves.
Originally posted by AnotherHumanBeing
reply to post by Chrisfishenstein
"One idiot person will ruin it for everyone....Guaranteed!! "
agree! - Fact of life and it will alwyas be the same there is always a knob head to come ruin it