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.
“Anyone and everyone,” says Harrison. “There was major discussion about it. People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’
That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”
Originally posted by igor_ats
Originally posted by Unity_99
Well, great idea but it needs to be everyoens front and back yard too, whole apartment buildings, (which are always designed poorly. If I was planning things, they would be roomy and well soundproofed for the kids and their little tempers that occasionally fire off, with tons of green space). But then decent and bountiful housing would be considered a right of all people.
Instead, most cities actively prevent you from gardening in your front yard.
So alot more food growing, in general, everywhere, and green space, plants purifying toxins in water systems, all over people counting, not never ending maxmimizing of profit, everywhere, is the way to go.
Originally posted by Cootie
I guess nobody in Seattle likes Blackberries. I went to see my brother who lives up there and was amazed by all the blackberries growing wild everywhere. I did not see one person picking them except myself and my mother. We took as much as we could get into her RV freezer to make jelly when she got home. We got a few looks like we were nuts for picking berries off the side of the roads but hey, back home in the grocery stores they can be pricey. What a waste.