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Full Version: It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest
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http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/...ood-forest

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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This is great.

If anyone out there has the ability to create websites from scratch. (I don't) I would like to share with you an idea up for grabs that I have always wished was out there pertaining to this subject.

The websites purpose is to organize and facilitate altruistic gardeners to plant and maintain permaculture in open space. It would be like a to do list, with a voting system, and integrated google kml files and downloadable GPS coordinates. After a while these places would be self sustained food forests that would require zero maintenance.

The overall vision would be to see the general public doing allot more hiking and creating beautiful open space oasis communities connected by hiking trails. Think Willi Wonka's Chocolate Factory, but outdoors, and replaced with fruit tree's, vegetables and herbs. These forests would have an abundance of insects to support a broader range of range of wildlife, hence supporting human life.

These communities would help crush TPTB, by taking the commodity of food crucial to human life, and making those resources local, untaxed, and free to all who are willing to get off their ass and take a hike once in a while. Would some people sell this food? Yes, and they will get ***** for it, but either way it will be cheaper and the national markets will be forced to compete, and eventually destroyed with a further benefit creating less pollution.

If this interests anyone who has the capabilities of creating this organizational tool. PM me, I have ton's of details for this website. It's already created in my head. I encourage people to daydream about the idea of food forests in general, as we are all antennas and rub off of each other psychically. Most inventions get created at the same time by different people at different locations and just thinking about it helps get it created. (Our thoughts create our reality.)
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