7 acres in a Seattle neighborhood are going to be a food forest, thanks to the dedicated work of community groups. They will break ground this summer (2012). What is a food 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 will be a public park, open to anyone.
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... "The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other."
This is amazing and I hope more start to pop up in urban centers all over the country. They think it's the first of its kind. And of course, they've considered the fact that someone may come and get greedy, but that's one of the hazards. Read more about how this came about: