The city of Seattle has donated 7 acres of land and granted more than $100,000 toward planting a “food forest” just 2.5 miles from downtown. The edible forest will function as an ecosystem while growing a wide array of fruits, vegetables, herbs and nuts. According to this Fast Company story, the Beacon Hill Food Forest is set to become the largest forageable space in the U.S. (I wonder who tracks those stats?)
The Beacon Hill neighborhood is driving the planning and design of the forest, which promises to provide a new source of local food in the city. The group has planted 35 trees so far and plans to start producing food next year. The forest will also include teaching space, community garden plots and recreational areas.