Seattle, WA (April 4, 2013) – Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is a seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood that is being populated with hundreds of different kinds of edible trees and plants–all available for public plucking. A People’s Garden Grant through ACTrees to Seattle-based CityFruit helped with purchase of fruit trees for the Beacon Food Forest, as well as public education and outreach.
The Food Forest will include 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.
Landscapers worked on construction and permit drawings and broke ground in summer of 2012. This is Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, and one of the first of its kind in the nation. According to planners, the concept of a food forest is grounded in the concept of permaculture, meaning it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild.
As part of ACTrees grant, six hands-on public workshops trained more than 80 Beacon Hill residents on various aspects of fruit tree care. It also helped to fund preparation of the site, soil, water, supplies, and some of the tree planting.