Seattle is about to start building their seven-acre urban feast. In the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, this newly approved park will hold hundreds of different bushes, plants, and trees, all edible — and all free. Pears, chestnuts, blueberries, herbs, you name it, the city is happy to share.
Margaret Harrison, the lead landscape architect for the park, has been quoted as saying ““This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” about the Beacon Food Forest project, while drawing up diagrams and maps to receive all the final permits the park needs. They expect to break ground by the start of summer.
“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison. The park is being planned around the concept of permaculture, which means it has to be self-sustaining and perennial, like a real wild forest.
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