The Beacon Food Forest is an Edible Garden Full of Free Food in Seattle

February 28, 2012

The Beacon Food Forest is an ambitious edible garden project in Seattle that aims to provide free food for anyone who wants it. The seven-acre permaculture forest project is located in Beacon Hill and will eventually contain plants and trees that yield berries, apples, pears, walnuts, chestnuts and persimmon.

The Beacon Food Forest is thought to be the first edible garden of its kind. Its mission is to "design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem." Do you think the idea would do well in other cities?

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T jackson's picture

What an awesome concept!!!
Kudos to everyone involved...such an inspiring project that I hope spreads like wildfire!!

Kelda Miller's picture

Yay for Seattle for taking this on! There are a smattering of Food Forest in other cities, actually Tacoma is planning one too, but it's great that the Beacon project is generating much-needed conversation about how exciting this and how to make it work.

I was one of the teachers in the Permaculture course that hatched the idea and original design for this project. If anyone is interested in learning more about Food Forests and permaculture we're planning a Permaculture course in the Puget Sound area in June:

Andrea's picture

Your aim is to provide free food.The Beacon Food Forest is thought to be the first edible garden of its kind.:D That was such an awesome task!

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