Published on October 6th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
Beacon Food Forest
Seattle has built a long-standing reputation of being one of the greenest cities in America. It is no wonder, then, that the city has undertaken the nation’s first-ever public food forest. Located 2.5 miles outside the city center, Beacon Food Forest will provide Seattle with bountiful fruit, vegetables, legumes, and nuts – providing locally sourced food and educational seminars on food politics and agriculture – all free to the public. The seven-acre food forest is located to the west of Jefferson Park in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
One of their mottos, “Growing Food. Growing Community” speaks well to the mission of the project, which began with their first large donation from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Neighborhood Matching Fund in 2010. Since then, the project has gained momentum from the community and funders. The vision started becoming reality with a design team led by landscape architect Margarett Harrison and permaculture designer Jenny Pell. The Beacon Food Forest now has a strong team of dedicated workers who are passionate about spreading the gifts of local food to the community. They encourage volunteers to get involved and contribute. Click here to find out more information.
The Beacon Food Forest has admirable goals that aim to counteract some of our nations major environmental and social issues: improve public health, reduce climate impact, and improve the security of our food supply. The project is an inspiration to cities worldwide and gives hope that other communities will follow suit.