Public Food Forest

Yesterday we posted on the innovation taken by making a park under   Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Well from Lowline we move now to the first public food forest.

What does that mean for you and me? For the now the city of Seattle has taken the initiative to re-design parks as we know it. Imagine taking a brisk walk along the path of your local park and from left to right the park is planted with hundreds of varieties of edible plants, herbs, berry bushes (such as honeyberries and lingonberries) and fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and exotics such as pineapple, yuzu citus and guava. Oh and they are free for the taking…

A word from the lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, Margaret Harrison ;“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park. The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs — everything will be mutually beneficial to each other.”

This however does raise the question if its free for the taking what is to stop greedy people from not sharing with the rest of the population ,but from the viewpoint of the planners, it would be far worse if any of the food went to waste. If all the fruit and berries were harvested, then in the eyes of the forest planners, this would be a complete success.

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