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    Quote It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest
    Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

    By Clare Leschin-Hoar February 21, 2012
    http://www.takepart.com/article/2012...st-food-forest
    Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: 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. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.

    “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.

    The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

    “The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.

    That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.

    “Friends of the Food Forest undertook heroic outreach efforts to secure neighborhood support. The team mailed over 6,000 postcards in five different languages, tabled at events and fairs, and posted fliers,” writes Robert Mellinger for Crosscut.

    Neighborhood input was so valued by the organizers, they even used translators to help Chinese residents have a voice in the planning.

    So just who gets to harvest all that low-hanging fruit when the time comes?

    “Anyone and everyone,” says Harrison. “There was major discussion about it. People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’ That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”
    Many times have I driven down the freeway and seen plenty of land along the roadside and parkland that is planted in a very perfunctory fashion. How easy would it be to plant fruit trees in all of these vacant areas, I often mused to myself. Then passers by could simply stop and pick some fruit for their journey. I applaud this effort by the city of Seattle.

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    Wonderful news. A similar experiment is underway in a village in England and proving successful. It gives me so much hope for the future. Thanks for this great news

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    I hope the food forest concept goes viral asap! Bodes well for our future.

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    Now that's what I call collective problem solving. My hubby and I were just talking about the green state of Seattle.

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    Great news ! Thank you.

    I can see a lot of action around the planet still it is a bit slow but progressing in Sweden I think it will hapen a lot this year
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    Looks like Anastasias dream is taking hold, slowly yet maybe 2012 is the year it will accelerate in pace...

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    Quote Posted by Mitm (here)
    Looks like Anastasias dream is taking hold, slowly yet maybe 2012 is the year it will accelerate in pace...
    I think we can se the beginning of something new !

    The transition movment is growing rapid and it is amazing times !

    In Gothenburg the curch is giving the lawn for people to grow food on and rigtht now the pigs are turning the turf LOL
    They figured that its not a good thing to have a lawnmover to go around for many hours just to keep the gras down the land can be used much better.
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    What we think we become. A Domain of Calling Forth. This is awesome news. Thanks T.E.
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    Outstanding news! Thanks Guy.

    It is part of my vision to create hundreds of large scale food and medicine forests worldwide. Try to keep these words in mind. Bio-diversity, gene banks, sustainable, very low maintenance, all countries, all climates.

    Here are examples of two old and two new food forests.



    Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5ZgzwoQ-ao




    Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hftgWcD-1Nw




    Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gPvsl9ni-4




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    G'day All,

    Thank you TelosianEmbrace for the thread.

    This is one element of how I see a future village/city maintaining a natural local food source for its human inhabitants.
    Another would be collective gardens in which individuals work together to grow food to sustain themselves and produce excess for their neighbours (as in the English village Lisab was referencing).
    Community supported agriculture, in which consumers have a direct relationship with the supplying farmers (ie no "middle man"), is another.

    What is needed, in my opinion, for a large urban area to successfully operate this sort of program, is the removal (or drastic limitation) of petroleum based vehicles. The reason I say this is because of the pollution that the vehicles produce, in particular the "heavy metals", so the crops are not producing a residual build up of toxins in those eating them and to improve the soil fertility of the urban region. This is more related to root crops, leafy greens and herbs (fruits not so much).

    A good introduction article to air-borne contaminants, in relation to fruit trees, can be found here:
    http://communityorchard.ca/orchards-...wn-fruit-safe/

    Excellent video links Cjay. You beat me to it again. Do you never sleep?
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    Quote Posted by panopticon (here)
    Excellent video links Cjay. You beat me to it again. Do you never sleep?
    haha, not nearly enough
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    I'm lovin' this story, and the other food forest stories. This is something that each of us can and should do - use our local power to influence our local communities to do this.

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    I totally agree!

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    If this catches on watch for a false flag health crisis that will shut it down. They can't have people with access to real food! It's not in the plan, man.

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    Quote Posted by conk (here)
    If this catches on watch for a false flag health crisis that will shut it down. They can't have people with access to real food! It's not in the plan, man.
    Their "plan" is being undone...at an about to BE 'ultra-accelerated' modus operandi never before experienced or taken hold on Mother Earth!

    We are Crossing the Rubicon, Now : )

    http://www.cityfarmer.info/2012/01/1...t-food-garden/

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    Quote Posted by Dennis Leahy (here)
    I'm lovin' this story, and the other food forest stories. This is something that each of us can and should do - use our local power to influence our local communities to do this.

    Dennis
    Or even, do it yourself. I was living in a rented house with a couple of flatmates, one of whom was very into permaculture and had his own veggie patch out the back. I decided to pull up the whole front lawn, and grow veggies. I even planted a fruit tree! In the middle of this rather posh suburb was a front yard full of veggies! Let me see... potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peas, beans... It was so rewarding to eat an evening meal and most of it had come out of the garden.

    I wonder if a group of people just descended on a public park and started to cultivate fruit and veggies in one corner...

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    I am all so getting my veg patch going. Love the thread

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    I am planting nuts and fruit seeds and have even ordered some seeds like pawpaw and persimmon that might do just fine here in Sweden too
    Lol the problem is that I dont have any land so I guess lol that I just plant them on some nica spots on someone elses land !
    In Sweden it is leagal to pick berrys an fruit in the forrest on someone elses land so lol ... I just plant what I like to pick in the future... in the forrest
    The forrests along the coust is planted to stop the wind so they are not used in any particular way more than hunting deers 1 a year.

    And yes I may use some land that belong to a friend that I can use to grow my and Jorrs veggis and the green onions are just breaking the surfice inside to be put out later.
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