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Seattle’s Food Forest

April 29, 2013

Apparently Seattle is moving forward on plans to build a permanent food forest on a seven-acre plot of land in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. The plan is to fill the forest with edible plants and trees: walnuts, chestnuts, blueberries and raspberries, and a wide variety of fruit trees and herbs, all free for the taking. Plans currently call for breaking ground on the project this summer. The forest is intended to be perennial and self-sustaining.

In a sense, the Seattle project represents the next step in urban agriculture. It draws on traditional of popular resistance, including guerrilla gardening, as well as broader movements to revitalize urban areas through community gardening. I’ll certainly be following the project with great interest.

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