Gardening for peace and love

Gardening

From Hippie Peace Freaks

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Seattle’s First Urban Food Forest Will Be Open To Foragers

Now, Washington state has jumped on the foraging bandwagon with plans to develop a 7-acre public plot into a food forest. The kicker? The lot sits smack in the middle of Seattle.

The idea is to give members of the working-class neighborhood of Beacon Hill the chance to pick plants scattered throughout the park – dubbed the Beacon Food Forest. It will feature fruit-bearing perennials —  apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, raspberries and more.

A Food Forest is a gardening technique or land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees are the upper level, while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals. Companions or beneficial plants are included to attract insects for natural pest management while some plants are soil amenders providing nitrogen and mulch. Together they create relationships to form a forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less maintenance.

(From Beacon Food Forest)

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13 thoughts on “Gardening for peace and love

  1. This is fabulous – what a hope-filled, wonderful idea…and I love the poem at the beginning:-) I’ve never been but I’ve heard Seattle is a pretty exciting and innovative place on many blessings. May this project, and all who eat from it, thrive…:-)

  2. stuzzyjen says:

    nice… can i repost this? thanks.

  3. katelon says:

    Reblogged this on Empower and Balance and commented:
    There are some things I don’t miss now that I’ve left Seattle but I do miss how environmentally conscious the city is and how many strides they take to support green initiatives.

  4. katelon says:

    Thanks, I reblogged this.

  5. sufilight says:

    Wow, this is wonderful! Would love to drive one of these days with my spouse to Seattle and check it out. It’s a three hour drive from where we live but we can turn it into a fun trip. 😀

  6. melanie says:

    During our 5 years in the US, we went to Seattle twice… what really surprised us and even shocked us by then: lots of homeless people downtown… 😦
    – – –
    Glad to see this forest & thanx for sharing! 🙂

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