Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

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Seattle’s newest seven-acre park in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be filled with edible plants—walnut and chestnut trees, apple and pear trees, blueberry bushes, even more exotic fruits like pineapple and persimmons—and everything will be available for public plucking! How amazing is that?

Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart that this idea of Food Forest is “totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park.” It’s the new frontier in urban agriculture, and organizers hope the park is perennial and self-sustaining, “like a forest is in the wild.”