Last year, we let you know about a successful proposal to plant a food forest on unused green space in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. With a seven-acre parcel land donated by Seattle Public Utilities, and a $100,000 grant from the city, the Beacon Food Forest is set to become the nation's largest forageable space.
We're happy to report that the project is going full steam ahead, with 35 trees planted so far and much of the landscaping and irrigation work completed. Glenn Herlihy, one of the project's leaders, expects the space to open later this summer. By next summer, community residents will be picking their own herbs, vegetables, and annuals from the forest.
"People are learning where they can find food about the place," Herlihy says, referring to foraging. "That’s a good thing. Better that than it going to waste."
Site plans courtesy of Friends of the Beacon Food Forest