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Hospitality Hotspot…Food Forest Farm.

Hospitality Hotspot…Food forest Farm.

Not a Fairytale: America’s First Public Food Forest

Original Story, Jun 08, 2012

Urban foraging is on the way! Right here! Right now!

In the heart of Seattle, a public park is planned like no other…… an urban food forest that is free for the plucking!

Imagine a 7 acre plot of land in a large American city, with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut & chestnut trees, blueberry & raspberry bushes, fruit trees, including apples & pears, exotics like pineapple, yuzu, citrus, guava, persimmons, blueberries, honeyberries, & lingonberries, many herb varieties, & much, much more.

The best part? All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into Seattle’s first food forest — in fact, America’s first food forest.

In a recent interview with the website, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, Margaret Harrison stated: “This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park.”

One other special feature of the Food Forest: it will be 100 % organic — no genetically modified (GM) plants whatsoever.

Be The Change

Create your own public food forest — share some produce (homegrown or otherwise) with neighbors.

Right here, in Australia, lots of conscientious, forward-thinking people are actively teaching with community-minded intelligence….check this one out in Daylesford…..

On the back of this stimulating find, imagine how excited we were then, to come across this movement in Australia, called Landshare.

It’s a concept which began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community, connecting growers to people with land to share. People with spare land & no time or inclination to do anything with it. People who need to get their fingers in the dirt & no place to do it. People with a nurturing love for all things growing.

 The generosity of the one group melding hand-in-hand with the passion of the other. A joyous combination. New friends are made, a percentage of the lush fresh produce is provided for the land owner, sometimes the whole weekly supply.

People that were once restricted by boundaries can now get out in the fresh air, feel once again, a real sense of accomplishment, & contribution….to community, to family, to well-being.

As this subject has been on the boil in my mind, I have been keenly observing the resurgence of back-yard veggie gardens, whilst on our morning walks, researching local towns for their particular produce, & touring our beautiful country-side. There seems to be a movement towards lower food miles, lower costs, lower interference, an awareness of exactly what we put in our mouths.


It’s an awesome vision, a necessary turning in our collective consciousness. It’s a step along the path of uniting, problem-solving around the issues of feeding the nation, of nutrition, hands-on availability & connectedness….

A veggie plot of goodness.  A patch of land to sow & grow. You feed me, I feed you.

So we wonder what we can do, as individuals, in our busy lives…can we help out in any way?

Do you have a backyard that you just can’t get to? Do you know someone who would just love to get a little dirt on their hands?

Perhaps we just need to think on it a bit & put a few people in touch with each other…..:))

Happy days!!!

  1. Ah, the difference between the East Coast and the West Coast. Try that on the East Coast and you will be labeled a thief…

  2. Yes Roy, I’m sure there will be some policing hic-upps initially, but it sure is an awesome concept, don’t you think?

  3. Absolutely brilliant and very exciting!!
    I love the sound of it so much, I was just reading about LandShare in my local newspaper, the Range News as one such relationship has literally just started up here! Very exciting times indeed, as a horticulturalist who is so passionate about growing food and encouraging more people to grow food and get in touch with real food and tending natural environments this whole post and all your information here is really uplifting and inspiring.
    As someone who also rents a residiental suburban house I completely get the frustration and urge to want to grow things and have access to land to do so XX

    • It is so exciting isn’t it Rebecca!
      And that’s one of the reasons I’m also so stimulated by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in primary schools…start them young & build that sharing & awareness for a lifetime :))
      Thanks for your awesome remarks :))
      cheers & love Roni xx

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