|OK In Health - Environmental Care|
It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest - April 2012
Hungry? Just head over to the park.
Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.
That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.
“Friends of the Food Forest undertook heroic outreach efforts to secure neighborhood support. The team mailed over 6,000 postcards in five different languages, tabled at events and fairs, and posted fliers,” writes Robert Mellinger for Crosscut
Neighborhood input was so valued by the organizers, they even used translators to help Chinese residents have a voice in the planning.
So just who gets to harvest all that low-hanging fruit when the time comes?
“Anyone and everyone,” says Harrison. “There was major discussion about it. People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’ That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”
Hungry? Just head over to the park. Seattle's new food forest aims to be an edible wilderness.
Environment Care's Bio: OK In Health started a GREEN wellness e-Magazine in 2004. We wanted to start a magazine that was completely green with a zero footprint.
Copyright © 2004- 2011 OKinHealth.com. This article is of the copyright of OK in Health and the author; any reproduction, duplication and transmission of the article are to have prior written approval by OK in Health or the author.
This information and research is intended to be reliable, but its accuracy cannot be guaranteed. All material in this article is provided for information only and may not be construed as medical advice or instruction. No action or inaction should be taken based solely on the contents of this newsletter / e-magazine / website. Readers should consult their doctor and other qualified health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided in this newsletter / e-magazine/website are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the authors. Readers who fail to consult with appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries. The publisher is not responsible for any errors or omissions. OK in Health is not responsible for the information in these articles or for any content included in this article which is intended as a guide only and should not be used as a substitute to seeking professional advice from either your doctor or a registered specialist for yourself or anyone else.
Connect with Us
|The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following to help prevent the flu. Avoid close contact when someone is sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Help protect yourself from germs, wash your hands often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. This reduces your chance of picking-up unwanted germs.|
|BodyTalk with Heidi Reid |
|Specialty: Body Talk|
Heidi Reid is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner, PaRama BodyTalk Practitioner and BodyTalk Access trainer who sees clients in Vernon and Kelowna, BC. as well as provides distance sessions.
|Ancient Celtic Vibrations & Sacred Land Workshop (Ireland )|
|Date: Sep 4, 2016|
Experience how to increase your vibration/energy with Ireland's Jane Donald & Canadian's Maria O'Farrell Carr - Land Healings, Fairies 101, Sacred Sites & circles 101 & more...
|Holistic Approach to Wellness|
|The link between mind, body and emotions can no longer be denied, and it’s critical to consider this three-fold approach for wellness and living your best life. Modern life can prove challenging for achieving and maintaining a state of balance and feeling our best.|
|Vegetable Broth - Weight Loss Recipe|
Description: This is a great recipe for cleanses, part of a weight-loss program, a simple lunch or broth for cooking with.
Beet greens are a very good source of calcium, iron, Vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid. They are a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. Beet fiber has been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities and has been shown to lower blood pressure in subjects with normal blood pressure.
Beetroot contains the bioactive agent betaine, which supports healthy liver function. When the liver is functioning properly, fats are broken down efficiently, aiding weight loss, and preventing fatigue and nausea.