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The Incredible Edible Forest | Care2 Causes

The Incredible Edible Forest | Care2 Causes

You’ve heard of farm to table . Coming soon: park to table . This spring, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle, seven acres of underused land will be transformed into the nation’s largest urban “food forest”—a community park planted with a cornucopia of produce that visitors are encouraged to harvest and eat, for free. According to Crosscut reporter Robert Mellinger, the Beacon Food Forest will be “an urban oasis of public food ” offering a variety of edibles: apples and blueberries, herbs and vegetables, chestnuts and walnuts, persimmons and Asian pears. The sprawling project, while ambitious, draws strength from volunteer groups like Friends of the Beacon Food Forest and from simply letting nature take its course. Built around the concept of permaculture, it will be a perennial, self-sustaining landscape, much like a woodland ecosystem in the wild. Companion plants...

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