It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest

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.

Check out the first implementation of [growing urbanism] , this part of our scheme envisioning a more ecological Seattle 25 years into the future reappropriates ‘leftover’ places and portions of freeways (made obsolute by a variety of high efficiency new vehicles) to provide an abundant food supply to the community within the city. Though food forest gardens (as well as living machine permaculture) were just one element of an overall comprehensive vision of the urbanscape as a vibrant self sustaining ecosystem, it is exciting to see this idea developed.


Some of our original images:

 
These videos of ancient systems inspired our design, high output minimal maintenance systems perfectly balanced to specifics of climate and culture:
permaculture is not a new idea, but figuring out how to incorporate it in the densest urban locations is.