For many urban dwellers, green space is a luxury that sometimes merits special weekend plans. Seattle, WA, on the other hand, is about to plant the necessary seeds for agricultural expansion…into the downtown core! As Kristofor Husted reported for NPR, a taste of the rural lifestyle, or even just a memory of a childhood suburban backyard, will be made available for those in need of a break from the concrete jungle.
Pending the success of a two-acre trial, the Washington state government has recently approved a plan to develop a seven-acre plot, located in the working-class Beacon Hill neighborhood, into a public garden. The field, which will be named the Beacon Food Forest, will be stocked with perennially-growing fruit, such as apples, pears, plums, grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. This output will, at first, be free for community picking, in order to promote the benefits of permaculture.