Permaculture forum: Seattle "food forest"

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 23, 2012 1:20 PM CST
Here's a link to an interesting article about a 7-acre "food forest" that's being planted in Seattle, WA.

http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/02/21/its-not-fairytale...
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milkmood
Feb 23, 2012 2:15 PM CST
Very cool. My heart belongs to Seattle for reasons like this.
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LindaTX8
Feb 23, 2012 2:48 PM CST
Interesting! Here they'd have to seriously irrigate the edible stuff to get a lot out of it!
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GeddyFlea
Feb 23, 2012 10:02 PM CST
I'm waiting for this sort of thing to happen in more areas. Why plant non-edibles in parks and office buildings, etc. Seems like it would be a good business for someone to start, offering edible landscaping services.

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tropicbreeze
Feb 24, 2012 6:01 AM CST
It reminds me of how homes usually had flower gardens in front of the house and the veggie gardens were out of sight behind the house. However, southern European migrants usually had veggie gardens in front of the house, and probably more behind it. For some reason it always looked strange to see tomatoes, lettuces and the like out in front.
Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Feb 24, 2012 6:23 AM CST
Oh yeah! I love this. I've been wanting to see this type of thing done for so long....more public landscaping with edibles.
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 24, 2012 6:48 AM CST
I agree
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pod
Feb 24, 2012 7:06 AM CST
Sadly, I can only imagine where the down side of this will go. I should probably just hush but...

Can you see some food terrorist spiking the fresh fruit with bad drugs.

Or someone that ate something and got sick, suing the company that had landscaped with edibles.

We can be our own worst enemies sometimes.
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SongofJoy
Feb 24, 2012 8:34 AM CST
That's very true, pod. Anymore, nothing is off-limits or particularly "safe" just by virtue of its intended purpose.


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Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Feb 24, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Probably possible, unfortunately. At times it seems that more than half the world is mad.......

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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 24, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Pod, I think your scenario is entirely possible; one of my first thoughts was more of vandalism. For this to work the community is really going to have to be "invested" in it, such that there would be a huge outrage if vandalism did start occurring. LOL, or maybe it will be called the Garden of Eden and to gain admission you have to be naked, thus pretty much eliminating any tools of destruction... Whistling
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milkmood
Feb 24, 2012 10:24 AM CST
What would it take to get your local city to approve and/or fund and/or promote such an endeavor?
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Feb 24, 2012 10:43 AM CST
It sounds like it would be a great undertaking for a "Master Gardener."

I just went back and read the comments following the article from my link, and they were at least as interesting as the article itself... apparently there are quite a number of public "food forests" around the country (and the world, for that matter. It would be wonderful to see this become commonplace, rather than remarkable!
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Name: Chris Powell
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milkmood
Feb 24, 2012 11:03 AM CST
Weedwhacker said: It would be wonderful to see this become commonplace, rather than remarkable!


Indeed. Thumbs up

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