In Seattle, all of this is actually happening. The city decided to turn a seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighbourhood into an enormous food forest. The forest will contain all sorts of edibles; from apples to herbs and walnut trees. Even more exotic fruits won’t be excluded: pineapples or guaves, they will be there. All of this wll be available for free plucking to everyone that takes a stroll through the forest.
The self-sustaining food haven will be built with help from the surrounding neighbourhood. The Friends of the Food Forest team already sent thousands of postcards asking for help and is promoting their plans throughout the city. In 2004, the idea of a food forest (then called ‘Smulbos’) was already introduced to The Netherlands, but unfortunately it never came to be. Here’s to hoping we will see some gorgeous fruits and veggies in downtown Seattle rather sooner than later.