Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest is a Forager’s Dream

A diagram of the Beacon Food Forest, to be built in Seattle, where people can forage food for free.

A diagram of the Beacon Food Forest, to be built in Seattle, where people can forage food for free.


Even the name makes me smile. A food forest. That’s what’s being created in the exciting city of SeattleĀ  where plans are afoot to turn a 7-acre public plot of land into a forest where people can pick all they want and forage to their heart and stomach’s content.

It’s called the Beacon Food Forest, and it would include fruit trees of all kinds and many other permanent vegetables, grapes, flowers and herbs. It’s right in the middle of a working class neighborhood called Beacon Hill in downtown Seattle.

Seattle public utilities donated the 7-acre plot and the 1.75 acre test zone will be planted by the end of the year. If this goes well more and more acres will be converted to food trees.

Now–what do you do about overzealous pickers? Those people you see at the buffet with groaning trays of ‘all they can eat?’

In true Seattle brilliant fashion they have this covered too. They plan to embed ‘thieves’ gardens” with extra plants in the park for those eager to take more than their share.

There will eventually be garden plots for urban dwellers to lease for $10 a year. Boy does this make sense–but it might be tough around here in February.

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I've been the editor of the travel website since 2002. I travel every month and share the people I meet and the places I see right here. I am lucky to be doing exactly what I want and to be surrounded by children, grandchildren, good friends and with a good woman by my side. I live in the small village of South Deerfield Massachusetts. Follow me at
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