Beacon Food Forest, an edible arboretum
At the Beacon Food Forest, our three goals of education, community-building, and ecologically sustainable food production guide our work and vision. These goals have inspired us to build our community garden and plant one of the largest food forests on public land.
The food forest serves as an educational space for the community to come learn about plant care and responsible harvest. We lead tours twice a month for various groups, such as classes from Seattle schools, horticulture and food justice courses, and interested non-profit organizations. We host workshops on plant care and propagation, which will empower the community to sow and tend edible plants all over the neighborhood. Classes on bee keeping have been held on site using the two beehives installed last spring.
Community-building is key to the mission of the Beacon Food Forest. We hold monthly work parties with 60 to130 people attending each month to build the garden. Since breaking ground in September 2012, community work parties and hundreds of volunteer hours have formed the first 1.7 acres of the project by building soil and community relationships, planting trees, refining media and communication strategies, installing irrigation systems, hosting community design meetings, and much more.
Beacon Hill is a diverse, historically underserved neighborhood in Seattle with many families living with food insecurity. This project gives our community the means to grow our own food on public land in a way that enhances rather than degrades the local ecosystem. The P-Patch garden provides garden plots to be distributed based on volunteer hours. The food forest and its future fruits are open to the public and is managed by volunteers and community members. We plan for an abundant harvest as our young fruit and nut trees mature over the coming years.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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