Sunday, June 9, 2013

Let's Grow a Food Forest like Seattle

Blog post by Tina Winterlik © 2013!/zipolita @zipolita Google+

When I was a little girl, my mom and dad had a little hobby farm out in Surrey. My dad was raised on a farm and my mom's mom (my grandma) had an awesome green thumb so between the two they made an wonderful team.

We had rabbits, chickens, ducks, a big pig that had piglets, there was a garden with vegetables and there fruit trees of cherry, plum, peach and apple...maybe more I was little and don't remember it all.

Now we all know about the GMO's and Monsanto and the cost of food is outrageous and trying to buy organic is expensive...

But we live in a big city and there is lots of park land and schoolyards. It's time to convert some of that space and grow gardens and a food forest.

Seattle just came up with this idea and they are going to why don't we. I have seen lots of community gardens, but everyone has their own little plot and no one is allowed to touch it.  If we just think on a higher level, sort of like when the blackberries are in season...there's plenty for everyone.

My dream is that we start Edible Schoolyards and each day kids go into the garden or food forest and work, gather, harvest, cook, store food so that we all have this knowledge, that we all share and we all have enough healthy food to eat....the way God intended.

Please share this widely, talk to your school, teachers, principal, schoolboard, the mayor, Vancouver Parks board, who can we get on board to start making this all a reality.

Seattle's Food Forest

"Forget meadows. The city’s new park will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking.

Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest. Read more here  "

 I have seen some beautiful community gardens but we need something on a much larger scale that can really be shared with the community.

Here's a few videos of community gardens we've visited and gardens where we went Wwoofing last year.

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