A little pastime of mine is imagining different ways to use urban land in more effectively, specifically in terms of producing more locally grown fruits and vegetables. As I drive through Cleveland and past deserted inner-city lots, I wonder how great it would be to plant tomatoes for the neighborhood in that quarter-acre. In the empty stretch of grass next to the rapid transit train, wouldn't it be nice to have a grove of apple trees that commuters could enjoy. And, for many years, I've been trying to persuade my mom that it would be so cool to replant the front lawn with micro-greens that we could harvest the whole summer long. (She still has not conceded to the idea, but I'll keep at it...) So, when I read this article on Seattle's Food Forest, I instantly loved the concept.
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.
Now, that's cool. Read more about it here