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The following is the text from the early proposal/planning stage of the Beacon Food Forest, then called "Jefferson Park Food Forest". This can serve as an example for others wishing to do similar projects.

See also: Beacon Food Forest presentation

Where to start[edit | edit source]

  • For the assignment, we can refer to articles in our reader on the decision making process, and the observation/interpretation.
  • I suggest that we each write up our strengths and email them around sometime during the next week. I suggest that others may add to someone's list of attributes if someone has overlooked their own. Then, we can finalize them at the meeting and give to instructors later.
  • Have we finalized site?
  • For site we focused on:
    • What is going on with drainage, spring in lower part
    • document existing maintenance (good be interesting contrast to our plans)
    • link up to current later phase plans for area
    • what is effect of ELF from power lines
    • what are local businesses, schools, neighborhood groups, stakeholders, permie groups, et cetera
    • make a map: (topography, sun, relationship to other park elements, transport corridors, paths, et cetera)
    • how could we move water to our site, how could we collect water, is there irrigation anywhere close by
    • how do we see using this as an educational resource, who in middle school currently is teaching or parenting who has a green thumb, eco-interest, neighborhood interest?

Questions[edit | edit source]

  • What is history of land pre-grass? Trees? Vegetation? Culture?
  • Microclimates?
  • Is farm a food forest? Is p-patch a forest, if not why not?
  • vertical gardening areas?
  • water oxygenation art feature as seen in Global Gardener
  • Green building bed & breakfast? event learning center?
    • passive solar, passive refrigeration, green roof, water catchment, water catchment and ormus spiraling vortex art feature.
    • Native plant vs ecological debates, example guilds, Cascadia native guilds? Examples of edge invasive guilds and also some for slopes

Mission statement[edit | edit source]

To rejuvenate the land and gather community through collaboration, education, and participation. This project will address vital issues of water, food, land use, and community- building with interactive elements which will enable people to learn how to feed themselves, care for the land and the natural elements, and create a place to gather and nurture community. By its success, it will be a model for other community food forest projects.

Land[edit | edit source]

Jefferson Park, located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood in Seattle has recently seen significant changes as part of the federally-mandated Beacon Reservoir lid project (one reservoir removed, the other lidded for more open park space) [1] and $8 million in Pro Parks Levy projects allowing for significant redevelopment and remodeling. Projects in this park revitalization effort include new walking paths, gardens, and a new gymnasium. For more information see the Seattle Parks & Rec Jefferson Park Site Planning page.

The proposed JPFF project site is currently well outside of the area of heaviest development for the park. It is located on an undeveloped hillside to the East of 15th AVE South, to the North of South Dakota street, West and down the hill from the Beacon Hill Reservoir. (Google street map + satellite view. See other maps at bottom of page as well as the Parks Dept project sites for land use planning maps.)

Site is sparse in terms of structures, paths, and plant communities. There are hydrology, geology, vectors, bus lines, airplane noise, car traffic on 15th Ave S. Nearby and above are being-developed soccer fields. The slope and traffic patterns of the neighborhood do not funnel foot traffic to the site. There is a view to the NW of Downtown Seattle.

Site is currently maintained by Seattle Parks & Recreation? Most of hill is turf, with no known yields or benefits aside from some erosion control. Seattle Park's Jefferson Park Nursery located to South. Apparently there are some height restrictions on any trees installed in the area for view purposes from the East.

The stepped grade increases coming up from 15th Ave S, then increases again at 16th Ave South (closed-off Seattle City Light access rode) and then dramatically increases (as in climb on all fours) above another access rode just below the plateau to the East. Site would probably lend itself well to terracing.

People[edit | edit source]

Community[edit | edit source]

Multi-cultural and a bit of mixed classes: working class and a growing college-educated working class/professional class with an artsy orientation interested in neighborhood projects. Ethnic - Asian first and second generation families; multigenerational households. Latino first and second generation. White - working class, skilled trades, and middle class professionals. The park also draws people from communities a bit further away from the nearby neighborhood. For example the cricket fields that Saturday hosted over over 100 people associated with the Samoan Cricket League, for matches.[2] The lawn bowling field and the golf course also draw people.

Group project[edit | edit source]

Group came together in late April 2009 at the Permaculture Design Course at Raw Vegan Source (Raw Vegan Source event link) (Permaculture Forum link) taught by Jenny Pell (of Permaculture Now!), Marisha Auerbach (also of Permaculture Now!, Wild Thyme Farm and Herb'n Wisdom), and guest instructors Christy Nieto, Kelda Miller (Divine Earth Gardening Project) and Tom Armstrong (Raw Vegan Source).

Members of the Jefferson Park Food Forest project (not a final name) include

  • G (Group rep?, Jefferson Park neighbor and community organizer)
  • H (Community organizer)
  • N
  • J (Gardener) and
  • Daniel Johnson (Community organizer, artist).

Project focus areas[edit | edit source]

G[edit | edit source]

Primary focus: Community Building, Water Catchment. Water in general? Also citizen group interviews.

H[edit | edit source]

Primary focus: Educational aspects + Interactive elements

J[edit | edit source]

Primary focus: Food forests + guilds

Daniel Johnson[edit | edit source]

Composting toilet + aesthetics Also: 3D modeling, Keynote (software like PowerPoint) templates and presentation, nursery, green bed & breakfast, reflexology path, quiet contemplation and sunbathing area

Features[edit | edit source]

Community Garden[edit | edit source]

  • Permaculture education and Demonstration
  • Children's nest area
  • Sound blocking

Community Gathering Space[edit | edit source]

  • Celebrations and work parties
  • Green roof water collection
  • Composting Toilets
  • Tool storage

Orchard food forest[edit | edit source]

  • Berries to Fruit trees to Conifers

Interactive components[edit | edit source]

  • Zip line (DLJ) bucket hauler
  • Bike powered watering system

Recreational[edit | edit source]

  • leave a few gentile slopes open for say a sledding run

Next meetings[edit | edit source]

  • 24 July 2009
  • Class meeting at RVS on Sat, Sun June 2009
  • Possibly Weekend of Friday, 22-24 May

External links[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Site planning[edit | edit source]