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[Event] The Work Party is today! Come on by between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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[Class] Fungi: Farming and Foraging at Beacon Food Forest coming up in 1 day!


The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.

Join us to improve public health by regenerating our public land into an edible forest ecosystem. We work to reduce agricultural climate impact, improve our local food security, provide educational opportunities, and celebrate growing food for the benefit of all species.

Please support the Beacon Food Forest by getting involved, donating and spreading the word.

What is a Food Forest?

A food forest is a gardening technique or land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels. The Beacon Food Forest will combine aspects of native habitat rehabilitation with edible forest gardening.

The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to bring the richly diverse community together by fostering a Permaculture Tree Guild approach to urban farming and land stewardship. By building a community around sharing food with the public we hope to be inclusive to all in need of food.

The Food Forest is set to include an Edible Arboretum with fruits gathered from regions around the world, a Berry Patch for canning, gleaning and picking, a Nut Grove with trees providing shade and sustenance, a Community Garden using the p-patch model for families to grow their own food, a Gathering Plaza for celebration and education, a Kid's Area for eduction and play and a Living Gateway to connect and serve as portals as you meander through the forest.

The Beacon Food Forest started in 2009 as a final design project for a permaculture design course. The 5+ acre site is located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood to the west of Jefferson Park, 2.5 miles from downtown Seattle. Phase One (1.75 acres) is complete, and we are now planning for Phase Two (1.75 acres).

Get Involved

We are seeking the help of Beacon Hill community members, local institutions and city wide volunteers to join together to build and grow a Food Forest.

To get involved with our project and receive event notices about upcoming work parties, please Join Our Mailing List .

In the meantime, there are committees working behind-the-scenes to develop this community project. The teams include field work, education, outreach, event planning and marketing services. All are welcome to get involved.

Forks up to all those who have supported our efforts so far.

Work Parties

Work parties are family friendly events that involve a diverse community of all ages in a huge variety of tasks at the Beacon Food Forest site.

There is no registration required. Parties generally run between 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Please bring work gloves, water, and a $2 to $5 donation for lunch.

Support Our Community

The Beacon Food Forest is community powered and survives on generous donations from our growing number of volunteers. This project's success is sustained by the support of diverse friends and neighbors around the world.

There are many welcomed ways to support the Beacon Food Forest.
*All donations are tax-deductible.

Visit Us

The Beacon Food Forest is located at 15th Ave S. and S. Dakota St. Seattle WA to the west of Jefferson Park.

The design of this seven-acre site provides opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding, for education and recreation.

Visit us on-site to help us build our Food Forest or Join Our Mailing List to get involved.

Contact Us

Volunteer Coordination

Carla Penderock
Community Outreach Coordinator / Media Relations

Webster Walker
P-Patch Coordinator

Joanne Walby
Education Committee Admin

Group Visits

For any concerns or conflict resolution needs