The San Francisco-based Guerrilla Grafters have been receiving a slew of press this past month, including writeups in the Bay Citizen and Huffington Post. The Grafters are a loose group of people trying to transform, one limb at a time, some of the ornamental apple and pear trees in San Francisco so they bear edible fruit.
Seattle, though, is one-upping the Guerrilla Grafters -- heck, it's more like 25-upping. Urban foraging in Seattle is a civic sport there, and every resident there has a favorite spot in some alley or public park where they pick blackberries for jam or, in SFoodie's brother-in-law's case, porcinis for Sunday dinner. Now, a group of Seattleites have come up with the funds to plant a seven-acre "edible forest" this summer.
The Beacon Food Forest, located in a low-to-middle-income neighborhood on the south side of town, will be filled with edible plants, from nuts and herbs to dozens of kinds of berries -- all free for the taking. "We look at it this way," landscape architect Margarett Harrison told TakePart, "if we have [no berries] at the end of blueberry season, then it means we're successful."