Beacon Food Forest

Business Type: Education, Access & Advocacy

Seattle, WA

About Us

As one of the first large-scale public food forests, the Beacon Food Forest has captured the imaginations of people all around the world with visions of how communities can come together in urban places to grow food and revitalize the landscape with community gardening and permaculture practices.

The Beacon Food Forest celebrates growing food for the benefit of all species, providing educational opportunities, fostering and serving a diverse community, improving public health by regenerating public land, reducing agricultural climate impact, and improving local food security.

Vegetables, herbs, fruit and nuts grown on-site are free for the public to harvest 24/7. Please take your fair share, leave some for others, and get involved with stewarding the food forest.

Growing & Operating Practices

This project is a significant grassroots effort, initiated and driven by community members. Volunteers are responsible for ongoing stewardship and maintenance of the garden. Rooted in Permaculture Design principles, we apply whole systems thinking to create resilient agricultural, community, and economic systems that are holistic and self-sustaining.

A food forest is a gardening and land management technique that mimics a woodland ecosystem but includes edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Companion plants create relationships to form a diverse ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less human maintenance. No chemicals are used on site.

Our Services

  • Educational Experiences
    • Classes
    • Tours
  • Local Resources
  • Children's Activities
  • U-Pick / U-cut
  • Community Garden

Location & Hours

    • Open to the Public: Yes
    • Hours of Operation
      • Open 24/7 for public harvest.