Interesting photos that highlight Ecological and Environmental Design in action!
Low-Hanging Fruit: Can an Edible Forest Take Root in Seattle? Imagine if your neighborhood park doubled as a communal orchard. Out of fruit in the fridge? Just stroll down the block and pluck the first ripe pear you see. It may sound like a hippie fantasy, but residents of Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood could soon be living that dream, with a community group planning to break ground on the country's largest "food forest" this summer.
What is an Edible Forest Garden? It is the art & science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating an ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, & animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care & deep understanding of ecosystem function, it is largely self-maintaining
Because of this pattern of production, several times the caloric value of the egg is created in pollution. If we modify this illustration to show the system for delivering commercial “free-range eggs” (as defined by USDA), what changes? The pesticides and herbicides go away as do the cages. That is all. While this is an incremental improvement, it is nothing compared to what is possible through shifting the pattern of the system.