Hi, I haven't had much involvement with the guild, but I'm wondering if people know of any good examples mature urban food forests in Seattle? I've been reading a little bit about them and because of a design project I'm working on for school I'd like to know more about what plants work in an urban environment and a climate like Seattle, and how a food forest would look here. Please post reply(s) here, and you can also email me at hapihare aat yahoo dawt com.
(also cross-posted this on the Tribe.net discussion board)
This topic has also fascinated us for some time now. After studying the literature on the concept, we set out to find these sort of food production forests. We did find one gentleman here in West Seattle who has been maintaining one for several years. In addition, there will be a speaker at the upcoming West Seattle Edible Garden Fair on May 23rd who will be speaking directly to this topic. Check out the website at http://gleanit.org/ for full details.
I have a feeling the books don't do this fascinating topic justice so I'm really looking forward to hearing this presentation.
I don't know of anything in Seattle, but there is an organization in Olympia called "Terra Commons" (http://www.oly-wa.us/Terra/) who specialized in Edible Forest Gardening. They would probably be able to supply you with a wide range of examples.