Seattle Plant-For-The-Planet Academy
University Unitarian Church, Seattle WA
Saturday, May 7th, 2016; 8:30am – 3:30pm
For students in grades 4th – 8th
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A forest in the midst of a turbulent, roaring city; it sounds like something from an amazing dream, but in Seattle it soon will be quite real. With the self-sustaining Food Forest, Seattle is bringing urban agriculture to a higher level, by creating a place where anyone and everyone can go to harvest fruits and vegetables for free.
The concept of an urban food forest seems like the final frontier for the urban agricultural movement. A green haven in the middle of the city is already a very exciting prospect, since while we already have parks and recreational areas, never has there been someone who decided to put an entire forest in the middle of the city. Thinking about entering the forest and harvesting all the beautiful fruits and vegetables to your heart’s content is even more exhilirating.
In Seattle, all of this is actually happening. The city decided to turn a seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighbourhood into an enormous food forest. The forest will contain all sorts of edibles; from apples to herbs and walnut trees. Even more exotic fruits won’t be excluded: pineapples or guaves, they will be there. All of this wll be available for free plucking to everyone that takes a stroll through the forest.
The self-sustaining food haven will be built with help from the surrounding neighbourhood. The Friends of the Food Forest team already sent thousands of postcards asking for help and is promoting their plans throughout the city. In 2004, the idea of a food forest (then called ‘Smulbos’) was already introduced to The Netherlands, but unfortunately it never came to be. Here’s to hoping we will see some gorgeous fruits and veggies in downtown Seattle rather sooner than later.
Read more: http://popupcity.net/food/seattle-plans-to-build-americas-first-edible-forest/#ixzz2WCf8pAgw
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Plant For The Planet Academy
October 26th, 9am – 5pm
2 locations – Jane Addams School & Cleveland HS, Seattle WA
Free or all students ages 8 – 14 No cost to attend.
Imagine planting a million trees, what you would feel like, how you would change the world… Now get started! 80 lucky students ages 8 – 14 from area schools will train to serve our community as Climate Justice Ambassadors! Worldwide, over 19,000 young students have been through this fun and educational Academy training, and joined forces as leaders of the Official Tree-Planting Campaign of the United Nations.
All participants receive:
Play experiential games to understand how our world needs to change, learn to plant a tree with Seattle Parks naturalists, get a photo with local leaders, rehearse the slideshow and end the day giving the slideshow to invited guests.
Students, age 8 – 14, who care about our future and who want to plant a truly tree-mendous transformation of our planet, please attend this one-day workshop on May 24th to send a powerful signal against the climate crisis.
At 4pm that day, families and invited guests will come see the slideshow presentation given by the students at the conclusion of the training. Plan to attend with the whole family to experience this powerful work and celebrate the world’s newest Climate Justice Ambassadors! Then join us in Seattle Parks the following Saturday November 2nd, Green Seattle Day! Bring the whole family out to launch Seattle’s Tree-planting Season.
Thanks to support from the Seattle Parks Dept, and Coolmom for all the help making this a fantastic free event, open to all students!
To learn more, go to the “Seattle Plant for the Planet Academy” page. Questions? Contact Michael Foster.