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Beacon Food Forest

Community members are building an innovative food forest along the
western slope of the recently expanded Jefferson Park. Development
is in full swing for the first phase of the food forest with funding support from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.
Click Here: Frequently Asked Questions about the Beacon Food Forest


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Get Involved!

In addition to the forest guilds which the community has been building over the past few months, construction has recently begun on the Beacon Food Forest P-Patch.  Please see the below information for how you can get involved in this community led process.

For more information and to find out when and how to get involved with the Food Forest part of the community garden,
go to or call (206) 684-0264

The best way to stay informed is through the
Beacon Food Forest Discussion list. Also, be sure to join the interest list to let us know you are interested in an individual plot area at this P-Patch.

Getting a Garden Plot

If you are interested in getting a plot join the Interest List and please see How Plots are Assigned.


The Beacon Food Forest started in 2009 as a final design project for a permaculture design course. The site chosen is a 7-acre area which is currently all grass, on the western terraced slopes of what was thought to be Jefferson Park but in reality is owned by Seattle Public Utilities. The design was then presented to the community of Beacon Hill, Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation, and Seattle Public Utilities to see if there was support for such a project. Support was granted in the form of an SAS grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for
$22,000 in December of 2010 to hire a design consultant and create a schematic design for a food forest. In March of 2011 the Friends of BeaconFood Forest hired The Harrison Design Team consisting of Margarett Harrison,Jenny Pell, Dave Boehnlein and Kris Pendleton. After a series of community meetings the team presented a final schematic (viewable here). In December 2011 the project received a $100,000 award from the Parks & Green Spaces Levy for design and construction for a 1-acreportion of the food forest.

A Food Forest is a gardening technique or land management system that mimics a woodland ecosystem but substitutes in edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees are the upper level, while below are berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals. Companions or beneficial plants are included to attract insects for natural pest management while some plants are soil amenders providing nitrogen and mulch. Together they create relationship to form a forest garden ecosystem able to produce high yields of food with less maintenance. Learn more about food forests at the Edible Food Gardens website.


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From Downtown:

  1. 1-5 Southbound
  2. Exit 163A at Columbian Way
  3. Columbian Way onto 15th Ave
  4. Left at S. Dakota St.


15th Ave S. and S. Dakota (Map)


Size: 27,000
Established: 2014
Individual Plot Area
Number of Plots:27
Plot Size:
100 sq'
Average wait: new

Collective Areas:
Annual planted Area:
Perennial planted Area:

Ownership of land: Seattle Public Utilities


Parks & Green Spaces Levy Funding

Bus Routes

39, 60
Metro Bus Trip Planner


Beacon Food Forest Website

Join the Beacon Food Forest Discussion List


Interest List

How family plots are Assigned

Beacon Food Forest Full Design

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