Seattle is developing a 7 acre 'Free to Forage Food Forest' in an urban area.
I've often wondered about these types of things and how they're regulated. Apparently, this one is not going to be regulated. Anyone will be able to forage as much as they like under the idea that each will only take what they need and/or can use. I just don't see that working. I consider myself a relatively honest and equitable person, but I'd be out there foraging not only fruit/berries/nuts to eat fresh but to preserve - and if you're going to can, you're going to make extra.
I do that now. I forage a lot of the stuff from our local arboreturm. Even in this rural nature park, that is not really open to foraging (I got permission - sort of) I have to forage the blackberries daily for a week or so, to get them after they're ripe but before anyone else gets them. I race against the farmer to collect quinces before they become horse fodder. I've given up on the chokecheery tree in a public right-away just a few hundred feet down on my road. Someone else always gets there before me and cleans the tree completely.
Do you think people's greed will allow this sort of concept to work - as intended?
Secondly, it appears that the state is providing this food forest, and I'm assuming will be maintaining it. So basically the state is giving away free food - randomly. It's not necessarily going to those most needy or most deserving, but most likely, disproportionately to those that live closest, or have the opportunity to spend a couple hours each day to forage. Is this equitable?
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