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Food Forests are Coming to Your Neighborhood


Good news from Philip Small at Spokane Permaculture: It’s no longer a question of if, but when, a community food forest will be established in Spokane. The Inland Northwest Food Forest Council is working with the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department to locate favorable park sites and similar City-owned sites to install food forest.

The Education Subcommittee of the Urban Forestry Citizen Advisory Committee reviewed four candidate sites last week: Community Gardens at Grant Park and Peaceful Valley, as well as more native portions of Polly Judd Park, and the Hazel Creek low impact development (LID) site.

Similar to the storied Beacon Hill Food Forest being established in Seattle and the 6th Ward Park Food Forest coming to Helena, Mont., the vision in Spokane is to install public food forests in conjunction with community gardens.

Eastwood Leaves Impressive Legacy

Some residents hate what's happened with McEuen Field. Others - actually, they're many of the same ones who hate what's happened with McEuen - oppose the urban renewal vehicle that's funding most of the McEuen makeover. Still others experience acid reflux every time they swallow the high salaries and outstanding benefits they're paying many Coeur d'Alene city employees, including just-retired Parks Director Doug Eastwood. But none of this should have any bearing on the legacy left by Eastwood. In his 35 years with the city, the last handful in the eye of the aforementioned storms, Eastwood never wavered from consummate professionalism. He took tremendous heat, and in the public eye, at least, he never broke down. If you didn't know better, you'd guess he never even broke a sweat/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

DFO: I couldn't agree more. Former Parks & Cemetery Director Doug Eastwood epitomized public service.

Question: Which Coeur d'Alene park is your favorite?