Normalizing edible landscapes in Seattle, Washington

Normalizing edible landscapes in Seattle, Washington: Creating a new vision for sustainable urban forests

Presented by: Rebecca McLain, Institute for Culture and Ecology

Historically urban green spaces in the US have been managed under a “look but don’t touch” policy, an approach that reflects a world view in which humans are destroyers, rather than co-producers, of nature.

Rebecca McLain explores how these tensions are playing out in Seattle, Washington, where efforts are being made to normalize the production and use of edible landscapes. Can a vision of urban forests as providers of goods as well as services provide a more solid foundation for achieving urban sustainability than the current “hands off” approach to urban forest management?

Tuesday, June 5
Cramer Hall 41


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