Nourishing Neighborhoods: Cultivating Local Food Connections in the Urban Environment

Have you ever walked by fruit trees in your neighborhood and wondered what kind of fruit they were producing and whether you could pick it?

By tracing the history of food in Seattle, from the native plants that have long fed Coast Salish people to the globally sourced food imported today, this design research examines local food production systems in Seattle’s neighborhoods and how they can be enhanced for the future. How can urban food that is cultivated on public land nourish neighborhoods while providing opportunities for education and engagement? This exploration demonstrates how app technology, mapping, and recipes can connect communities to urban nature and food history.