Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
Rep my city!
CAN THIS PLEASE BECOME A TREND.
A Map of the “Gayest Cities in America, 2013”
(according to The Advocate’s Matthew Green)
15. St. Louis, Missouri
14. Salem, Oregon
13. Colorado Springs, Colorado
12. Providence, Rhode Island
11. Oakland, California
10. Twin Cities, Minnesota
9. Atlanta, Georgia
8. Madison, Wisconsin
7. Eugene, Oregon
6. Salt Lake City, Utah
5. Seattle, Washington
4. Washington, D.C.
3. Spokane, Washington
2. Springfield, Massachusetts
1. Tacoma, Washington(For criteria and descriptions of the cities, click HERE.)
Interesting stuff and I dig that they covered all letters of LGBT.
Almost makes up for my being bummed that Baltimore didn’t make the list (yet DC did. BALMER VERSUS DC RIVALRY RISING…RISING…).
60 Moments That Gave Me The Chills During Seattle’s First Day Of Marriage Equality - Relive one of the most emotionally exhausting days of my life, when 138 couples got married in downtown Seattle on the first day gay marriage was officially legal.
Excuse me while I cry at the cute.
Um… a freaking gifset just made me bawl.
I do not cry, but this had tears rolling down by the third picture.
“At Last”, indeed. ♥
Same-sex couples get married in Washington state for 1st time
Hundreds of well-wishers braved a damp and chilly Seattle morning to celebrate the first of 140 weddings at City Hall on Sunday, marking the first day that same-sex couples can marry in Washington state.
Washington, Maine and Maryland last month became the first U.S. states to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by a popular vote, in a leap forward for gay rights.
Photo: Couples exchange vows during a mass wedding for 25 same-sex partners at Seattle First Baptist Church, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. Sunday is the first day that same-sex couples can legally wed in Washington state. (David Ryder / Getty Images)
This project’s feature is but of course, on more STREET HARASSMENT!“Accountability: Top Ten Ways To NOT Be A Sketchy Creep!”
1) Wait for an enthusiastic YES.
2) Respect PERSONAL SPACE.
3) See someone alone walkin’? DON’T STALK!
4) Ya can’t go CHANGE others’ sexual orientations!
5) NO MEANS NO!!!
6) Consent CAN be WITHDRAWN at any point in time.
7) SKIRTS are NOT an invitation.
8) A Body is NOT a commodity.
9) CATCALLING: JUST… DON’T. Just… stop.
10) CONSENT CONSENT CONSENT! Don’t be a shithead!
Dismantling rape culture isn’t just about either victim-blaming or pointing the finger at and demonizing perpetrators. Instead of victim-blaming, we need to not only hold perpetrators responsible, but our own selves accountable and take a look at OUR OWN ROLES in stopping street harassment! Don’t just be a spectator. Make the streets safe for EVERYONE. Remember, YOU ARE GRRRL ARMY!!!
- lgbt activism
- LGBTQ activism
- gay rights
- LGBT rights
- LGBTQ rights
- gay marriage
- same-sex marriage
- marriage equality
- gay Christians
- LGBT Christians
- LGBTQ Christians
- St. Joseph's Parish
- Catholics for Marriage Equality in Washington
- Catholics for Marriage Equality
- Referendum 74
- Barbara Guzzo
- St. James Cathedral
- St. Mary's Parish
Three Catholic Churches Refuse Anti- Same-Sex Marriage Petition Drive
I love it when real Christians get press.
“3 Catholic Churches Refuse Anti- Same-Sex Marriage Petition Drive”
St. Joseph’s parish is one of at least three local Catholic churches deciding they don’t want the fight over gay marriage to have a place there during Sunday services, in spite of a strong message from the Seattle Archbishop.
Earlier this year, Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain testified against the gay marriage bill in Olympia.
“I urge you to uphold the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman,” he said then.
And when the bill passed, the Archdiocese put its weight behind Referendum 74 to overturn the gay marriage law.
But now it’s stepping into politics with a letter to area parishes authorizing them to get behind the referendum.
“The Archbishop made it very clear he supports placing Referendum 74 on the ballot,” said Archdiocese Spokesman Greg Magnoni.
The Archdiocese says the majority of churches in Western Washington will start collecting signatures this Sunday.
But parishioner Barbara Guzzo, who organized Catholics for Marriage Equality in Washington, thinks the move risks driving people away from the Catholic Church.
“I think this is just another way that we say to people that you really aren’t welcome,” she said. “Some people are going to feel nervous about even going to church: Are there going to be petitions? Do I want to sign? Do I not want to sign?”
But the Archdiocese says this was a request to parishes, not a directive from the Archbishop.
“There’s no question that people are divided on this issue and each pastor is being given the authority to decide at the local level how best to handle this issue,” Magnoni said.
Guzzo applauds her parish leaders at St. Mary’s, at St. Joseph’s and even at St. James Cathedral downtown who have all decided not to allow the petition drives.
“I agree with them that having petition gatherers at church is very divisive,” Guzzo said.
The Archdiocese adds that it’s OK legally for the church to collect petition signatures for Referendum 74 because it’s about an issue, not a candidate or a political party.
The referendum campaign has until June 6 to gather the 120,000 valid signatures necessary to place it on the fall ballot.