VIDEO: See West Seattle’s Puget Ridge Edible Park through a newcomer’s eyes

It’s the only “edible park” in West Seattle – Puget Ridge Edible Park – and it’s right here on the peninsula. A recent arrival to Puget Ridge who has been chronicling her family’s journeys on YouTube, Melissa Smith, discovered PREP (18th SW and SW Brandon) and wanted to tell its story. After she sent us the link to the resulting video (embedded above), we asked her for the backstory about her storytelling:

Since summer 2022, we have been traveling by van across the West Coast from Santa Cruz, California, where I first converted a 1/10 acre property into a micro food forest. As former middle-school science teachers, my husband and I decided to pursue our dream to start a regenerative farm and are now on the road searching for where to buy land and immerse ourselves in a community with our farm and education center.

In late October, we decided to settle for the winter and looked around the Seattle area. We fell in love with West Seattle after experiencing the Halloween bash downtown. We found a furnished space to rent and have started to explore areas locally. I just so happened to walk by PREP and immediately fell in love. I met Stu [Hennessey] and asked if it would be possible to share all he and this community have done to create such a powerful place.

It is a dream to help others create similar spaces like PREP in their communities.

PREP itself is the fruition of a dream dating back into the ’00s, finally funded in the ’10s by the city Parks Levy Opportunity Fund, transformed and maintained by community volunteers,

4 Replies to "VIDEO: See West Seattle's Puget Ridge Edible Park through a newcomer's eyes"

  • winniegirl January 14, 2023 (5:51 pm)

    The Beacon Hill Food Forest has been in operation since 2009.  So, this is not the only one.  It’s a great concept to see expanidng.

    • WSB January 14, 2023 (6:14 pm)

      I have amended it to, the only one in WEST Seattle.

  • J S January 14, 2023 (6:16 pm)

    This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing story. 

  • Allison Carver January 14, 2023 (6:18 pm)

    Both PREP—and the Smith family—are a lovely addition to West Seattle. The more awesome, the merrier! 🤩

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