Freeway Estates Community Orchard (FECO) is a neighborhood attempt to create a productive, attractive, and peaceful space on public property. Neighbors and friends are working together to create a desirable community asset from an underutilized piece of land.
Our ongoing project shows that residents of Seattle can create opportunities for urban agriculture, consistent with the Seattle Food Action Plan. We are creating a destination for area residents to experience beauty, sit quietly, enjoy the plants and their produce, learn about urban food production, meet each other and gather for neighborhood events. This project offers a way for neighbors to bond to enhance neighborhood stability and security.
The space is 12,500 square feet and located next to I-5, near the corner of NE 60th St and 6th Avenue NE in Seattle.
The land is owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).
In 2010, with the permission of WSDOT, volunteers purchased and planted fruit and nut trees. They continue to work on developing the property and removing invasive plants. The maintenance and the improvements are the work of a strong core of dedicated volunteers plus well over 100 other volunteers who have been part of major infrastructure projects.
Our main annual event is our fall Cider Fest. More than one hundred people attend each year. We have also sponsored classes in fruit tree pruning, invasive plants, edible plants, pollinators and composting.
This ongoing project serves as a template for others who are interested in making the most of publicly owned land.
If you are visiting the site and have an idea about how it can be more useful, don’t hesitate to leave a reply. We would be delighted if you want to become involved.
Seattle residents have nearby access to a beautiful public space where they can learn and participate in food growing, connect with neighbors, and nurture the environment.
We are creating an inclusive, action-oriented community that is excited about:
– producing organic food to be shared;
– educating ourselves and our neighbors;
– improving and beautifying this public space
Served by buses:
26X – Northgate to Downtown, get off on Latona, at NE 60th
62 – Downtown to Sand Point via Fremont, get off on NE 65th, under I-5
45 – Crown Hill to UW Stadium, get off on NE 65th, under I-5
Ruth Callard, Justin Hansen, Joan Davis, Jennifer Klamm, Nancy Helm, Pam Emerson, Michelle Perham, Max Menchaca, Melody Datz, Kate Wellensc/o 608 NE 63rd St.
Seattle, WA 98115