Emerson Street Food Forest

The Emerson Street Food Forest is open year-round for community members to harvest seasonally available fruits and greens!

This pesticide free, planned garden incorporates a variety of shrubs, herbs, perennial berries, and fruit and nut trees safe for human consumption. Anyone is welcome to visit and harvest! The entrance is located at 4515 Emerson Street, and on-street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Please be respectful of the plantings and your fellow community members when visiting. Follow guidance below to know when the produce is ripe. Bring your own kitchen scissors and a basket! Wash all produce at home before eating.

Follow COVID-19 safety precautions on-site. Masks are required for all visitors 6 years and older, and social distancing (6 feet apart) should be observed. Children and pets are welcome but please avoid walking through the planted beds. Dog waste stations are provided; please pick up after your pets.

Pick Your Own!

View and print the Food Forest Map for locations of harvestable items.

Note that all harvest timelines are estimates and can change based on weather conditions.

  1. Available for Harvest!
  2. Coming Soon!
  • Sea Kale: Mature green leaves can be clipped and eaten raw, steamed, braised, or baked into dishes. The flowers are also edible!
    Blooming Seakale
  • Sorrel: Pick bright green leaves that are about 4 inches long. This herb adds a lemony flavor to salads, soups, sandwiches, and sauces. HVL Edible Forest-11
  • Yaupon Holly: dry the leaves and enjoy a naturally caffeinated tea, high in antioxidants and low in tannins so its never bitter!

Updated April 2021

Help Sustain the Food Forest!

Residents interested in supporting the sustainability and development of the Food Forest should contact Dawn Taft, City Arborist and Environmental Programs Manager @ 240-487-0290 or dtaft@hyattsville.org.