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Giving Garden

On a recent warm, breezy summer Monday night, I braved the strange crosswalks and lights over the bustling N. 45th St and followed Bagley a couple blocks north until it dead-ended into a park. In the wide open spaces, shade sheltered a woman throwing a ball for her small dog, children kicked around a soccer ball, and I could hear the clanking sounds of gardening tools from my right. Following my ears, I rounded the corner and entered the Good Shepherd P-Patch.

None of the gardeners could remember exactly how long the P-Patch has been sponsoring and cultivating a Giving Garden through Lettuce Link, but it’s been at least several years. As a result of these dedicated volunteers, not only can a casual passerby enjoy the quiet yet abundant sanctity of the garden, but one can learn about various sustainable gardening techniques: green roofs, pollination, succession planting, summer/winter rotation, cucurbit trellis, double-digging raised beds, floating row covers, interplanting, companion planting, broadcast sowing, tomato trellising, and more. Moreover, the volunteers tend a Giving Garden, an area in which the produce grown is donated to FamilyWorks Food Bank.

On this particular evening, the P-Patch volunteers dug in and harvested over 51 POUNDS of food for FamilyWorks! I’d highly recommend checking out this gorgeous P-Patch, honing your gardening skills with the information posts you can find throughout the garden, and enjoying the bounty of organic food mixed with the beauty of various flowers. Just be sure to take note of the yellow plum tree you’ll pass through as you enter the gate – or you’ll end up with an overripe plum splattering on your head! (No one will notice, luckily, if you proceed to lick your fingers after you clean your hair.)

Want to get involved? The waitlist for P-Patches is notoriously long (I’m currently waiting for a spot at any of them, hoping not to have to ditch my potted tomatoes and beans when I move), but you may be able to find a space and a new friend with this garden listing. For more photos, please visit FamilyWorks’ Facebook Page.

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Lettuce Link Event

Please come out and support Lettuce Link (which provides fresh food to FamilyWorks Food Bank)! They still have 5 spaces left for a great event happening at Full Circle Farm in Carnation, WA this Saturday, June 13th. Join the Friends of Lettuce Link for a benefit at Full Circle Farm in Carnation – a unique opportunity to learn more about locally grown, organic and seasonal food and its connection to the emergency food system! This “Experience Farming Project” includes a full farm tour, a tasting of freshly harvested produce, bread provided by Essential Baking Company and a chef demo. A portion of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription sales that day will benefit Lettuce Link and get organic produce into the food bank system.

A portion of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription sales that day will go to Lettuce Link. However, if you cannot attend the event, you can still sign up for a CSA subscription and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to Lettuce Link. Just fill out the attached form (the other form is a map of all the pick-up locations around Seattle) and email it back to Lauren at laurenf@solid-ground.org by Friday June 12th at Noon. If you have any questions regarding CSA subscriptions please email Maggie at maggieh@fullcirclefarm.com

Thank you and we hope you can either make the event or are interested in purchasing a CSA subscription!

Full Circle Farm Lettuce Link Benefit

Start Date: 6/13/2009 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/13/2009 2:00 PM
Location: Full Circle Farm (Carnation, WA, 98104)
For more info about Full Circle Farm, visit http://www.fullcirclefarm.com or email maggieh@fullcirclefarm.com

RSVP required; space is limited to 50. Please contact Lauren at 206.694.6834 or laurenf@solid-ground.org.
Please arrive by 10am (tour leaves shortly after 10am). This is a rain or shine event! Kids are welcome; make sure to dress for a day at the Farm.

Many thanks to Full Circle Farm for hosting this event!

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Wallingford Earth Day Happening 2009!

Sustainable Wallingford hosts the 39th Earth Day Happening on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wallingford QFC parking lot 1801 N 45th Street. It’s A Giving Happening when you can give and receive free gifts in your community and care for your little bit of the planet. A Love-In follows the Happening for Happening volunteers. To volunteer click here

The Sustainable Wallingford Earth Day Happening features:

  • No Sale Bake Sale
  • Hamilton Middle School Band and Choir
  • Treebeard the Ent
  • Growing Food Growing Community free tomato plant starts
  • the Mobile Tire Inflation Station
  • Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors,
  • Seattle Climate Action Network offering free compact florescent bulbs
  • free Wallingford Community Preparedness kits
  • the Seattle Plastic Bag Monster,
  • FamilyWorks Wallingford Food Bank donations,
  • Lettuce Link and Friends of Fruit Trees,
  • Conversation and Storytime Corners,

  • Puget Sound Solar,
  • Community Giving Tables of gently used items small enough to carry such as, jigsaw puzzles, books, hand tools, and shoes,
  • and a place for many Wallingford artists, businesses, and residents like you to freely give and receive.

At the Sustainable Wallingford Earth Day Happening you have the opportunity to live mindfully in your community and joyfully on your planet. Because every day is Earth Day.

Community Contacts
(learn more at http://www.greenWallingford.ning.com)

  • Jessica Vets (206) 459-9786 Event Coordinator Email Jessica
  • Will Polk (206) 465-9203 Volunteer Coordinator Email Will
  • Cathy Tuttle (206) 547-9569 Sustainable Wallingford Facilitator Email Cathy

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Lettuce Link Volunteer to be Deported?

 A Vietnamese immigrant and avid volunteer gardener for Lettuce Link at the Cascade P-Patch, Dung Ahn “JoJo” Tran lost his bid for political asylum and stands to be deported. Lettuce Link, a program of Solid Ground, grows fresh produce and donates it to FamilyWorks Food Bank, among others. Community agencies including Lettuce Link, the Red Cross, and others, estimate that Tran has donated over 9000 hours of his time to community service through gardening, translating, and helping the elderly during his stay in the United States.


Local News | Supporters of Vietnamese immigrant in Seattle try to help him get asylum | Seattle Times Newspaper.


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