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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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FamilyWorks On Parade!

Many members of the FamilyWorks community joined us for our spot in the FamilyWorks Kiddies Parade today! We marched down 45th St. with bubbles, music, cheers of “Fam-lee-works! Fam-lee-works,” streamers, decorated musical instruments, and all kinds of costumes from pirates to giant flowers to fairies to ladybugs. The sun was shining, the kids were smiling, and all in all, it was a wonderful time. Thanks to Mayra for putting it together, and to Curtis for carrying one of our decorated poles, as well as to all the community members who were able to join us. Be sure to check out a small sampling of photos from the event on our Flickr page, and for the full set, become a fan of FamilyWorks on Facebook!P7110169

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Kiddie Parade Saturday!

The SeaFair Kiddie Parade is TOMORROW! Many groups in the parade are looking for participants, including FamilyWorks!  Come wave a pom pom with FamilyWorks (Pom Pom included): meet at 10:30 at Corliss and N. 45th this Saturday the 11th. For more info, please call us at 206-694-6727.

The Pacific Science Center is also looking for Children 5-11 to ride their bus or walk alongside.  I-Max tickets may be available for those participating. For more information, contact the Center directly.

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More Info About Express Credit Union

We’ve noticed that many people are Googling Express Credit Union and ending up on our welcome post. So I asked ECU for some more information, and here is what they sent:

ECU exists to: “Provide affordable financial services to low & moderate income people in King County. In doing so, help them build assets and achieve financial stability.” In King County approximately 56,000 households live at or below poverty income levels. This population is often un-/under-banked and frequently become entangled in the difficult, costly, ongoing payday lending cycle. ECU empowers people with their own financial resources by providing accessible and affordable alternatives to break out of this cycle.

ECU partners with local community social service agencies to provided financial services and advice to their clients. Our goal is to help low income individuals and families out of the cycle of predatory lending, while also providing them with financial literacy and education.

ECU’s role is to serve as facilitators and conduits between ECU and the clients served by our partners, providing information, credit union services, and loan alternatives.

For more information, see the articles about ECU in The Seattle Times, Real Change, or The Puget Sound Business Journal.

ECU currently has Community Member Service Representatives available at the following times and locations:

Community Member Service Representative Agency Schedule

CMSR #1 Samuel Gebremedhin 206  554-1534

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

YWCA Greenbridge

8th Ave. SW and SW 96th St

White Center

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neighborhood House High Point:

6558 35th Ave. S.W

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

ReWa Main Office 

4008 MLK JR. Way, S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neighborhood House Rainier Vista

4410 29th Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

ReWA South King County Office

15245 International Boulevard, Suite 207

Sea Tac

10AM to 4PM

CMSR #2 Hannah Haag (206) 529-7937

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Solid Ground Main Office

1501 N 45th Street

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Solid Ground Sand Point Housing

7400 Sand Point Way NE

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Hopelink Shoreline Center

15809 Westminster Way N.

Shoreline 

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Hopelink Bellevue Main Office

14812 Main St.

Bellevue

10AM to 4PM

Friday

New Futures Vintage Park

13737 12th Ave SW.  Building 31

Burien

12PM to 6PM

CMSR #3 Maricel Valdez (206) 607-7510

Day

Agency

Address

City

Time

Monday

Catholic Community Services

1229 Smith Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Tuesday

Neigbhorhood House New Holly

7054 32nd Ave. S

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Wednesday

Multi-Service Center Kent Office

515 W. Harrison Street

Kent

10AM to 4PM

Thursday

Neigborhood House Yesler Terrace

825 Yesler Way

Seattle

10AM to 4PM

Friday

Multi-Service Center Main Office

1200 S. 336th St.

Federal Way

10AM to 4PM

CMSR # 4 Nathan Hawkins 206 992-1720

Tuesday

YWCA Opportunity Place

2024 Third Avenue

Seattle

9AM to 4PM

 

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Photo of the Day

Microsoft collected these cans and more as part of a Feeding America Food Drive. The food will be donated to local food banks. Thank you, Microsoft!

Canhattan

Canhattan

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Sunday Afternoon in Wallingford

Several months ago, we posted Seattle Weekly’s Phinney Ridge slideshow, as it’s one of the neighborhoods we serve. But this week, we’re delighted to see our very own front yard on the Wallingford Neighborhood slideshow: Boys & Girls Club (Home to FamilyWorks’ tutoring program), Molly Moon’s (staff favorite lunch spot), more Molly Moon’s (also staff favorite dinner spot), dogs in front of MM (get the picture? They’re also a sponsor of our upcoming annual dinner!) Wallingford QFC (host of innumerable diaper and food drives, including one on the 20th!), the sunshine sign across the street, Chile Pepper’s- the local Mexican restaurant, etc. Did you ever wonder who waters the plants on 45th? Even the infamously-always-off-schedule Metro Route 16 gets a mention. Check it out and see our community. We’re sure we’d have been in it too had it not been a Sunday afternoon when they were shooting for the slideshow.

 

 

Seattle Slideshows – Seattle People: Sunday Afternoon in Wallingford.

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Hunting and Gathering for Sustainability

Local farms, trying to stay afloat in this era of large agribusiness, are getting creative in their selling tactics. One local farm, in an effort to promote sustainability, invited several local top chefs to experience harvesting and butchering first-hand. These chefs butchered a goat, collected pine nuts from pine cones, and got milk for their cooking – all in one place. Sustainability, supporting the local economy, and getting in touch with one’s food – all admirable goals, if you have the stomach for it. Do you?

The Seattle Times: Local News: Tiny farm wants to change the world — one chef at a time.

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