CHOSS Seed Swap N’Sale

South Seattle Community College
6000 16th SW Seattle 98106

Want to save money on seeds this year? Try some interesting varieties without buying full packets. Avoid ending up with left-over seeds at the end of the season.

Come to Community Harvest’s 1st Annual Seed Swap N’Sale.

We have ordered seeds in bulk from Territorial, Seed Savers, and Fedco and will be splitting them into mini-packets, the right size for the home gardener. Have a look at our seed list. All seed packets will be 75¢. There will be dependable standards like Fordhook Giant Swiss Chard, as well as some unusual things like Purple Podded Peas. Lots of fun varieties of tomatoes if you are inclined to starting seeds indoors, but mostly seeds which can be direct sown.

In addition, there will be seeds donated from gardeners who have collected from their own gardens.

There will also be a “free” table for collected seeds, or your left-over seeds from last year. We cannot vouch for the viability of these seeds, but there may be some real winners. If you contributing seeds, it would be nice to have a picture or description of the plant it will produce.

Get some great seeds and at the same time support a local nonprofit which increases access to local produce through food bank donations and classes.

Community Harvest members can pre-order seeds which can be picked up at the event, or shipped by February 12.

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Duwamish Superfund Site 5-year Review Completed

Seattle, Feb 14, 2010 – In September the Environmental Protection Agency completed their second five-year review for the Pacific Sound Resources site (the Duwamish Superfund area). The review identified follow-up work which is planned for the next five years, including:

  • Revising EPA’s 1999 cleanup decision based on a better understanding of standards needed for long-term protection of ground water, surface water, and sediment (mud).
  • Gathering information to see whether contamination is entering Elliott Bay.
  • Adding more clean material to the sediment cap in the deepest water at the site.
  • Working with the U.S. Coast Guard to protect the cap by restricting use of large commercial boat anchors.
  • Evaluating indoor air quality at a maintenance building.

Contact Ravi Sanga (sanga.ravi@epa.gov) at 206-553-4092 or Cindy C. Schuster (schuster.cindy@epa.gov) or 206-553-1815 for more information. Hard copies are available for review at the EPA Region 10 Superfund Records Center in Seattle.

Or, you can review most of the material at the EPS’s Puget Sound Resources webpage http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/PSR/.

Editor’s Note:  This was originally published late 2009 but is worth re-publishing because of the ongoing commitment to the Duwamish River Cleanup.

SWS February Meeting: Walkable Livable Communities

Location: South Park Community Center – 8319 8th Ave S

The SWS February General Membership meeting will take place at the South Park Community Center (8319 8th Ave S), in Seattle on February 16 at 7pm. We encourage residents of South Park and all of West Seattle to attend! Join us for…

A Presentation and Neighborhood Discussion about Walkable Livable Communities

nwebglogohorbk This project began as a charette sponsored by the Seattle Chapter of the Northwest Eco-Building Guild, that looked at ways to provide more housing within Seattle’s single-family neighborhoods. It has developed into a presentation which shows how allowing more housing in single-family neighborhoods – done the right way – can help create more Walkable  Livable Communities.
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Test Drive Dynamic Governance (aka Sociocracy)

Sustainable Ballard and Sustainable Greenlake are already using Dynamic Governance. Sustainable West Seattle is in the process of becoming familiar and comfortable with this new group management approach.  Check out this free intro – February 7, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Dragonfly Holistic Healing, 760 N 34th St. in Fremont.  The session is organized by Karah Pino

What is Dynamic Governance also known as Sociocracy?

Dynamic Governance is a cutting edge system of running organizations that uses systems theory and self-organizing principles from chaos theory.  Dynamic Governance maximizes efficiency and equality. It has been adopted by many communities, businesses and non-profits. Developed in Holland, it is spreading globally, and is presently in use in organizations in Europe, Brazil, India, Australia, U.S., and Canada.

Organizations and communities using this model are flexible, efficient, resilient, and sustainable.  Visit http://seattle.governancealive.com for more info or to register.  See more details and RSVP on the SCALLOPS site http://scallops.ning.com/events/event/show?id=2402644%3AEvent%3A5530&xgi=1iuNyy6omzeABs&xg_source=msg_invite_event.

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Join us June 5 at the Sustainable West Seattle Festival

Sustainable West Seattle is pleased to announce that we will be having our third annual Sustainable West Seattle Festival in conjunction with Delridge Day. The Festival will be June 5 at the Delridge Community Center from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Join us for:

  • Fun activities
  • Live performances
  • Art
  • Workshops
  • Learn about sustainability
  • Much, much more!

Interested in helping at the Festival?
We can always use more help! If you’d like to help us during the festival, please contact Christina Hahs at  festival@sustainablewestseattle.org.

Exhibitors Welcome
The Exhibitor Application is available at this link (2010swsfestival-exhibitorapplication.pdf). If you are interested in participating in the Festival this year, please complete the application and return to Christina Hahs at  festival@sustainablewestseattle.org by, or by snail mail to: Read more

February Greendrinks in West Seattle

The first full Greendrinks to be held in West Seattle, which will be hosted on February 9, by Neighborhood House. Click here for more information on the next Greendrinks. The event will feature Neighborhood House as the featured non-profit; come learn more about this 100+ year old resource for low-income individuals in King County. As per usual, the February Greendrinks will begin between 5:30 and 6pm.  As usual, Greendrinks will be asking a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

Check out the High Point Neighborhood House and its solar-powered capabilities and built-green construction at this website www.nhwa.org/high-point/.

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Neighbor Appreciation Day 2010 – February 6th

Celebrate Seattle’s 16th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day, a special day to reach out to neighbors, create new bonds and express thanks to those who help make your neighborhood a great place to live. Community organizations, businesses and residents across Seattle come together on February 6 (and the week of) to celebrate this day. There are three ways you can participate:

  • Organize a neighborhood event such as a block party, open house, potluck, or work party to celebrate the day. If planning an event, contact Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov (206-684-0719) and tell us about it. To post your event to our online calendar, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/calendar, hit the link for “Submit an Event” and complete the form. (Be sure to select “Neighbor Appreciation Day” under the section called DON Programs.)
  • Use our FREE Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards to acknowledge your neighbors. The cards feature winning artwork from the annual Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest. You can either send an e-card by going to www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/appday or pick up cards at one of the Neighborhood Service Centers, community centers, or libraries, as well as Seattle City Hall and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods office.
  • Attend one of the many community activities listed on our online calendar. Visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/appday for a list of special Neighbor Appreciation Day events.

Join Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and the thousands of community members across our city in celebration of what makes Seattle great – our neighbors! For information, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/appday.

CoolMom General Meeting

The City has a new carbon calculator and CoolMom’s got the inside scoop! Learn more about it on the CoolMom website. Come to the meeting, learn more about the application and talk with your peers about the practicalities and tips to reduce your carbon impact by 1 ton in 1 year!

West Seattle CoolMom news:

  • Coordinator Note – After February’s meeting Laura Elfline will be stepping aside from her role as West Seattle Chapter Coordinator.
  • Who’s next?  There are many ways to run a CoolMom group.  The key components are to hold monthly meetings and to keep the beat groovin’ to help educate, support and advocate towards climate change and a healthy future for our families.

Laura Elfline would be  happy to answer any questions that might help you think about how you might run the group (laura@mightyhouseconstruction.com, 206-715-0893) or contact our Executive Director (and past West Seattle Co-Coordinator) Terri Glaberson (terri@coolmom.org). Read more

Community Open House with Will Allen

“This is not just a movement. It’s well beyond that. It’s a good foods revolution,” -Will Allen, Growing Power, Inc. CEO

Creatives4Community, in partnership with Seattle Neighborhood Group, present A Community Open House with Will Allen who will be speaking on “Urban Farming for Food Justice: Strategies & Action for Food Justice in Seattle.

Will Allen, Founder and President of Growing Power, Inc., shares his experiences and strategies with Seattle on how he built his internationally acclaimed urban farm rooted in community building, social and food justice, and sustainable small-agriculture entrepreneurship.

Seattle is on the cusp of a transformative shift in the urban food system in the Puget Sound. Minorities, youth, and low-income communities are again in danger of not being part of the wave of economic stimulus and national health funds, this time directed at food production, farming, delivery and production, healthy community building and nutrition.

Allen’s “green” work in Milwaukee, Chicago, Atlanta, and other US cities provides examples of his commitment to making fresh, nutritious food available to everyone as a way to stimulate economy, improve health, and create green collar employment.

This event will be presented in an “Actors Studio” format and moderated by Seattle’s own Vivian Phillips. The event will be held at Mercer Middle School Auditorium, located on Beacon Hill – 1600 South Columbian Way.  For more information please contact: contact@creatives4community.org or by calling 206-508-1260

This event is sponsored by the Seattle Department of Planning & Development, Seattle Parks & Recreation, Seattle City Schools, and Seattle Neighborhood Group.

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