Planning Meetings Set for New P-Patch @ Westcrest Park

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods would like to invite you, your family and neighbors to participate in creating a new P-Patch community garden in Westcrest Park, 9000 8th Ave. SW, of West Seattle’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Please attend the two meetings to learn about this project and to participate in the garden design process. Interpretation & children activities provided. Please bring snacks to share.

  •  WHAT: Community Garden Design Meetings
  • WHEN:
    • March 3rd Saturday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, topic: Garden & Layout Ideas
    • April 7th Saturday 10:00 am to  12:00 pm, topic: Final Garden Design
  • WHERE: John Wiley Community Center – Joe Thomas Rm at Greenbridge, 9800 8th Ave. SW, Seattle, 98106

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Learn How To Lead Watershed Walks with Feet First & Camp Long

Want to learn how to lead Watershed Walks?

Plan to attend a Watershed Walks training event Saturday, April 7, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and you’ll learn how to lead engaging, informative walks in your community that connect residents to their environment!  Meet at the Seattle Public Library Delridge Branch, at 5423 Delridge Way SW.  Metro route #120 buses run by the library.

The Watershed Walks Program is designed to train Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors to educate residents about the natural ecology of the Longfellow Creek/Duwamish River Watershed. Individuals attending this event will become trained Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors. Camp Long Naturalist Jeanie Murphy-Ouellette and Feet First Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Edmunds will lead this training on how to effectively engage walking groups, what environmental threats affect our watersheds, and how individuals can reduce their impact on local ecologies.

The Watershed Walks Program provides an enjoyable way for people to learn about the relationship between their actions and a clean environment, and will provide participants an opportunity to experience their environment and community in a different, more intimate way.

For more information or to register for this free training, contact Feet First Volunteer Coordinator Darcy Edmunds by emailing or calling 206-652-2310, ext. 5. Participation is limited to the first 20 people. All individuals will receive a training packet including a full color watershed map of Longfellow Creek. Also check out the website

The Watershed Walks Program is a collaborative effort by Feet First and Camp Long, made possible through a grant from The Mountaineers Foundation.



Sustainable Yard, Native Plants, Rain Gardens Workshop @ Burien

Join the Environmental Science Center and Sustainable Burien for a free workshop on “Your Sustainable Yard: Rain Gardens, Native Plants and More,” Sunday, March 18, 2012, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Burien Library Multipurpose Room.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn all about creating sustainable and rain-friendly landscaping features! This free workshop will focus on environmentally conscious yard care and rain garden design including construction techniques, plant selection, soil texture, cost considerations and maintenance.

Guest speakers will include a special guest speaker from Stewardship Partners, Lori Beehner from Environmental Construction Inc., Franziska McKay from People for Puget Sound as well as Michael Stein- Ross and students from St. Francis of Assisi.

All participants will receive a free native plant.

The Environmental Science Center promotes environmental stewardship, sustainability, and academic achievement through science-based education. Serving South King County since 2000.

Learn Basics of Permaculture Design in Issaquah

Marisha Auerbach visits Issaquah to teach a day-long hands-on Basics of Permaculture course that includes soil building, plant guilds, and creating a foraging landscape. A tour of local pea-patches to observe what is coming in early spring will top off the day.

The event takes place at Gibson Hall, 105 Newport Way Northwest, Issaquah, and will be an all day affair beginning at 9:00 am and running through 5:00 pm.


ts will leave with seed starts, recipes for building soil and inspiration to maximize food production in their gardens and communities. Brown bag lunch. Event co-sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office.

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‘Grow Your Own Produce in 2.5 Years’ Presentation in Issaquah

Interested in learning “How to Grow All Your Own Produce in 2.5 Years: A (r)Evolution Disguised As Organic Gardening?”  This presentation by Marisha Auerbach will take place in Issaquah, at the King County Library Service Center, 960 Newport Way NW, Issaquah, Friday, March 16, at 6:oo pm to 8:00 pm.  The presentation is free.

In the Maritime Northwest, it is possible to grow all our own produce year-round with limited time to establish a system and limited effort. As petroleum becomes more expensive, this sort of system can provide an example to support our evolution to a more sustainable society. Marisha Auerbach specializes in converting properties from grass to to a perennial forage system. A perennial forage system functions much like a natural ecological system, and yields year round produce with minimal work. These systems are developed to meet the needs of the inhabitants on site. Marisha provides most of her diet and income from her garden and has surplus produce and crafts to give away and trade for other supplies.

This presentation is an invitation for you to visit Marisha’s gardens through slides and lecture. She will be discussing how you can work towards self-reliance in produce if you have property to work with as well as guerrilla tactics to grow more food and flowers in the greater community. This lecture offers an opportunity to create cultural change through gardening.

This slideshow will be an updated version, including Marisha’s experience and reflections on moving to Portland this year in mid-June and her tiny yard. We hope you can join us…

This presentation is sponsored by Sustainable Issaquah and the City of Issaquah Resource Conservation Office.

For registration or more information, visit,

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Seattle Good Business Hosts Day of Discussion by Women Innovators

Everyday we’re reminded that old economic and business models are eroding many of the things we care most about. Yet if we look closely, we’re surrounded by creative innovators who are collaborating their way to a new, shared prosperity. So, Seattle Good Business Network and See Green Ventures have created Women on a Mission, a day of discussion sparked by women innovators in local and sustainable business.

  • Where: Urban Enoteca, 4130 1st Ave South, SODO
  • When: Tuesday, March 20, 8am to 6pm
  • What: A day to reconnect to our purpose, talk shop, inspire and be inspired–all in a beautiful space with amazing food, and topped off with spectacular local wine.

Topics include:

  • Creative collaborations and new business models that are building our local economy,
  • Closing the loop on local sourcing and production,
  • Creating resource efficient and eco-friendly products, services, and workplaces,
  • What it means to live your values at work and at home

Register for the program here.

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The Tool Library Presents: The Work in Progress Series

The Work in Progress Series:
How to Install Cork Flooring
Saturday, February 25th, 9am-5pm
3108 SW Webster Street

Sometimes it’s just not enough to work on a sample project in a classroom.  It’s often more satifying to learn your skills while actually working on a project that’ll be around for years to come.  So, as the first installment of our new Work in Progress Series, we’ll be teaming up with Mighty House Construction to offer a hands-on workshop on how to install click-together, cork flooring.

Participants will learn how to:

· Demo properly;
· Prep the floor;
· Plan your work;
· Layout and measure efficiently;
· Choose your tools and power tool use/safety;
· Install according to best practices; and
· Replace base trim (as time allows)

The hands-on work of the participants will be showcased as one part of the sustainable remodel of the West Seattle residence during the NW EcoBuilding Guild’s Seattle Green Home Tour, April 21-22, 10am-4pm.

Workshop is limited to 6 participants. Lunch will be served.
Suggested Donation to WSTL: $35
Register Today!

2nd Annual Green Home Tour & EcoExpo Set for April 21, 22

Are you curious about green building? Want to learn about how your home can be healthier for you and more environmentally friendly?

Then come to the 2nd annual Green Home Tour on April 21 & 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. A project of the NW EcoBuilding Guild, the 2012 Green Home Tour features a self-guided excursion to view up to 20+ local, healthy, and green new houses, remodels, and energy retrofits in the Seattle area and Eastside.

Additionally, a Saturday EcoExpo at GreenDepot in South Seattle will feature green suppliers, sustainable products, and contractors, with food, fun, and entertainment. All events are kid-friendly and great for the whole family.

Sunday come see demonstrations of blower door testing, duct-blasting, air-sealing, combustion safety, and more in our energy-focused workshops taking place at Green Home Solutions in North Queen Anne.

Programs and official tour map are available online at and printed in Seattle Natural Awakenings magazine, April edition. Contact Cate O’dahl at 425-670-1342 or for more information.


Seattle’s Waterfront Planning Meetings Redesigned & Rescheduled

Its Your Waterfront. Help Shape It. Come Join Us.


Due to overwhelming interest in the next community forum, Uniquely Seattle, we are rescheduling and reworking the format. Uniquely Seattle will now take place on Wednesday, March 14 at Town Hall. We are planning a panel discussion and workshop with a range of speakers on this key topic


  • Monday, February 27: Environment and Ecology – How can the waterfront help to restore the natural ecology of Elliott Bay and showcase sustainable design?
  • Monday, March 5: Setting the Stage – How do we create vibrant spaces for arts, culture and entertainment?
  • Wednesday, March 14: Uniquely Seattle Seattle’s waterfront has a rich context and history. How can we design it to reflect the uniqueness of the place and speak to our past, present and future?

All meetings begin at 5:30 pm and end at  7:00 pm, and take place downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Avenue.

Events are free. Space is limited so please RSVP to Kid are welcome! Activities for all ages provided.

For questions or comments send email to or call 206-499-8040.

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Final Meeting for Highland Park Wading Pool Conversion Project

Please join Seattle Parks and Recreation to learn about the Highland Park Wading Pool Conversion project and see final designs. Wednesday, February 29, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 SW Holden St.

This is the third and final meeting. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to the third and final public meeting for the Highland Park Wading Pool Conversion. The design team and Parks staff will present the final design based on input received from the community at the second public meeting that was held in August 2011, and will discuss the construction timeline.

Identified in the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, this renovation project provides for the conversion of the existing wading pool into a spraypark. Parks encourages and welcomes your involvement.

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For interpretation services at this meeting or for special meeting accommodations, please contact: Samantha Updegrave at 206-233-7929 or