The Community Orchard of West Seattle is in it’s second year and is now a project of Sustainable West Seattle. In it’s first year COWS converted a narrow strip of unused land on the north end of the South Seattle Community College into a working community garden and a growing orchard for the near future. The narrow strip that was available truly resembles in size and layout what most folks would call a lawn. Last year COWS donated approximately 300 pounds of fresh organic produce to the local food banks and this year plans for an increased yield.
For the most part COWS is a volunteer operated and self revenue operation after receiving it’s initial grant to get started. Every Tuesday between 2pm and 4pm COWS hosts the weekly Health and Harvest work party. This is a great opportunity to learn some advanced gardening techniques and get in some spring exercise. Other events include an annual seed sale and plant sale. Volunteering is very rewarding!