Community Orchard Now Open for Work Parties, Team Also Answers Food, Gardening, Permaculture Questions

COWSThe 2014 Season of Beauty and Community Begins at the Orchard! Join your neighbors and colleagues and fellow urban farmers every Thursday starting this week, March 13, at the Community Orchard of West Seattle, starting at 5:00 pm and lasting through 7:00 pm.

Please consider COWS when deciding your volunteer plans for this year. Join us for the start of the growing season at our huge urban garden and orchard!  It’s time to prune trees and berry bushes, and develop ideal individual soil preparations for each crop to be planted.

Questions on urban gardening, permaculture techniques, or your own problem plants are our specialty and are more than welcome! We hope to see you there!  The Community Orchard of West Seattle is located at the east end of the parking lot adjacent to the Horticulture Center, north end of the campus at South Seattle Community College.

What is Community Orchard of West Seattle?

Community Orchard of West Seattle (COWS) provides a home-scale model that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Our produce goes to our volunteers, neighbors and local food security programs while we provide a venue for public agricultural education and community gathering. Using permaculture and organic growing principles, COWS demonstrates several different kinds of non-standard orchard techniques and garden configurations – most of which are based on no-till, polyculture, low-maintenance sustainable food production strategies.

They meet every Thursday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – possible now that Daylight Savings Time has finally arrived!!

4 replies
  1. stu
    stu says:

    Fun group of folks I have worked beside. Over the past years I have gained a great deal of information on plant selection, guild beneficial plantings and invasive weed and pest control. We are willing to share all we have learned about economical, year round food production.

  2. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Is there any other time to be involved in the Orchard? I already have a Thursday evening commitment. However, I’m inexperienced and want to work along with experienced volunteers

    • chas
      chas says:

      You could show up at the April 12 volunteer orientation and party and ask the folks at the Community Orchard table what else might work. They’ll be at the CrossFit gym in Admiral all evening during the volunteer party.

  3. Amanda
    Amanda says:

    I also have long been interested in working at the community orchard, but I really need it to have hours during the week before school gets out. The hours have made it impossible for me to ever participate.


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