Delridge Grocery Cooperative Seeks Manager for Summer Opening

DelridgeGroceryHomePageThe Delridge Grocery Cooperative, opening late this summer (2014), will provide the Delridge community and beyond with a full range of affordable, healthy local and sustainable food.

The Delridge Grocery Cooperative announced that they are seeking a Startup General Manager to lead their successful launch as the Delridge neighborhood’s community owned grocery store.

Are you a resourceful self-starter with plenty of hustle and thrive in a start-up environment?Are you excited to lead and manage, and be the driver of new initiatives. If this sound like you then email your resume and cover letter to jobs@delridgegrocery.coop.  The full description of the job and position requirements can be downloaded here.

Delridge Grocery Cooperative has been years in the making and has s a committed team of grassroots community board members who have worked to make this dream a reality. They are now poised to launch and open the store in late summer 2014 – and are seeking a Start-up General Manager to lead this launch. With hundreds of owners, this is an opportunity to serve the needs of the community and have a unique impact in being a catalyst for change in Delridge. Our future landlord and community partner, DESC, provides housing upstairs for 66 formerly homeless residents in a building on Delridge Way SW, where the store will be located.

The manager will work closely with DESC as the space is built out, and with Delridge Grocery Cooperative’s Board of Directors and stakeholders in the community, to get the word out, raise additional capital, and simultaneously develop systems, obtain equipment and hire and train staff for opening day. Delridge Grocery Cooperative is looking for candidates to make at least an 18 month commitment to launching the store, but the position will continue indefinitely for a successful GM interested in continuing on after that.

UW Botanical Gardens Winter/Spring Class Catalog & Courses Available

botanic garden logoThe University of Washington Botanical Gardens Educational Program has posted their new Winter/Spring 2014 class offerings. They have cool classes on a variety of topics all winter and spring.

Want to learn a little about woody plant selections or proper pruning? Or are you curious about saving seedsforaging for your food, or becoming a beekeeper? Become a First Detector, and learn to monitor plant pests in our area. The Botanical Gardens Educational Program has all these and more in their new catalog! Take a look and find something new and unusual for the new year.

Link to 2014 Winter/Spring class catalog: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/2014Winter_SpringWebVersion.pdf

For more information contact Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, www.uwbotanicgardens.org/education, or cll 206-685-8033 or email urbhort@uw.edu.

 

Environmental Working Group Posts “Dirty Dozen” List of Endrocrine Disruptors

DirtyDozenEndocrineDisruptorPosterThe Environmental Working Group has partnered with the Keep-A-Breast Foundation to bring attention to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies such as increasing production of certain hormones, decreasing production of others, imitating hormones, turning one hormone into another – and so much more.

The two groups have created a Dirty Dozen list which includes BPA, phthalates and other endocrine disruptors that are widespread in consumer products such as plastic containers, food cans and fragrances.

Review the list here and see if there are items in your household or workplace which are on this list.

The list also includes common contaminants that many people don’t realize can be hormone disruptors, not only those familiar toxins – arsenic, mercury and lead – but other, less familiar chemicals such as glycol ethers and perfluorinated chemicals. The guide is intended for consumers of all ages, particularly young people who are most at risk from these dangerous substances.

EWG researchers compiled the new Dirty Dozen list by scouring scientific literature and identifying the most hazardous and widely-used hormone-disrupting chemicals that pollute the environment and ultimately our bodies. These substances are frequently found in food, water and consumer products. Studies have linked them to a wide array of health problems, including cancer, birth defects, lowered sperm count, lowered IQ, obesity and thyroid disease.

Meaningful Movies Opens with “Gamble of Our Lives,” Review of GM Foods & Effects

Genetic Roulette openingWest Seattle Meaningful Movies is Launching.

The movies will be on the first Saturday of the Month. The kickoff movie is timed with the 522 Inigtiative campaign, the next on immigration, and the third on coal trains.

West Seattle Meaningful Movies presents:

  • Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives – a movie about  genetically modified food
  • Saturday, October 5, 7:00 pm
  • at Neighborhood House at High Point, 6400 Sylvan Way, SW (right where SW Morgan St. turns into Sylvan Way SW).
  • Free (donations accepted)
  • Refreshments
  • Discussion
Lab animals, livestock, and pets have developed serious health problems after eating genetically modified (GM) foods. Similar health problems are now on the rise in the U.S. population.

Doctors, scientists, and independent researchers describe the effects of GM food hazards and how they have affected real people’s lives. The health of all living things, and of future generations, is involved, come learn how and participate in the discussion following the movie.  More information on meaningful movies at westseattlemeaningfulmovies.org

Here is a link to the film trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv96D_ZURzs

For more information, contact Denis Martynowych at 206 291-6596 or denismarty@gmail.com.

King County Conservation District Offers Money, Labor, Design Help for Landowners

KCD headerKing County Conservation District funding is available to landowners for stream and wetland habitat restoration.

The King Conservation District has a variety of programs to help landowners with aquatic areas to protect and improve the health of streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes, and ponds.

King County Conservation District provide project design, labor from the Washington Conservation Corps to remove invasive species, re-plant with natives, and three years of free maintenance and monitoring.

KCD’s services and labor are free. Landowners pay a small cost-share for materials, including plants and mulch. To be eligible, landowners must have a KCD Farm Plan. To learn more about KCD habitat enhancement services, contact Jacobus Saperstein at 425-282-1912, or email him at jacobus.saperstein@kingcd.org.

August Community Forum: Our Annual Lincoln Park Picnic @ Shelter #3

2012 SWS picnicJoin Sustainable West Seattle this coming Monday, August 19th for our annual community harvest celebration and picnic.  We will be gathering at Shelter #3, the large shelter with a barbecue grill on the southern end of the park near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal dock.

The picnic begins around 4:30 pm with the preparation of the grill. We should have everything ready for celebrating by 5:00 pm.  Members, guests, and new folks who want to check out this group are asked to bring a potluck item to share — side dish OR dessert would be great.  SWS will provide the protein for the BBQ + condiments.  Bring your own dishes/utensils, if possible.  The picnic continues through sunset on the beach and usually concludes around 9:00 pm with shelter area clean-up.

We’ll honor a few of the amazing people in our local community, too – Sustainability Champion and Volunteer of the Year.  Also, consider bringing your acoustic instrument to share a song or two with our creative & playful group…maybe a community jam will happen?!  We’d love to hear about the “green” things you’ve been up to in the last year!  Come on out and connect with an inspring community of people, ideas, and practice!

CSA Subscriptions Available From Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens

 high_pt_p_patchThe Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens CSA (community-supported agriculture) program is accepting subscribers for its farm-fresh organic produce. Each week subscribers receive up to 15 items of seasonal produce grown at the NewHolly and High Point Seattle Market Gardens, a city of Seattle program that helps to establish safe healthy communities and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.

The cost ranges from $15 to $25 a week based on size of the share. Prorated shares are available. Two of the pick-up locations are at the gardens where subscribers can meet the immigrant farmers and visit the site.

The pick-up locations, dates, and times are:

  • Thursdays from 5:00 pm to  7:00 pm, June 6 through October 17

High Point Market Garden (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau St.)

NewHolly Market Garden (42nd Ave. South and South Rockery Dr.)

  • Saturdays from 10:00 am to dusk, June 8 through October 19

St. Andrews Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th St.)

Community members can subscribe now by completing and mailing an application with payment or by contacting Julie Bryan, P-Patch Coordinator, at julie.bryan@seattle.gov or by phone at 206-257-8257.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with the Seattle Housing Authority and P-Patch Trust to support low-income gardeners. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn about the Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/marketgardens/.

Visit GreenLife @ West Seattle Summerfest Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 12 thru 14

Screen Shot 2013-07-09 at 11.49.54 amGreenLife will once again be an integral element of the West Seattle Summerfest – West Seattle’s annual three-day super street festival along California Avenue in the West Seattle Junction.

Sustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Nursery are sponsoring GreenLife, located in the Chase Bank drive-through area next to Sleepers in Seattle and adjacent to Edmunds Street SW.

The GreenLife area has vendor booths for local businesses which specialize in green and sustainable services, technologies and products, and there are local organization and non-profit booths featuring groups which play a major role in education, advocacy and leadership in the sustainable and environmental awareness fields.

We will also have a series of presentations and demonstrations throughout the three-day weekend. Each day on the GreenLife stage there will be speakers offering tips on home canning, electrical generation using solar cells on your roof, making beer in your backyard (or basement), a tutorial on how to safely and efficiently use bikes with your kids to get around town and many more. To see a larger version of the schedule, click on the image to open a new window with a larger version. The presentations are being underwritten by Alki Bike and Board, 2606 California Ave. SW, in the Admiral District.

The Mobile Tool Library will also be stationed at the GreenLife entrance and visitors can tour and learn more about the Mobile library and the more extensive West Seattle Tool Library located at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  The Tool Library just expanded its weekly schedule and is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

A special feature of the GreenLife presentations will be a choreographed dance presentation called “Slavery of the System.” More information on this special presentation is at the end of this article.

Organizations and Businesses Who Will Be At GreenLife Include:

Special Dance Presentation:

Slavery of the System is the first installment of the Illuminatio trilogy, a collaboration based on the work, Illuminatio: Yo Soy, written by Spanish playwright Antonio Delgado at the beginning of Spain’s economic crisis in 2008. From the Latin word meaning ‘illumination,’ Illuminatio was written to lift up man’s spirit to a higher state of consciousness and light a way forward to transformation through a highly symbolic collaborative work of art. Amanda Goodwin, a close friend of Delgado’s from the years she lived in Spain, collaborated with the dancers, actors, and acting director, Josh Williamson, to bring Antonio’s vision to life.

  • Characters: (dancers names underlined)
    • Protagonist/ HammerStella Scott – works unconsciously alongside the other masks until she accidentally drops her hammer
    • Tape MeasureKatherine Murphy – must quantify everything
    • SanderMichele McCauley – smoothes everything over
    • WrenchErin Hanada – stuck in a pendulum
    • SmithMichelle Froehlich – pounds on her anvil the axiom that nothing will move unless acted on with force
    • BroomVorece Batchman-Miller – sweeps away all conflict before it can be reconciled
    • OverseerSierra Bernhoft – out-of-control control freak boss
    • El LocoJoshua Williamson – shamanic character
    • ReasonBelle Wolf – cold, calculating queen of the masks

The Illuminatio Project was made possible through support and funding from:

  • Sustainable West Seattle
  • Nature Consortium/ Arts in Nature Festival
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For more information visit www.TheIlluminatioProject.com or contact Amanda Goodwin at TheIlluminatioProject@yahoo.com.

 

Help Create New, Sustainable Organic Community Garden @ Westcrest Park

Westcrest P-Patch Image1Join Sustainable West Seattle on Saturday, May 18, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the new Westcrest P-Patch.  SWS members and members of the Westcrest P-Patch will be taking knowledge learned from the past two Successful Gardening with Nature forums and applying that knowledge to creating a new permaculture-oriented community garden, the produce of which will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.

The project is called Presto Garden and is possible through donations from community members and volunteer time from SWS members, from Westcrest P-Patch members, and from White Center Food Bank volunteers.

The community is pulling together to create a permanent vegetable garden to grow healthy, organic food for the White Center Food Bank.  Fresh local produce is of great benefit for the White Center Food Bank and is one of the food staples which is the most difficult to get and keep stocked.  An essential component of social justice is healthy food for everyone and that’s one of the goals for this project. Another goal is to create a new community of local, Westcrest P-Patch-based organic farmers who use the techniques which have been part of the Spring forum series held at the South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center.

The Presto Garden fulfills many of Sustainable West Seattle’s mission objectives, including:

  • Social Justice – providing healthy food for everyone in the community goes a long way toward equity;
  • Building Community – bringing together volunteers, non-profits and businesses to create a garden that produces organic vegetables, fruits and herbs for the White Center Food Bank;
  • Sustainability – growing food locally for our community is a sustainable activity.

Come join the fun and learn how to do organic gardens for yourself.  There will be refreshments at the Saturday preparation and planting party.

The following donations are being made to help complete the garden in a single day:

April Forum: Successful Gardening with Nature II – Designing Perfect Garden

Sustainable West Seattle’s April Forum, a continuation of our Spring series “Successful Gardening with Nature,” will be on Monday, April 15, at the West Seattle Community Orchard.  This time we’re looking at  “Designing the Perfect Garden.”

Before you start planting, start planning, it’s as simple as that. Successful food gardens are well planned to take advantage of natural features such as sun and shade as well as structural features like walls, concrete and fences. From pathways to the kitchen a good plan benefits plant to plant interaction, pest control, aesthetics, and ease of gardening.

  • Where:
    • West Seattle Community Orchard, South Seattle Community College;
  • When:
    • 6:00 pm Meet and Greet, SWS announcements;
    • 6:15 to 6:55 pm, Tour the Orchard with Q & A regarding the orchard plan;
    • 7:00 to 8:00 pm,  Food from local gardens and drink will be served, followed by a power point presentation with local gardens being shown as well as permaculture design principles being described. The 3 dimensional garden will be described.

Come and enjoy the company of fellow gardeners and learn perhaps some new tricks.