Delridge Grocery Coop Launches Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Farmstand

DelridgeGroceryWebLogoThe Delridge Grocery Coop has exciting news to announce: The Friday Farmstand launches this week!

Finally – fresh, local, sustainable fruits and vegetables in Delridge.

Come by every Friday all summer from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 5435 Delridge Way SW.  This is two doors south of the library, and across the street from Delridge Grocery Coop’s future full-service grocery location.

Celebrate the launch this Friday, July 18th, with free lemonade at the farmstand, and a fun comedy event afterwards from 8-12 at the Skylark Cafe.

  • Want to be more involved? 
  • Volunteer and take home free produce!

Help run the produce stand and take home some leftovers! It’s easy and fun, and we’ll provide training.

Sign up for volunteer shifts online

Join the Canning Club!

Do you like canning pickles and jams to save for the winter? Join Friday Farmstand Canning Club and get first crack and discount prices on bulk quantities of leftover produce!

To sign up, email Farmstand Manager Ariana at taylorstanley@gmail.com with your name and phone number. You must be available to pick-up produce after the farmstand, at 7:30 pm on Fridays.

Need a lesson in canning? Check out offerings from Seattle Tilth or Delridge’s own Little Red Hen Project.

Help the Delridge Grocery Coop Spread the word!

They need lots of word-of-mouth marketing to make this farmstand a success! How you can help:

For more information contact Ariana Taylor-Stanley, Farmstand Manager, at 206-660-8958, or by email at

taylorstanley@gmail.com.

Seattle Parks Month-Long Earth Day Celebration: Help Clean, Restore and Improve City Parks – Pick A Park, Sign Up

EarthDayEverydayCelebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, works toward improving the quality of life for Seattle residents every day. Because open spaces and greenspaces provide tremendous educational and recreational opportunities, it is vital to maintain them.

For example, our own Camp Long spent 2013 training the next generation of environmental stewards, helping 2,500 participants enhance their teamwork and leadership skills at the ropes challenge course, training 32 teens and 36 adults to teach outdoor experiential learning and hosting 22 immigrant families for a camping immersion weekend.

Parks and Recreation is choosing to celebrate not just April 22 as Earth Day, but all of April as Earth Month. Join Seattle Parks and Recreation in giving back to our parks and helping sustain and celebrate the City’s outdoor classrooms. Events kick off this Friday, April 4.

  • April 4: Remember the Earth at Ravenna Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Celebrate Earth Month by removing invasive plants at Ravenna Park with EarthCorps. Tools, gloves, light refreshments and education about local ecology provided. Register by April 1 at http://www.earthcorps.org/volunteer.php
  • April 5 and April 19: Earth Month at Seward Park, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    • Bring your family and friends to celebrate Earth Month at Seward Park and restore shoreline habitat with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed through the Green Seattle Partnership! For details, call Amy Kaeser at 206-297-8141.
  • April 5 and April 25: Earth Month at Camp Long, 10 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 6: Celebrate the Earth at Little Brook Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
  • April 12: Celebrate the Earth at Kingfisher Natural Area, 10 am to 1:00 pm
  • April 16: Specialized Programs Starlight Social at Miller Community Center, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
    • This is a fun weekly social program for special needs individuals 18 years and older at Miller Community Center. The theme for April 16 is Earth Day Cleanup and Craft. To register, call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4950.
  • April 17: Plant Exchange at Miller Community Center, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Celebrate springtime in Seattle with fellow gardeners at Miller Community Center. Share plants, seeds, tools, supplies, yard art and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, especially new gardeners. You don’t need to bring anything, but recyclable containers will help carry away your treasures. For details, call the community center at 206-684-4753.
  • April 19: Earth Gay 2014 at Cheasty Greenspace, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • April 19: Earth Day Celebration at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 19: Earth Day Service Project at Seward Park, 10:00 to 2:00 pm
  • April 19: Beach Cleanup at Discovery Park and Lincoln Park, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
    • Celebrate the Earth by making a difference in the health of Puget Sound. Puget Sound beaches get trashed (literally) during the winter months and need cleaning. All needed supplies and safety instructions provided. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
  • April 19Are You Bloomin’ Mad? at Discovery Park,  1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Celebrate the Earth by learning about Pacific Northwest forests at Discovery Park. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of spring wildflowers and learn some of the local plants that make our habitats healthy. This program designed for ages 5 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, call the Discovery Park Visitors Center at 206-386-4236.
  • April 21 through 27: Earth Week with Friends of the Burke-Gilman, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Celebrate Earth Week on the Burke-Gilman Trail digging out blackberries with your neighbors. For details, email Jim Corson at jim.corson@comcast.net.
  • April 22: Earth Day Service Project for Youth at Rainier Beach Community Center
    • Join Rainier Beach Community Center in giving back. All youth ages 12-17 are encouraged to attend. This project may qualify for school service learning hours. For details, call the community center at 206-386-1925.
  • April 26: Earth Month at Westcrest Park, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • April 26: 34th Annual Carkeek Park Earth Day, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    • Looking for ways to get involved at your favorite park? Visit Carkeek Park to learn about short-term and long-term opportunities to keep the area thriving. For more information, call Bill Malatinsky at 206-684-5999 or email Bill.Malatinsky@seattle.gov.

For more work party events, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/calendar/volunteer.htm.

SWS Volunteer Orientation and Appreciation Party May 3 – Celebrating Past and Current Volunteers – Recruiting New Volunteers!

New Volunteer Event Poster-page-0Please come join Sustainable West Seattle at the Cross Fit Gym in Admiral for our first Volunteer Orientation and Volunteer Appreciation Party. Our new date is May 3 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Our exciting and informative agenda will include: orientation for new volunteers including a description of what Sustainable West Seattle volunteers do and where new volunteers can help with the many opportunities we offer.

SWS volunteers work at the Tool Library, the Community Orchard, the Tox-Ick wastewater awareness program, the multiple bicycle activities including Spokespeople, West Seattle Bike Connections, DIY – teaching youth to repair bikes, and many more activities where our volunteers are the essential ingredient.

Later in the day, we will host our Volunteer Appreciation Party that will include a pot-luck. SWS will provide some of the more essential food and drink elements.

For additional information contact Kimberly Leeper at kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

Contact: Kimberly Leeper  Kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

2014 GreenLife Application Now Available

GreenLife RegistrationSustainable West Seattle and the West Seattle Junction Association are pleased to announce that the application for the 2014 GreenLife section of West Seattle Summer Fest is now available online:  https://oliverlittle.wufoo.com/forms/greenlife-2014-registration-form/

The mission of GreenLife is to to raise awareness and equip our community with tools, knowledge and capabilities to create a more sustainable West Seattle. We are looking for local businesses to showcase merchandise, products and services related to these goals.

Organizations, including many local non-profits, contributing to this Expo will provide information, demonstrations and products in these areas:

  • Home gardens – grow your own food, capture your rain water
  • Composting – how to do it in your kitchen or yard
  • Permaculture – what is it and how your garden can be sustainable
  • Bee keeping and honey – how to raise a hive and harvest the honey
  • Backyard chickens – learn how to raise and keep them
  • Community fruit harvesting – learn how you can help the Food Banks
  • Puget Sound and local streams – learn how you can help clean them up

The application requires a $20 application fee. The tabling cost is $250 for commercial vendors and $75 for non-profit vendors. The application deadline is April 15th, but we usually fill up prior to this date so get your application in early.

Please contact Christina Hahs at christina.hahs@gmail.com or 360-269-0332 with questions.

Seattle Public Library Featuring Edible Garden Classes @ Variety of Library Sites

SPL Edible Garden logoJoin the Seattle Public Library in April and May for classes in gardening, composting, beekeeping and urban gardens. The Edible Garden Series includes events and presentations for all ages on edible gardening, food advocacy, and sustainability at locations around the city.

The first several classes are listed below, click here for the complete schedule of classes.

Edible Garden Series Kickoff

  • Saturday, April 5, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
    • 440 Fifth Ave. N.
  • Get your gardening and food questions answered! Help kick off the Library’s Edible Garden Series at the Gates Foundation’s “Food for Good” event.

Choosing the Right Home Composting System for You

  • Saturday, April 5, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Beacon Hill Branch
  • Want to compost food and yard waste at home but don’t know where to start? Let the experts at Seattle Tilth help you get started

Composting for Apartment Dwellers

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • Central Library
  • Have limited space, but want to recycle your food scraps into rich compost? Come see how easy it is to get started composting in your apartment or condo.

Update on Friends of Seattle Public Library Used Book Sale:

Since 1997 Friends of The Seattle Public Library Book Sale operations has been located at Warren G. Magnuson Park. In late 2012, their book sale operations needed to move out of Building 30 at Magnuson Park so that structural renovations could be made to the building. They’ve since relocated to 2015 9th Ave., Seattle – the floor above the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library on the corner of 9th Ave. & Lenora St.

As you can imagine, moving materials and setting up for a sale is a bit more challenging now that they’re not located in the same building as the hangar. In 2013, Friends of Seattle Public Library held two small sales at the North Seattle Community College in the spring and went back to Magnuson Park in September to put on their Big Fall Book Sale.

This year, they will continue to have their Big Fall Book Sale at Magnuson Park, and a one-day holiday sale at North Seattle Community College, with a goal of going back to a Spring and Fall Sale at Magnuson Park in 2015. There will be no spring sale this year. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, feel free to contact Alice Springer, Book Sale and Administrative Director, at  alice@friendsofspl.org.

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!!

Sustainable West Seattle Seeks New Board Members for 2014

SWStablingHelp make West Seattle more sustainable and resilient!

Sustainable West Seattle (SWS) is seeking new board members for 2014. We seek individuals who can commit 8 to 12 (or more) hours monthly to help us in growing SWS. Our mission is to “educate, create and advocate for sustainability in our local community.”

Board members meet once a month as a steering committee and often serve either as an officer or play a leadership role in one of our major projects, or board members lead with grantwriting, fundraising, or membership. Our board is both informal, friendly and committed to improving our community.

SWS seeks in 2014 to focus on improving our innovative projects –

We are also aiming to improve our volunteer support, fundraising, and outreach to diverse communities.

If supporting this important non-profit is appealing to you by committing to our board for a 1-year term, please contact Bryan Fiedorczyk at bryan@sustainablewestseattle.org. We would love to hear from interested parties before our annual Membership meeting on January 21, 2014.

Seattle Parks To Pilot Dementia-Friendly Programs at Several City Park Locations

Dementia-friendly_leftSeattle Parks and Recreation will pilot new Dementia-Friendly recreation opportunities starting in January 2014.

Throughout 2014, Seattle Parks and Recreation will pilot a variety of recreation programming geared to persons who live with memory loss. These “dementia–friendly” activities are intended to enhance the lives of those living with early stage memory loss. Care partners are also welcome to participate. Programs offer participants a chance to engage, create, learn, and be active, all in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will work with other innovative community partners such as Greenwood Senior Center, the Alzheimer’s Association, Aegis on Madison, Elderwise and Outdoors for All, to offer a variety of dementia-friendly recreation programs such as a vigorous fitness class at Miller Community Center, watercolor painting at the Seattle Japanese Garden and Volunteer Park, a snowshoe hike near Snoqualmie Pass, a memory loss walking group at Woodland Park Zoo, and a volunteer program at Cherry Street Food Bank.

“The Memory Loss Zoo Walk is designed to get us out into the fresh air so we can have fun and socialize, and to help us feel we’re part of a supportive community,” says one participant who lives with memory loss.

Dementia-friendly recreation programs are being piloted in response to the growing number of people living with dementia in the community, and the recognition that persons with dementia can lead full and meaningful lives.

“The food bank volunteer program is a fun way for my dad to keep engaged and be social without any expectations or pressure,” says the daughter of a man living with memory loss.

Over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to triple by the year 2050. Many who are diagnosed feel fearful, lost and alone. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Many living with memory loss are finding opportunities to stay connected and enjoy life.

“It’s exciting that we’re working with community partners to expand opportunities for people living with memory loss,” says Parks Recreation Specialist Mari Becker. “Even more exciting is that people living with memory loss are engaged in designing the kind of programs they want to see happen. And it’s exciting to be part of a movement, momentia, telling a new story about what it means to live with dementia. For too long, the dementia story has been all about fear, loss of purpose, and isolation. The new dementia story is about hope, meaning and connection. And the entire community can play a part in making that happen!”

The concept for dementia-friendly recreation programs was developed through the leadership of Lifelong Recreation (recreation programs for people age 50+) alongside a task force of staff and community members, including people living with dementia and their care partners. Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to participate in a citywide coalition dedicated to building a dementia-friendly Seattle.

To get more information, to volunteer or to register for a program, please contact RecreationSpecialist Mari Becker, 206-684-4664, mari.becker@seattle.gov. For additional information “like us” on Life Long Recreation Facebook page and stay-up-to-date on programs such as Minds in Motion, Memory Loss Zoo Walk and Snowshoe Hike or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/seniors/index.htm

February 8 Is Neighbor Appreciation Day, Apply for Small Sparks Grant To Help Out

NeighborAppreciationDayNeighbor Appreciation day is February 8, 2014.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is Seattle’s annual recognition of great neighbors. Celebrate by planning an activity in your neighborhood. It might be eligible for the Small Sparks Fund, which supports projects that connect and engage people in Seattle communities.

Community Projects include neighborhood events like these:

  • Organize a Block Watch, a program of Seattle Police Department: Click here for tools and information;
  • Hold a neighborhood food or clothing drive;
  • Have a neighborhood BBQ, potluck, pancake breakfast or spaghetti feed;
  • Organize a SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepared) meeting. Click here for tools and information;
  • Organize a game or sporting event;
  • Have a block party;
  • Invite neighbors over for dessert;
  • Organize a neighborhood rummage or garage sale;

Other Possible Ideas:

  • Go for a bike ride with your neighbor and check out the local scenery;
  • Stop by your local fire station and meet the crew;
  • Find other neighbors who play instruments and play music;
  • Go for a hike with some neighbors;
  • Have a progressive event: a progressive dinner or progressive work party;
  • Have a cookie exchange;
  • Hold a ‘Stencil a Storm Drain’ party.  Click here for more information;
  • Hold a bake sale for charity or to raise money for a neighborhood project;
  • Visit your local park with a neighbor;
  • Have a neighborhood treasure hunt;
  • Have a book or plant exchange;
  • Neighborhood Clean-up

Small Sparks application for Neighbor Appreciation Day are due January 8, 2014.

For Neighbor Appreciation Day information and ideas, visit Seattle.gov/neighborhoods/neighborday

For information about the Small Sparks Fund, visit Seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf.

Fundraiser for West Seattle Tool Library Set for December 6 @ Youngstown Arts Center

Tool Library Fundraiser PosterAfter nearly 3-1/2 years of providing free tools, advice and workshop space to the community on a donation basis, the West Seattle Tool Library is holding its first fundraiser and inclusive “Festivus” party.

Everyone is welcome. No cover charge.

The fundraiser gala, which will also serve as Sustainable West Seattle’s annual winter holiday party, will be held Friday,  Dec. 6, from 6:00 to 9:30 pm. Any funds raised will go to the maintenance of tool library operations, as well as potential enhancements such as extended hours and more classes, depending on the amount raised.

To be held at the dance studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts center, the fundraiser is being billed as a Festivus in a nod to a classic Seinfeld episode with beer, wine, soft drinks, food, music, a silent auction, kids activities and a used tool sale. In addition, discounts will be offered on new and renewing tool library memberships (normally  a suggested $40 a year). And members who have tool library items that they’ve been meaning to return will be offered amnesty for any returned tools. No fines and no questions asked!

Donations and volunteer help for the fundraiser are still needed. If you are an individual or business with a item you’d like to donate for the silent auction please contact Christy True at christytrue@gmail.com. Food and beverage donations also welcome. Donors will be recognized in a public way at the event. Anyone who would like to volunteer to help at the event should email kimberly@sustainablewestseattle.org

Since opening in the summer of 2010, the West Seattle Tool Library has built an inventory of more than 1,500 tools, signed up more than 1,000 members, offered many classes and served as the home of the Fixer’s Collective and Ask an Expert night. It has been a model to many other tool libraries that have popped up in the Puget Sound region and beyond and received positive media attention as an example of the type of sharing economy projects needed to make the world more sustainable. It is a nonprofit project of Sustainable West Seattle. You can learn more and check out our inventory at www.wstoollibrary.org