The Village Green Nursery Is COOL

RoseWhere else can you go learn about homemade rose tea or fragrant rose syrups in West Seattle on a Saturday and go for “A Wild Edible Walk and Talk” on Sunday? Well there might be a couple of other places, but this one looks fun too! An excerpt from their Rose Blog Blast reads:

“Do you remember being in your grandmothers gardens when the most fragrant roses were in bloom?

Fragrance takes us back to a time in the past, where scent has been locked into memory. We may not even realize the memory exists until we smell something to jog the memory. My aunt Edna used to grow the most amazing roses. Her house was always filled with amazing food and flower scents.

When I moved here, the roses were not at all something I was looking forward to working with. I’ve since come to truly LOVE roses!

The term ‘Old roses’ does not refer to roses that were in the garden when you moved into your house….’old roses’ actually refers to antique varieties that came over with early settlers from China, Europe and the Far East. We’re talking old. These are cutting from the original plants, also called ‘own root roses’ meaning they are grown from cuttings from the parent plant, here on the property.”

Sounds fuN! Check out the Rose Events each Saturday in June from 1-3pm and the Wild Edible Walk and Talk on Sunday June 7th 11-12pm.


WS Land Use Committee Meeting

West Seattle Land Use Committee -WSLuc
At this meeting as the Person of Interest we will have Paul Haury of the NERDS – Paul and his group have many notches under their belt from experiences with DPD along the Avalon Way Corridor.

Agenda for WSLUC – Wednesday April 29 Meeting
 – 6pm Southwest Library on 35th Ave SW:

  • 6pm – Introductions and follow up on our Land Use 101 mini-seminar by Deb Barker and Cindi Barker
  • 6:30pm – Person of Interest – Paul Haury
  • 7:00 – Looking Forward – Discussion and Planning for helping to leverage the various West Seattle Land Use Action Groups efforts – MISSION STATEMENT!
Hot topics right now are
  • the CVS Pharmacy at the Fauntleroy Triangle
  • the NERDS ongoing battle with DPD about Avalon
  • —- we need to gather hot button projects from all of West Seattle
Tod Rodman

West Seattle Land Use Committee -WSLuc

Earth Week Barbeque and Fun


Celebrate Earth Week with your neighbors at the West Seattle Tool Library!

Save the Date, Sunday, April 19th from noon to 4pm for fun and food.

Activities for the whole family include,

    Healthy local foods BBQ, including veggies, burgers, brats, and delicious side dishes-Kids seed start and worm farming-Free garden tool sharpening and wheel barrow repairs-Free bicycle repair clinics-Bio Char demonstrations-West Seattle Tool Library membership discounts-and for the current members, LATE TOOL RETURN AMNESTY!

Indoors or Outdoors at the Youngstown Cultural and Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way SW.

Recommended donations $10 individual or $20 Family family-bbq-md

Start Earth Week off by celebrating the success of the West Seattle Tool Library on Sunday April 19th from noon to 4pm. The West Seattle Tool Library is a project of Sustainable West Seattle and provides tools for DIY projects as well as for community organizations working toward an earth friendly society.

Local Businesses Combat Seattle’s Leftover Paint Problem

Second Use Building Materials and NOVO Painting are teaming up to combat the issue of used paint in Seattle. Without a paint stewardship program, Washington residents are forced to dry leftover latex paint with kitty litter or paint hardener and toss it in the landfill.

In effort to divert leftover latex paint from the landfill and get it into the hands of people that need it, Second Use and NOVO Painting are hosting a Used Paint Drive on March 28th from 10-4 at the Second Use Store in SODO.

There is no cost for individuals to drop off leftover paint, but there are the following requirements:

Paint must be in good, reusable condition. Second Use reserves the right to turn away unsatisfactory paint
Paint must be free of any solid matter
Paint must be latex
Paint will only be accepted between 10-4 on March 28th.
This is a one-time event, and paint donations outside of those hours will be refused.
In an effort to allow the most households to participate, we cannot accept quantities exceeding 25 gallons
Individuals or community groups interested in free used paint can contact to receive more information about paint distribution.

Please help our community responsibly dispose of their paint by sharing this event.  Do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.

Meaningful Movies this Saturday

Saturday March 7th
West Seattle Meaningful Movies brings to you        Pay 2 Play
Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes 

A film by John Wellington Ennis 


Pay 2 Play lays out a compelling case against corporate personhood.” L.A. Times 
This humorous and provocative film connects the dots of Big Money in our ever-challenging election process. A layperson’s guidebook to taking back our democracy. Featuring Robert Reich, Van Jones, Marianne Williamson, Noam Chomsky, and many more.
6:30 doors open for snacks and social time
7:00 movie, followed by optional discussion
6400 Sylvan Way SWSeattle 98126
Bus numbers 21 and 128
NO CHARGE, but donations gratefully received.
Help us minimize waste—bring your own mug.

Vision Zero a refreshing thought

Mayor Ed Murray inspired us all this week when he unveiled his Vision Zero traffic initiative. The plan is to eliminate all traffic fatalities which is a lofty goal indeed but there could be other refreshing results. The main component of the plan is to lower speed limits throughout the city which would lessen the impact in the case of an accident as well as provide a greater reaction time to avoid accidents. These lower speed limits drastically increase the chance of survival, especially for vulnerable users such as pedestrians and cyclists but will only increase the daily travel time by mere seconds and minutes. This slower pace may also be what our community needs at this time. The way our society has been moving ever faster through life is an ill that many of us bear. A slower pace may do us some good as described by Cecil Andrews in her book “Slow is Beautiful” . The slower pace also has the potential for reducing individual transportation carbon emissions. Let’s embrace this idea.

WS TimeBank Event This Thursday!

The first WSTB members meeting of 2015 is upon us! On February 19th, come
reconnect with fellow timebankers and learn about the changes taking place
to make us a more vibrant community in West Seattle and Burien.Date:    Thursday, February 19, 2015
Where:   Senior Center of West Seattle
4217 SW Oregon St. – parking in the lot off 42nd Ave SW
Time:    6:30 – 7:00 Potluck (bring a dish to share)
7:00 – 8:00 Members Meeting

Our meeting will feature:
–    The future of WSTB and how it affects you as a member
–    Inspiration with upcoming participation opportunities: future
speakers, timebank needs, and member interaction
–    An opportunity to provide feedback on WSTB member meetings and activities

All attendees who sign in at the meeting will receive an hour of timebank
credit.This month’s speaker will be from Weed Warriors

Look forward to spring with some of our current member’s offerings and
requests: Garden Planning * Bicycle Repair and Maintenance * Pet Care and
Walking * Organization and Downsizing Assistance * Software and Design
Projects * Yoga, Baking, and Canning Lessons

Board Meets to Elect New Officers For 2015

The 2015 Sustainable West Seattle Board of Directors has formed and Officers were determined at the February meeting of the board.
This year’s board consists of:

swskellie     swsbryan

EricSWS     swsanya

rsz_1tswsbrian_selfie_2     swsStu

From left to right
Kellie Phelan, Bryan Fiedorczyk, Eric Thomas, Anya Gedrath-Smith, Brian Fabella and Stu Hennessey.

The officers for 2015 are:
President: Bryan Fiedorczyk, Vice President: Stu Hennessey, Secretary: Kellie Phelan, Treasure: Brian Fabella.

Goals for this year include a revised website, more public engagement through our projects and partnerships and new membership benefits and involvement. If you wish to be more involved with this community organization there is still room on the board of directors and we are recruiting for new board members in 2016. Otherwise join one of our many projects and volunteer for our events. If you wish to find a volunteer position contact Stu Hennessey,

Love and Sustainability: Go Green this Valentine’s Day

Valentines day

With the hallmark of Hallmark holidays upon us, the pressure is building. This annual celebration of consumerism is the bane of sustainable and environmentally conscientious individuals everywhere. Americans spend about $3.4 billion on wasteful gifts like cards, candy, and stuffed bears, as reported by Investopedia.

Seattle residents are among the most eco-conscious folks in the nation, thus have a ton of options for avoiding this greedy grind. A haven of fair trade, organic retailers and charitable organizations, Seattle offers couples and singles ways to enjoy the tradition of Valentine’s Day without contributing to the wasteful customs associated with the holiday. Read on.

Eat local:

If you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, order organically. Instead of reserving a table at one of those big-business chain restaurants, support local business and head to a place like Tilth Restaurant on North 45th Street or Marjorie on East Union Street. Both are local favorites: Tilth offers seasonal American fare, all organic, while Marjorie is prime for fresh gourmet surf and turf.

Organic flowers:

Flowers are the staple of Valentine’s Day traditions. Naturally, these go-to gifts are biodegradable. However, you can go one step further this holiday and purchase your partner beautiful flowers from a company that is committed to supporting human rights and labor standards. Build a custom bouquet to reflect your loved one’s taste and represent the uniqueness of the relationship. Pre-designed Valentine’s Day flower bouquets are also a great idea for the lover of tulips, roses or Stargazer lilies. Then, when the bouquet starts to wilt, pressed flowers make beautiful memorabilia to immortalize a very special day.

Recycled Valentines:

Instead of buying a new gift, use recycled materials to craft one. Homemade vintage and old-fashioned valentines hold more meaning and allure for the eco-friendly Valentine. Construct a one-of-a-kind gift like homemade paper flowers, dried flower petals or scraps of fabric into heartfelt tokens of affection.

Fair Trade Chocolate:

Another Valentine’s Day tradition is chocolate. But no self-respecting conversationalist wants a box of carelessly crafted commercial candy. However, cocoa farming is tied to some very questionable environmental and ethical issues, so choose wisely. Theo Chocolate in Seattle roasts their own organic, fair trade certified cocoa beans, and create 70 percent cacao dark chocolate indulgences.

Date with a purpose:

The Friends of the Conservatory is hosting a romantic wine and cocktail tasting event on Valentine’s Day for couples to congregate under the starlit houses of the Volunteer Park Conservatory. The experience includes delightful cocktails concocted with spirits from The Hardware Distillery, a local craft distiller specializing in whiskies, bee’s knees, aquavit and fine gins in Hoodsport, Washington. Plus, the stellar wine selections will be presented by Grand Vin Win Merchants. Enjoy yourself knowing that the money you spend is going right back into the community.

Give kindness:

Instead of spending a lot of money on the one you love, try creating kindness together. Purchase a handful of King County Metro one-day bus passes and hand them out to passengers waiting to board to wish them a happy Valentine’s Day. It is a small gesture, but hey, who doesn’t love a free ride?

Seattle is a special kind of city, so don’t settle for normal this holiday. Break the cycle of ritual waste from thoughtless spending and make Valentine’s Day a distinct and delightful experience. Leave your carbon footprint at home and replace it with a gentle footprint on your love’s heart.