Make Your Own Cheese – EOS Alliance Course

Reduce your grocery list and increase your fun! Come learn to make feta at this exciting workshop with instructor Jessica Dally. Learning to make feta will give you the building blocks for making more difficult cheeses like cheddar, gouda, and brie without requiring any special equipment. Feta is easy enough for beginners to make and complicated enough to be the next step for someone wanting to expand their cheesemaking knowledge. You’ll come away with knowledge of more complicated cheeses, as well as easy recipes for mascarpone, mozzarella and gouda, and a taste of some homemade feta!

The course will be taught at the EOS Alliance classrooms at 650 S Orcas St., Suite 220.  There is limited space so register online.

Jessica Dally has been a cheesemaker at Samish Bay Cheeses, is experienced in home cheesemaking, and has extensive experience teaching cheesemaking at the Seattle FreeSchool as well as to various community groups.


Parks Levy Fund Includes P-Patch Opportunities

Many of you have heard something about the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy which had $156 million for parks and green spaces in Seattle. What you might not know is that $2 million of the levy funds are dedicated to developing P-Patches and community gardens.

The Department of Neighborhoods has just updated their website with relevant information and links about the P-Patch Projects funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy.

A quick synopsis of the changes:

  • Garden development will focus on 21 neighborhood areas that are currently underserved by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.
  • Some locations have already been identified and Parks & Rec. Department would like suggestions from you for good potential sites within the priority areas.
  • To make the funds stretch further, garden building is being prioritized over land acquisition.
  • There is an Opportunity Fund for many types of projects proposed by community members.
  • Project Proposal Letters are due on February 1, 2010.

For information please visit the Parks levy web page:

If you have additional questions, contact Laura Raymond, P-Patch Program, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-615-1787,

Enviro Group Publishes National Clean Water Database

The Environmental Working Group has published a database of water contaminants for cities above a 1/4 million population.

EWG spent three years analyzing the results of almost 20 million drinking water tests from water utilities. They detected 316 pollutants in water supplied to Americans since 2004. More than half are completely unregulated, and more than 130 turned up in amounts exceeding official health-based guidelines.

The good news? When the Environmental Protection Agency sets mandatory water quality standards, the tests show that local water suppliers meet them 92 percent of the time. The bad news? The standards need to be much tougher to protect children and pregnant women, and the EPA hasn’t set a single new drinking water standard since 2001.

Use EWG’s unique online guide to make safe, science-based choices at home. Water quality varies considerably across the country, so the EWG guide  provides local information to help you make smart decisions about the drinking water in your home. With our 2009 online drinking water guide, you can:

Read EWG’s full report to learn more about drinking water pollution — what contaminants we face, where they come from, what the government is and isn’t doing about them — and what EWG recommends to policy makers.

Northwest Wine Academy Tastings

Come taste new releases, mingle with friends and enjoy the holiday with us! Free and open to the public – the 2009 Holiday Wine Tasting Event at the Northwest Wine Academy at South Seattle Community College.

  • Wine Gift Baskets loaded with our award winning wines and goods from our pastry arts program
  • Latest Releases include: 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007 Cabernet Franc, and 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah Blend
  • Whites include: award winning 2008 Chardonnay (while it lasts) and 2008 White Table Wine
  • All our wines are offered at a 20% discount – promotional offer to join our wine club – no charge!

The event occurs over two days this week – Friday, December 11th 3:00 – 7:00 pm and again Saturday, December 12th noon – 4:00 pm.

The Wine Academy is located in the WINE and WELDING building on campus, alongside Bernie’s Pastry Shop and Cascade Court, near Automotive and the NORTH ENTRY – look for the Northwest Wine Academy signs.  For more information contact Regina Daigneault, Northwest Wine Academy, Wine Technology Coordinator at 206-764-7942 or (cell) 206-229-4790 or visit the Wine Academy website at  A Campus map is at this URL


Sustainable Ballard’s 1st Annual Holiday Free-for-All

Our colleagues at Sustainable Ballard are holding their First Annual Holiday Free-for-All stuff exchange at the Sunset Hill Community Club, 3003 NW 66th St.  Sustainable Ballard is teaming up with the good folks of Freecycle Seattle for a Holiday Free-For-All stuff exchange.

You’ll be able to bring your useful items to re-gift them to someone in need; and you can also come to find something you could use or re-gift. Items should be in good condition, useful, and something the average 12 year old could carry (nothing too bulky, that is). Due to limited space, at this first event we will be limiting what you bring and what you take to 5 items. Please arrive early so that everyone gets to choose from a good variety. Those who stick around will get a chance to add additional items to their takeaway. Leftover items may be donated to the Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Representatives of Sustainable Ballard and Freecycle Seattle will be on hand to answer your questions, and light refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring some holiday treats to share.


SSCC Viticulture Wine Tasting

Come join the South Seattle Community College Northwest Wine Academy on Friday, November 20th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the college for their annual pre-Thanksgiving sale!

You’re Invited to Wine Tasting, Including our Award-Winning Wines. Gift Baskets will be on sale just in time for the Holiday Season.  All tasting & culinary treats are free, compliments of the NW Wine Academy. Continue reading “SSCC Viticulture Wine Tasting”

Interested in Edible Gardens? Take Survey.

Community Harvest of SW Seattle is considering partnering with Seattle Tilth to bring some popular Edible Gardening Classes to West Seattle. Classes would be at the St. James Annex and garden, which is 1/2 mile from Westwood Village. Hands on classes would involve the St. James garden, which donates to the White Center Food Bank.

Two hour classes would be offered at $25 to members of Tilth or members of Community Harvest, $35 otherwise. A survey to determine interest is online at this link.

Neighborhood House Open House

Join the grand opening of the Neighborhood House High Point Center. Enjoy music, refreshments, speakers, tours of the LEED Gold building and a ribbon cutting ceremony!  The High Point Center doubles as a home to Neighborhood House’s comprehensive web of social services, as well as an environmental education center with programming aimed at low-income communities. Come see the largest solar panel array atop a building in the entire state of Washington!

Neighborhood House is located at 6400 Sylvan Way SW in West Seattle’s High Point neighborhood, just north of SW Morgan St. just east of the intersection with 35th Avenue SW.  For more information go to


Seminar on Honeybee Genetics, Health & Queen Rearing

Puget Sound Beekeeping Association is excited to present a day of learning from Susan Cobey, honeybee researcher from the University of California-Davis.  Susan is an acknowledged world expert in the field of honeybee breeding with over 30 years experience in establishing and managing a closed population breeding program.  Susan has developed techniques and equipment for the field of instrumental insemination of honeybees. She will also be discussing honeybee health – including information about colony collapse disorder (CCD) and the short and long-term approaches to maintaining honeybee health.

Schedule and Topics include:

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Coffee and Meet & Greet
  • 10:00 -10:50: The importance of Genetic Diversity
  • 10:50 – 11:40: Queen Rearing Systems
  • 11:40 – 12:30: Honeybee Health, Short & Long Term Approaches
  • 12:30 – 2:00: Lunch
  • 2:00 – 2:50: Selection & Breeding, Resistance to Pests & Disease
  • 2:50 – 3:40: Instrumental Insemination
  • 3:40 – 4:30: Questions & Discussion

Registration is $20 per person and is available on the day of the event, which is at the  Graham Visitor Center at the Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East.  For questions, contact Nancy Beckett at  206-937-5583 or