Our Fall Celebration!

We had such a wonderful time last Thursday at our Fall Community Celebration. Having so many members of the Renton and Seattle University communities join us and enjoy our space with us was a truly beautiful experience.

We welcomed over fifty guests to our farm, giving tours of all of the different spaces, including our perennials, our orchard, our herb garden, and our annuals. It was fun, as the summer season comes to a close, to show off all we've done over the past growing season and to talk about our hopes for the future!

Our guests helped us imagine a strong vision for the future, through our collaborative vision board; putting together words, phrases, and pictures onto a single board, our guests helped us to see what others want to see, and helped give us new, creative ideas for how to incorporate more art and ingenuity into our different projects! We also had Janie Bube displaying her living wall project, just one of the many smaller projects that we have in the works!

We also very so extremely lucky to have the help of Janice Murphy from the Seattle University Grounds department doing a fascinating biochar demonstration -- a carbon sequestering process of producing charcoal from plant matter.  We are so grateful for the continued support from SU Grounds and Janice!

Our potluck was also a huge success! It was so fun to enjoy the bounty that the farm has produced in the form of marinated grilled squash, lavender and rosemary scones, kale salad, and some soda with homemade syrups made with lavender and pineapple sage from our herb garden. Our guests also brought some very impressive dishes. We even made s'mores with homemade gluten-free graham crackers! We were thrilled to share food and drink with all of our past and future supporters. 

 

The night came to a close as the sun went down, and we couldn't have been more energized about the future of our project. Let's grow together!

 

You're Invited!

If you've enjoyed hearing about our fun on the farm, please consider joining us for our community potluck on October 9th. We will be inviting all of our community partners, including some that we have yet to blog about. It is a great opportunity to see how we can be of use to your work/life/studies, we are encouraging guests to network with each other and give us feedback on the programs we've been working on over the summer.

October 9th, 2014
From 3pm - 6pm (stop by for part or all)

*Rideshares are available upon request from Seattle University campus.

Activities:

  • See a biochar demonstration
  • Make herbal sachets
  • Save seeds                                                                                                        
  • Gather around a fire pit and roast marshmallows
  • Help us create vision boards for our future

Food:

  • Pickles, Crackers, & Kale Dip
  • Grilled Marinated Squash
  • Southern Collard Greens
  • Mixed Salad
  • Apples & Caramel Dip
  • Popcorn Balls
  • Herb Scones
We are hosting a potluck style celebration and ask you to consider bringing a light snack/appetizer or refreshment.

Who else is invited?

  • Seattle University students, staff, and faculty
  • Community & social service organizations
  • Partnership colleges & culinary tech programs
  • King County staff from various groups and departments
Flowers drying out for seed saving

Flowers drying out for seed saving

A fountain saga

 Victoria, who has spent a lot of time bringing some beautiful art and design into our demonstration garden had one big wish before ending her internship this month. Take three salvaged sinks and turn them into a water feature. What a great idea! Just one problem...not one person on our team has ever made a fountain before. It happened that as the same time we were talking about this project someone donated a submersible pump. We took it on thinking, how hard could it be? Famous last words.

We stood in pond/aquaculture/fountain aisle of the hardware store and turned to each other with that 'oh crap' look on both our faces. So I did what any other good boss does, I buckled down and became a fountain expert over the next week or so. Of course, this was helped along by asking everyone and anyone to help. This fountain turned into a true team effort. The list of people who have helped create this fountain over the last three days includes: Victoria, Victoria's boyfriend Zach, Becca, Kayla, my dad, my own partner, and a couple very amused South Plant staff. 

Thank you to everyone who had helped! We are up and functioning just in time for the rain to make a water feature pretty moot. Will post more pictures when all the landscaping rocks are added as well. 

Aerosol Art with Youth Group

Renton Area Youth Services does some amazing work mentoring students over the summer and through the school year. We were lucky enough to be able to work with them over the end of July and into August. Together, we put together a food systems day and paired it with an introduction to aerosol/graffiti art. A King County employee at South Plant, Rico Israel, was kind enough to volunteer his skills as an artist and run a whole workshop on aerosol art. With the help of a small 4culture grant, each student was able to create a large art panel that now hangs on our fence facing Grady Way. Each student was also able to take home a small stipend.