Monday, March 1, 2010

Rainier Vista Giving Garden, Community Meeting March 3

"I think we should have worms," said one teen at The Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, "and compost. The worms help make compost." This is one youth's idea of what our new community garden should look like, and we're glad to have his input. As the Seattle Community Farm project is preparing to create a new Giving Garden in Rainier Vista, we would like neighborhood residents and members of the surrounding community to be a part of the process.

That's why we're asking for feedback about design and program ideas. For the past few weeks, Jamie and Leslie, the Community Farm outreach team, have been visiting community groups to discuss the new garden. You may see them at the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House, Gammelin House, or McBride Court. If you can, take a moment to say hi! They are excited to be talking to community members about the new garden, and would love to hear any ideas or concerns you have.

Working with our volunteer landscape architect, we would like to create a garden that reflects the tone of Rainier Vista and the surrounding community. We want this garden to fit what the community needs and wants--but we can't do that without the residents. Please join us at the Boys & Girls Club this Wednesday, March 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We will work towards a garden design that reflects that tastes and needs of this diverse community. If you have an opinion about fences, gathering spaces, or an outdoor kitchen, we want to hear about it!

The meeting on March 3rd will also be a time for general feedback. The master architects of the New Rainier Vista will be present, asking residents what works (or doesn't) about the neighborhood and greater community. This is a great opportunity to get involved with your neighborhood, and to help share its continued growth.

Keep an eye out for a flyer with more details on this meeting. Invite your neighbors and bring your kids; food and childcare will be provided! If you have any questions please contact Jamie Robinson or Leslie Heimer at

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