Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Final Design of Seattle Community Farm

The Seattle Community Farm at Rainier Vista is excited to unveil its final design! The feedback we heard from the Rainier Vista neighborhood has helped to develop a beautiful design for growing, sharing, and gathering around food in the Rainier Valley.

Our volunteer Landscape Architect, Eric Higbee, has been working with the Seattle Housing Authority, P-Patch Program, and Solid Ground in order to create a garden design that will enrich the Rainier Vista neighborhood and immediate surroundings.

The prominent characteristic of this design is the “long tables.” Three long tables will stretch the width of the cul-de-sac at S. Lilac Street. These tables will be used for teaching, eating, and harvesting. This space belongs to everyone in the neighborhood... coffee, barbeques, and birthday parties are all encouraged!

A children’s garden will be developed south of the cul-de-sac, while terraced garden beds will be built on the northern end. Compost bins will dot the western edge of the garden, and there are plans for a street painting in the cul-de-sac. We heard from many residents that the space should be fenced in; a four foot fence is planned for the food production space in the garden.

The Seattle Community Farm is currently accepting proposals from contractors, with construction slated to begin in July. Community members are invited to join the work parties beginning in August, with an opening celebration on September 25th, 2010. If you would like to be involved with small construction projects or artistic contributions to the garden, please contact us! You can reach Leslie Heimer and Jamie Robinson, the Farm’s Outreach & Development team, at 206.694.6829 or urbanfarm@solid-ground.org. Do you have ideas for scare crows, worm bins, garden signs, or another art project? Give us a call!

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