Saturday, March 26, 2011

Upcoming Events: Aprill 2011 Edition

The daffodils are up, cherry trees are blooming, and seedlings are poking their leaves out of the soil. We're busy planting busy planting at Marra Farm, passing out seeds at food banks, meeting P-Patch giving gardeners and getting ready to start our children's garden and nutrition education program

Want to get your hands in the dirt? Here are some great events sponsored by our friends in the food community:
Saturday, March 26 & Sunday, March 27: Backyard Greenhouse Plant Sale
9am-4pm (Sat), 10am-3pm (Sun)
7939 28th Ave. SW, 98126 (between Holden and Thistle in West Seattle)

Organically grown cool weather veggies, herbs and perennials.  Lettuce Link receives hundreds of starts from Karen each year to plant at our Giving Garden at Marra Farm - we encourage you to jump start your spring planting (rain or shine!) and support this local plant sale. 

Wednesday, March 30: FRESH: The movie
Grand Illusion Cinema, 7pm
Come to this exclusive screening of a great movie about farm-to-table efforts and support the Danny Woo Children's Garden. Door prizes, raffles, and more!

Friday, April 1: Earth Day Celebration with Seattle Tilth
Rainier Beach Learning Garden, 5:30-7pm
Families can use all or their senses to explore the garden, seek out garden critters and plant a vegetable or flower to take home.

Saturday, April 2: Magnuson Children's Garden Family Gardening Day
Magnuson Park Children's Garden, 10am-2pm
Bring your children for garden exploration activities, and bring your home garden questions for free consultation with King County Master Gardeners
Saturday, April 2: 6th Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale  
Center for Urban Horticulture, 9am-3pm
A gold mine of ideas, inspiration, knowledge and beauty, with thousands of used garden books.  Free admission, proceeds benefit the UW Botanical Garden Library. 
Saturday, April 2: "We Are the Solution!" African Women Speak Out on Grassroots Solutions to Hunger and Poverty
University Friends Meeting, 4001 9th Ave NE

AGRA Watch presents an exciting evening with Fatou Batta exploring Food Sovereignty in Africa. Fatou is from Burkina Faso and as West Africa director of Groundswell International  has documented rural women’s traditional agro-ecological knowledge. She is also active in the “We are the Solution! Celebrating African Family Farming” campaign of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). This campaign is led by 12 women’s farmers organizations in Africa who assume leadership in the international campaign to build alternatives to the “Green Revolution” in Africa while carrying out village level activities for food sovereignty.
Saturday, April 9: Urban Nature Celebration at Magnuson Park
Magnuson Park Community Center, 10:30am-2pm
Free event for all ages!  Family concert, hands-on "Nature Explorers Laboratory", environmental booths, and more, plus a grand finale nature parade down the the Children's Garden to re-dedicate the Gray Whale Garden and its brand new mosaic eye! 
April 21-23: Commonspaces Northwest
University of Washington campus, details TBA
The purpose of this gathering is to manifest, utilize, and celebrate commonspace—space that is occupied by a diversity of beings that share both a recognition of their diversity and a commitment toward mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence—at the gathering itself as both an end in itself and as a means toward expanding commonspace in our daily lives and around the world. This gathering should have the highly enjoyable feel of any of the many wonderful Northwest festivals with a explicitly intentional unity, solidarity and social and ecological justice message.
Saturday, April 23: Earth Egg Day with Seattle Tilth
Children's Garden at the Good Shepherd Center , 10am-12pm
Families can use all or their senses to explore the garden, seek out garden critters and plant a vegetable or flower to take home.
Thursday, April 28: ART+AGRICULTURE Series #2
Washington Hall, 153 14th Avenue , 7pm
With artists, farmers, and organizers, we will discuss the intersections of creativity and change. Writer and urban farmer Novella Carpenter will speak about urban agriculture and food justice and okanomodé - expressionist composer, glamazon troubadour, musical experience & alter ego of performance artist SoulChilde BlueSun--will perform songs on the topic. A group discussion will follow with community and urban farming groups. 
May 7 & 8: Seattle Tilth Plant Sale
Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford
Save the date for this not-to-be-missed annual event!
Saturday, May 14: Spring Into Bed
A county-wide day of gardening  - volunteer to get your hands dirty!  Watch for more information as it gets closer. 
Ongoing Events of Interest:
Sunday, April 10: Native Plant Steward Applications Due
The Washington Native Plant Society offers this comprehensive free class in Seattle.  Volunteers must dedicate 100 hours of community service over the next year to restoration and education about native plants. 
For a list of ongoing classes on gardening, pruning and more, check out our colleagues at Seattle Tilth, City Fruit and Plant Amnesty as well as local nurseries, including Swansons and City People's. And you can always volunteer with Lettuce Link!

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