Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Seattle Community Farm wraps up its first season

Lettuce Link’s newest project, the Seattle Community Farm, completed its first growing season this month. Volunteers spent months preparing the Farm, and we had our first harvest in July. Despite the late start (due to our highly variable weather!), we harvested a grand total of 3023 pounds! 2586 pounds of that went to the Rainier Valley Food Bank, and the rest went to work trade participants. Any volunteers from the neighborhood who struggle to afford fresh vegetables can sign up for a Work Trade. Two hours of volunteer time equals a a bag of produce. This season has been successful overall, and with an earlier start next year we’ll be able to grow even more fresh produce with and for Rainier Valley!

The Farm built up a strong network of regular volunteers this year, and they contributed over 300 hours of volunteer time. We also partnered with local organizations to host work days and field trips for childrens, including Asian Counseling and Referral Services, the Rainier Vista Boys and Girls Club, and Refugee Women’s Alliance. Some of the kids who live next to Farm helped out and enjoyed eating the fresh vegetables and berries!

It was a great first season, and Lettuce Link staff are taking a few weeks to breathe before launching into the excitement of planning for next year.

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