Monday, March 19, 2012

Starting Seeds, Tending Plants and Building Community

On a recent blustery Saturday morning, over 20 enthusiastic volunteers gathered at Solid Ground to learn the ins and outs of starting seeds and caring for seedlings. These fine folks are the worker bees behind the volunteer-driven Wallingford and Ballard greenhouses, growing vegetable starts for Lettuce Link this season.

Last year, the Wallingford Greenhouse crew grew 4,900 plant starts! These starts went out to 30 different P-Patch giving gardens, as well as to community gardens and low-income gardeners all over the city.  With those starts, P-Patch gardeners grew over 20,000 pounds of vegetables for food banks and meal programs around Seattle. What a gift! 

Many thanks go to our veteran volunteers Cameron and Agnes for leading the seed-starting demonstration, and all those dedicating their time to tend seedlings this spring .

Want to get involved in the 2012 efforts? A few volunteer spots remain for this amazing community project in Wallingford!
In a beautiful backyard in lower Wallingford, there's a greenhouse where volunteers grow thousands of veggie starts each year for Lettuce Link.

If you like to get your hands dirty, help people and meet your neighbors, please consider volunteering. We need about five more volunteers to reach our ideal numbers (four volunteers per day). The commitment is approximately one hour one day per week for planting, watering and transplanting the starts. We gather for potlucks at least a couple times during the growing season. Volunteering begins immediately and will continue until June.
Interested? E-mail for more information. 

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