We’ve been busy! That’s a good reason for getting behind on our blog updates.
Here’s what we’ve been doing since early June:
GPS was on the Central District Garden Tour on June 4th, it was an unusually lovely day and the turnout was great for all the beautiful gardens on the tour. We made and planted our first beds that day (all future garden projects will be created by the young people in our program), and greeted loads of great visitor to our just budding garden.
We had BEES… but now they are gone. It’s a long story and we hope to have them back next year as they are the hardest workers of the pollinators, the gentlest of all bees and a vital (but a threatened species) part of our food, flower and plant systems.
We finished our sign! Just as in the garden it was painted in, our sign took a bit longer than expected to show its complete design. Much of this had to do (as with our gardens in general this year) with weather conditions, and in some cases the end of year and graduation schedule of our artist Alex Moni.
On June 30th we welcomed the first group of young people onto the property. Throughout July and into mid-August, we are gardening and cooking with many young people and lots of great community groups. Some of our partners this summer include: Summer of Service- Seattle Parks & Rec., Treehouse for Kids, RecTech –Garfield Community Center, Friends of the Children and START. You can find their links on our Partner’s page.
GroundUP Organics recently spent the afternoon with a group of our youth, demonstrating how to build a compost bin. We how have our own compost bins and they are already filling up! Thanks to KAREN TOERING and the great high school youth that are spending their summer giving to the community both with compost and with the food they grow and donate.
GPS is one of the lucky recipients of a rain garden through Sustainable Rain and off shoot of Sustainable Seattle. The Russell Foundation provided funds to create a number of rain gardens throughout the central and south Seattle neighborhoods. To read more about rain gardens, go to our partner links to the right of the page.
A few THANK YOU’S to relate:
NORTHWEST HARVEST for the piles of cardboard they brought to the property.
An unknown arborist or landscaper who left us our first load of wood chips (we’ve made lots of calls so we’re just not sure where the first load came from).
LOWES for the many pallets they donated. These were used by GroundUP Organics to create our compost bins.
BARBARA PARKER, a neighbor and friend. She has connected us to so many folks and is the editor of The Madrona News. Recently Barbara donated a 6-foot folding table, being used for every event and class we do on the property. She connected us to NW Harvest for the cardboard and is currently helping us with media outreach and new funding ideas.
DON’T FORGET TO COME TO OUR MULCHING AND SHED BUILDING PARTY:
Saturday, July 16th 10-4pm 2725 E. Union Street, Seattle 98122
OUR WISH LIST CONTINUES:
FOR OUR SHED:
30 each 2 X 4 X 8′s
2 sheets 4′ X 8′ X 3/4″ – plywood
9 sheets 4′ X 8′ X 1/2″ – plywood
1 roll Tar Paper
Garden tools (in good shape) -shovels, spades, cultivating forks, rakes, pitchforks, hoes, trowels, hand shears, rubber seating pads, weeding tools
Lots more flattened cardboard (it can be dropped at the property any time) –toss over the fence or take around to the alley and leave near the wood chip pile
Lots more burlap bags (also can be dropped on the property)