Garden Goals and Next Steps

July 22, 2011 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Thanks to those of you who came out for last night’s first official planning session! We had an opportunity to tour the space where the beds will be built and brainstorm goals and next steps for the garden.

Garden goals – overarching
  • Create a collaborative garden space that involves community  members and students
  • Build community by connecting to the neighborhood in active and passive ways
    Active: Provide hands-on gardening experiences
    Passive: Provide a place to sit or rest and enjoy the garden
  • Connect the garden to cooking, community meals, and other food systems activities
  • Emphasize education opportunities and foster cultural exchanges
Garden goals – short term
  • Create a schedule of work parties and list of tasks to be completed
  • Build 8 beds during the first week in August (Seattle Parks Department)
  • Plant winter garden by end of August
  • Connect with community kitchen in fall 2011

What we need from you

We will be announcing the first official work party soon, after which we will schedule a weekly work party and also create a system where people can drop in to work at times that are convenient for them, using a list of identified tasks and making notes on what they did in an on-site notebook.

Goods donations

There is a small budget for the garden, and anything that can be donated will help us stretch that budget. Current needs are:

  • 2×10 untreated lumber (Douglas fir or pine) – 48 boards total
  • 4×4 posts – 16 total
  • Hand tools and garden supplies
  • Storage bin for tools
  • Winter vegetable starts

We have reached out to some local organizations to see if they are interested in donating, but if you have any leads on where or how to get some of these goods for little or no cost, please email

Thanks to Becca for running last night’s meeting – it’s exciting to see this project take shape and it couldn’t happen without the Seattle Parks Department’s dedicated efforts.

Until next time… a very happy and sunny Seattle weekend to you all!


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Reminder: planning meeting tonight at 6 pm Garden bed building tomorrow 8/3: Volunteers welcome!

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