Seattle – Earth Day, Everyday

Seattle is an avant garde City for all things Green. Ecology and sustainablilty and quality of Life mean something here. So, if you are lucky enough to come to this Emerald City, then research ahead of time how you can learn more and see more while in town, especially about Urban Farming, and then take the information and spread it on your travels and back home, too!

In Seattle, 2010 is officially the Year of Urban Agriculture, and its residents’ passion for tilling the urban jungle is growing like zucchini in August.

As one example, a Lutheran church in Broadview tore out all of its ornamental rhodies, junipers etc. to make way for garden plots. Churches anywhere can do that and begin to help needy families as well as those who just want healthier food.

School land is another community resource which Alice Waters, famed Berkeley California chef, has been spearheading use of for decades. She also helped to plan the White House vegetable garden last year. Learn more about getting your local schools on board to help give children fresh, local food from their garden for lunch, as well as to teach respect for the earth and to know how to garden and where food really comes from, then go to: Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard.

Seattle Central Community College on Capitol Hill is offering what is probably the first U.S. program focused on sustainable urban agriculture. City leaders are taking steps to encourage more urban gardening including some on set-aside city land. They also want to support businesses looking to grow, sell and process fruits and veggies in Seattle.

Interest in urban agriculture “has just exploded,” said Jason Niebler, director of the Sustainable Agriculture Education Program at Seattle Central.

People are making the connection between what they eat and their health. Those become lifetime changes. You can’t go back once you make that true linking.

Clearly the biggest challenges to changing the way we live in today’s non-people or agriculture-friendly cities is to meet the demand for land to farm, gaining knowledge about how to do it and finding avenues for selling backyard produce, if you desire to.

The growing interest in urban agriculture is here to stay. City and regional leaders, businesses, educators and nonprofit groups are pitching in to help sate the thirst for knowledge.

Some of the need is being met by a Web site called Urban Garden Share.

Amy Pennington, who is the site’s founder, was out with some budding gardeners — but who also were apartment dwellers and therefore lacked their own row to hoe. They were considering “rogue gardening”, on the sly, to meet their gardening needs.

An idea struck Pennington: “How fun would it be to do online dating for gardens?” So last spring, she created Urban Garden Share. The free service matches people with unused land available for urban farming with gardeners who are looking for a place to grow food. Now there are close to 400 active listings, which are identified by neighborhood.

Eight more City of Seattle P-Patches are being designed or built, with funding primarily from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy. And the city is asking the public to suggest locations for about seven more community gardens which should be built by 2013.

And, if you have a window, you can farm in the City. Learn more about the international movement at:
windowfarms.org

You can use the following resources and tap into local thinking.

REFERENCES:
Seattle – Urban Farming Resources
Seattle and Urban Farming
One Seattle CSA – Seattle – Magic Bean Farm CSA
Garden Supply Garden Planner Tool

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