Free emergency preparedness training offered at Southeast Seattle P-Patch community gardens

Free training on emergency preparedness will be offered at six Southeast Seattle P-Patch community gardens beginning in September. The training will cover basic preparedness, how to stay safe in an earthquake, using the P-Patch as a Community Emergency Hub, and a review of supplies that will be stored at the P-Patch. Thirteen Southeast Seattle P-Patch gardens will serve as Community Emergency Hubs where residents can gather, share information and resources, and problem-solve after an emergency.

Anyone is welcome to attend. Translated materials and interpretation services will be available in 12 languages including Amharic, Somali, Tigrinya, Chinese, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Khmer, and Spanish. The schedule is as follows:

September 14th

10 a.m. -1 p.m.               Angel Morgan P-Patch, 3956 S Morgan St
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                Hillman City P-Patch, 4613 S Lucile St

September 28th

10 a.m. -1 p.m.               John C. Little P-Patch, 37th Ave S & S Willow
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                New Holly Rockery P-Patch, New Holly Drive S & S 40th St.

October 12th

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.              Thistle P-Patch, Martin Luther King Jr Way & Cloverdale St
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.                Judkins P-Patch, 24th Ave S & S Norman St

Funding for this program came from a $35,000 grant awarded to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN) through the FEMA 2012 Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. This award was one of 30 selected from more than 1900 applications. 

Interpretation services will vary according to the location. For more information and to ensure interpreters will be available in specific languages, contact Tracy Connelly (OEM) at (206-233-5076) or Julie Bryan (DoN) at (206-684-0540).

Neighbors transform the Charlestown Hillclimb with help from two DON Funding Sources

Charlestown Hill ClimbThe Charlestown Hillclimb connects Rainier Valley and the Mt. Baker neighborhood.  As a result of residents’ vision and persistence, a muddy path through head-high blackberry bushes is well on its way to becoming a pedestrian-friendly, landscaped green space. The Seattle Department of Transportation installed the stairway, and a $25,000 award from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ Neighborhood Matching Fund and a $60,000 award from the Neighborhood Park and Street Fund are funding the landscape design, clearing the blackberries, and purchasing drought-tolerant and native plants. Neighborhood volunteers will plant and maintain the hillside.

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1st Annual All City Barbershop Chat

Neighboring barbers will provide free basic haricuts to fathers and their son(s).  This project will also provide food, entertainment, guest speakers and a facilitator to provoke and engage in an open discussion to address the issues of strengthening the relationship between a father and son.  We encourage male mentors and father figures to bring your youth.  Space is limited so come early and let the conversations begin!

Saturday, March 30, 2013
4-6 p.m.
Rainier Community Center – Multi-purpose Room
4600 38th Ave S, Seattle, WA  98118




Featured cuts by – Seattle’s finest barbers:
Abe’s Barbershop/Brooks Barbership/Fade Master Barbershop; Hi-Def Cuts/Hodges Hair Quarters/and more

Facilitator: Z-twins Radio Personality:  Mr. Frank Barrow

Disclaimer:  “Basic” haircuts are free.  Any designs or specialty cuts will be done only at barber’s discretion and at your own cost. 

Presented by:  Fathers and Sons Together (FAST) in partnerhsip with the Seattle Parks and Recreation “Power of Place” Youth Violence Prevention Program and the Neighborhood Matching Fund.

P-Patch Community Gardening Program, SPU and Seattle Tilth hold composting class for immigrant gardeners

On a dark day in late October, teachers and gardeners gathered for an introductory composting clinic at the newly redeveloped NewHolly Youth and Family P-Patch community garden.  Nine gardeners, representing three different languages (Somali, Tigrinya, & Oromo) came from within NewHolly, but also from Rainier Vista and Yesler Terrace. Gardeners constructed the first compost bin and pile at the newly redeveloped garden, building a bin out of salvaged wood pallets, demonstrating a deep understanding of recycling materials!  The project team is currently investigating offering a more extensive training experience for 2012.

Seattle Tilth and SPU

Seattle Community Farm Grand Opening Celebration this Saturday

Join Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin, Solid Ground, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Rainier Vista neighbors and community volunteers for the grand opening of the Seattle Community Farm, a partnership project of Solid Ground, Seattle Housing Authority, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening program.

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2011; 12 noon – 3 p.m.
Ceremony and speeches begins at 12:30 p.m.
Activities and tours begin at 1 p.m.

WHERE:  Seattle Community Farm located west of 4015 Martin Luther King Way Jr. S in Seattle (between Lilac and Andover Streets). 
Directions: .

The Seattle Community Farm project transformed an unused ½-acre of land into a farm which educates, inspires, and increases food security for residents of southeast Seattle. The food grown will be cultivated by and shared with residents of the Rainier Vista community and Rainier Valley neighborhood, as well as the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

The Seattle Community Farm project started in 2009 as a partnership between Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program. The project broke ground in 2010, and planting began in spring 2011. Solid Ground manages the project. 

Funding: The USDA Community Food Project gave a matching grant to support the farm. SHA provided the land. Lastly, through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provided $87,000 in funding and staff time to develop the farm.