Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center hosts free Duwamish Native Food Program this Sunday

Duwamish Longhouse Join The Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center for a free program sharing the cultural and food traditions of Chief Seattle’s Duwamish Tribe. The event is this Sunday, June 28 from 12 to 4 p.m.

The topic is native beach plants. There is an old native saying “When the tide is out, the table is set.” In addition to shellfish and waterfowl, there are many useful plants including kelps, sea lettuce, and eel grass.

The guest speaker is Pamela Bond-Coello of the Snohomish Tribe. Pam is an active Edmonds Community College Alumni. She is a contributor to the development of the Cultural Kitchen, an active learning space in the Campus Community Farm designed to highlight the connection between people and food. She also helped the LEAF School create the Ethnobotanical Garden called “Stloja Ali” or “Place of Medicine” at Gold Park.

The Duwamish Native Food Program is sponsored by the DUWAMISH RIVER OPPORTUNITY FUND (DROF): Seattle Department of Neighborhoods & 4Culture. This program will continue into the 2nd & 4th Sundays in July.

WHEN: June 28, 2015. Doors open at Noon. Program starts at 1pm. Enjoy Art Gallery & Exhibits & Waterfront Park beforehand. A shared meal begins at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106, 206-431-1582, www.duwamishtribe.org

TICKETS: Go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1757016

 

 

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open This Week

Farm Stand OpeningFor fresh organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season this week. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. The hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from June 24 to September 30.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from June 26 to October 2.

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.A new feature at the High Point Farm Stand will be the ROAR mobile farm stand that sells produce grown by local farmers across Puget Sound. ROAR, which stands for Roots of All Roads, is focused on connecting community with locally grown produce and sharing new ways to enjoy it. Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

Neighborhood Matching Fund-supported Hiawatha Naming Ceremony and Banner Dedication on June 27

Hiawatha celebrationThe Jackson Place Business Association & Hiawatha Artists cordially invite you to a GRAND CELEBRATION! We will officially name and define a hidden gem of our city as: HIAWATHA: A Place for Arts & Business. Join us as we celebrate with the local artists and businesses at Hiawatha’s first Art Bingo Karaoke party. Mingle and enjoy refreshments and snacks! Win Art and Prizes!

FESTIVITIES START AT 5:30 p.m.

RSVP here by June 23 to reserve your seat: https://welcometohiawatha.eventbrite.com

Bring your neighbors and friends to Sing, Dance, Play and CELEBRATE HIAWATHA!
MORE INFORMATION HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/1417352871923885/

 

Tour Historic Buildings on Queen Anne this Weekend

Johnson HouseThis Saturday head over to Queen Anne for The Modern Tour, offering an interesting perspective on significant structures built after the modern industrial era. Led by the Queen Anne Historical Society, this event takes participants on a driving tour that begins with the Queen Anne Pool, designed by Benjamin F. McAdoo, Jr., the first African American architect in Seattle to have a long-term practice. Other stops will include two residences, two live-work buildings and another municipal project, the Power Control Center on Roy. The architects who designed the most recent projects will discuss their program goals and the place of their work in the contemporary modernism period.

The Modern Tour will take place Saturday, June 20 from 12 – 3:00 p.m. Tickets are available at http://themoderntour.bpt.me, and are $20 for Queen Anne Historical Society members, and $25 to the general public. A reception at Tin Lizzie Lounge in the MarQueen Hotel will follow the event with a cash bar, complimentary appetizers and a free signature cocktail for members. More information is available on the society’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnneHistoricalSociety.

 

 

Apply now for Funds to Support Neighborhood Night Out 2015 Activities

Night out flierIf your neighborhood needs funding to participate in the 31st Annual Night Out on August 4, the Neighborhood Matching Fund may be able to help. However, you’ll need to apply now to its Small Sparks Fund because the deadline is Monday, June 22 at 5:00 p.m. The Small Sparks Fund provides matching dollars for neighborhood-initiated projects that promote community engagement. Community groups can request up to $1000 to help fund Night Out planning efforts and activities such as outreach efforts, educational fairs, bike parades, and neighborhood cleanups, to name a few. Even though the deadline for applications is June 22, you’ll need to register first in our web-based application system by June 19. For information on the application process, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/nmf/smallsparks.htm or call 206-733-9916. The Small Sparks Fund is open to applications year-round. Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, increase neighborhood support in anti-crime efforts, and unite communities. To learn more about Night Out, visit www.seattle.gov/police/Nightout/.  

A message from Kathy Nyland, our new Department Director

Kathy NylandNine Days. I’ve been here nine days. June 2nd was my first official day here at Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. I say “official” because I have worked with this department in some capacity for years. This is familiar ground to me. In my previous life, pre-nine days ago, I have:

Relied on my Neighborhood District Coordinator over the years and credit a few for being mentors to me.

Submitted applications to the Neighborhood Matching Fund; sometimes receiving funding. Sometimes not.

Chaired my District Council and served on the City Neighborhood Council.

Attended Citizen Advisory Committees and provided comments to the Landmarks Preservation Board.

I have not signed up for a P-Patch….not yet. I have not mastered weeding in my own yard so that guilt has prevented me from signing up for a plot elsewhere.

So, yes, I am familiar with this department.

This department is rich in history. Created nearly 30 years ago, this is a department that has introduced the city to many programs that are considered crowning jewels. My role is to make sure that our future is just as rich as our past, and I am honored and thrilled to help lead the way.

I come here having ideas but knowing I do not have all of the answers. And that’s why I am going to rely on you. Here are a few things I do believe:

Our residents are quite resourceful and are some of our best resources.

We need more chairs at the table.

Not everyone can provide testimony during the day or attend a meeting in the evening.

Let’s identify the obstacles and create more opportunities.

Everyone has a voice, and it’s our job to make sure those voices are heard.

Though this department is not new to me, this role is. It truly is an honor – a bit daunting, but an honor. I look forward to listening and learning something new every day. Here is to “day 10” and many more beyond that!

Kathy

 

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open this Month

Market GardenFor fresh organic produce this summer look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands which open for the season at the end of June. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority neighborhoods.

The High Point Farm Stand is located at 32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street. It is open on Wednesdays beginning June 24 to September 30. The NewHolly Farm Stand is located at S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S. It is open Fridays beginning June 26 through October 2. Both farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their organic produce.

The High Point and NewHolly Market Gardens are part of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program and its collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority and GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

 

Join us for the annual Lavender U-Pick Sale at Interbay P-Patch

Lavender at Interbay SaleIt’s that time of year again for the annual Lavender U-Pick Sale at Interbay P-Patch. There are more than 14 varieties to cut for culinary uses, bouquets, potpourri, and more with many beautiful shades of purple! There will also be other related lavender products including wands, wreaths, sachets, culinary lavender, and lavender cookies. The sale is June 20 and 21 and June 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Prices are $4 for a small bundle and $6 for a large bundle. The P-Patch gardeners will provide scissors for cutting and ribbon for tying up bundles. After picking, you are invited to tour the beautiful Interbay P-Patch, one of the larger P-Patch community gardens in the city. All proceeds from the event go to support the community garden and its giving gardens where food is grown for donation.

Interbay P-Patch is located at 2451 15th Avenue W., Seattle (15th and Wheeler, south of the Ballard Bridge and Interbay Golf Course). For more information contact Becky Blackstock, 206-999-9677, becky.blackstock@comcast.net.

 

Belltown P-Patch Celebrates 20 Years on June 18

Belltown P-PatchThe Belltown P-Patch, Seattle’s only downtown community garden, is gathering the community in celebration of a major milestone with 20 years of bringing beauty, color, and tranquility to downtown.

The community will hold a celebration on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the garden, which is located at the corner of Elliot Avenue and Vine Street. There will be speakers from the City, as well as free food and drink. This event is open to all and gardeners from the P-Patch will be on hand to provide tours of this beautiful space.

The Belltown P-Patch is a gem in the heart of the city and is visited each year by hundreds of people from all over the world. It was a featured garden by the American Community Gardening Association in 2014. The cottages, originally built nearly 100 years ago, share the space and add a unique and historical backdrop to the space. They are now used by in-residence writers and gardeners.

“The Belltown P-Patch is a welcome respite from the bustle of the city and a focal point for the neighborhood, reflecting the diverse needs of those who live and work here,” said P-Patch gardener and anniversary organizer Natalie Reber. “The hands that bring together this beautiful and unique garden are many, and this celebration is about them and the many seasons of life that have been put into this space.”

Rich MacDonald, supervisor of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, commented, “The Belltown P-Patch represents so much to this neighborhood. Not only does it provide green space in the heart of the city, it is a meeting place for neighbors, a refuge for our many homeless community members, and a tourist stop for visitors from all over the world.”

The Belltown P-Patch was a neighborhood labor of love from the beginning, as community activists, neighbors, and passionate gardeners worked with the City and surrounding businesses to purchase, cultivate, secure, and grow the space into the colorful and beloved garden it is today. Early supporter Glenn McGilvra provides a detailed history of the P-Patch in an essay originally published in the book Belltown Paradise (2005, Chicago University Press) but is available online.

The Belltown P-Patch is one of the 90 community gardens managed by our P-Patch Community Gardening Program. Community gardeners grow food on 14.9 acres of the land as well as  steward 18.8 acres for the public for a total of 32 acres. We have the largest municipally managed community gardening program outside of New York City.

For more information about the event contact Natalie Reber at 206-683-0160.