Wednesday, June 13, 2012

First Community Design Meeting!

Our community design process kicks off next Tuesday, June 19!!!  We will offer good eats, farm tours, and we ask that you participate in our first community meeting. This meeting, the first of three, will help shape a vision for farm programs, as well as improvements we will make to the site to support our programs.  Berger Landscape Architecture will be leading this workshop.  

We would love to have your input!!  Come take a tour, enjoy some delicious food from a local Rainier Valley restaurant, and share your ideas with us!  

Where:  Rainier Beach Urban Farm, 5513 S. Cloverdale
What time:  5:30 - 8:30 pm (food and tours from 5:30 - 6:30, meeting from 6:30 - 8:30). 
For translation services, contact Emily Lofstedt of Seattle Parks and Recreation (206-684-7047). 

Rainier Valley Eats BBQ at the Farm, this Friday!

Join us this Friday for a BBQ at the farm!

Rainier Valley Eats has been hosting community dinners the third Friday of every month at community centers in Rainier Valley.  This month's dinner is taking place at the farm, and you are invited!
Come meet your neighbors, have some wonderful food and hear about our upcoming community design process.  
Suggested donation is $3, but all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.  Contact Leika for more information or to sign up to help cook.
Fri, June 15, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands 5513 S. Cloverdale, Seattle 98118 (map)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Announcing our Community Design Process!

The VISION for Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is to be a vibrant community hub and model green infrastructure project transforming a surplus Parks Department facility into an innovative organic URBAN FARM + WETLANDS restoration site.

Nestled in the heart of one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation, this 10-acre site has the potential to produce over 20,000 pounds of fresh healthy food each year for families struggling with food security.  The site will also provide educational opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth; offer access to and education for a rare in-city natural wetlands environment; improve wetlands habitat for native wildlife; foster economic development; and strengthen community.  



In late 2011, the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands was awarded a $50,000 Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) grant from the Department of Neighborhoods to steward the community design process in collaboration with Seattle Tilth and Seattle Parks and Recreation. 

As part of the match, 
Friends of RBUFW must raise $9,400
to support outreach efforts necessary to engage the community and ensure that the community design process is as representative of the diverse community in Rainier Beach as possible.