Food Bank Gardening

 

One of our Food Bank plots

One of Magnuson Community Garden’s food bank plots one evening in early June 2016…

Last summer, Magnuson Community Garden donated close to 5,000 lbs of fresh, organic produce – more any other Seattle area p patch – to local Seattle area food banks!

 

FYI – Gardeners can donate from their own p patch garden plots. Delivery to Magnuson Transitional housing is on Mondays, with drivers leaving at 9:30am to make deliveries. Delivery to Lake City Food Bank is on Fridays, with drivers leaving at 9:30am.

Produce can be left in the north side of the shed. There is no need to weigh or log produce; drivers will do that.

Produce such as leafy greens, should be left the night before or morning of a scheduled delivery. Other longer lasting vegetables can be left earlier.

FoodBankDelivery

Food from our garden ready to be delivered…

 

For more information, please contact Magnuson Community Garden’s Food Bank Coordinator Chris Budech (cbudech “at” gmail.com).

P Patch Work Party Scheduled for this Saturday, June 11th!

A P Patch work party is scheduled this Saturday, June 11th from 9am to 1pm.

Leaders: Leslye Coe and Liz Bottman

Tasks will include:

  • Finishing weeding and chipping the gathering circle.
  • Weeding around the raised beds.
  • Cutting back grasses along the fence behind the tranquil garden and replanting elsewhere.
  • Weeding and sheet mulching a needy patch in your Pod.
  • Watering food bank gardens as needed.

Participating in this work party is a great way to get your volunteer hours in and to meet your garden neighbors! An added bonus: the weather promises to be cooler!

Spring Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale @ Nathan Hale High School

Did you know that Nathan Hale High School has an urban farm? Well, they’re planning a plant sale for the following dates and times:

  • Wed 5/4 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Thurs 5/5 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Fri 5/6 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Sat 5/7 – 9 AM to 1 PM

Expect a huge selection of vegetable starts, hanging baskets, perennials, bedding plants, and herbs–all grown by Hale horticulture students using sustainable methods. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Delegation from Urban Agriculture of Sucheon, Korea Toured MCG

On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children’s Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).

On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children's Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).

 

Emily Bishton (far left, below) describing the Children’s Garden programs to the group and their interpreter. MCG Korea visit

During this wonderful cultural exchange, we shared information about how this multi-purpose community garden came to be built, how it is maintained, and what kinds of events and activities we have here.  They were impressed by how much is done by volunteers in cooperation with city staff, as those efforts are only done by paid staff in their city.  During their visit, they also got a glimpse of a parent and child Nature Adventure pre-school program with Emily in action, as well as meeting some P-Patch gardeners working their plots.

 

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