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.

 

Native Plant Sale on Sunday, May 1st from 10am to 1pm!

The Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Nursery is having a native plant sale coming up on Sunday, May 1st from 10am to 1pm! Over 40 species ranging from salmonberry to western hemlock to vanilla leaf will be on sale. Come check out our wide selection and support your local, student run nursery!

The sale will be at the Douglas Research Conservatory at the Center for Urban Horticulture located at 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA.

Native Plant Sale Info

Outdoors for All Spring Break Day Camp at Magnuson

Outdoors for All serves adults and children with disabilities by providing them with different activities and opportunities to experience the outdoors. During the week of April 11th, Outdoors for All held a spring break day camp at Magnuson Park. Some of the camp activOutdoorsForAll -2ities OutdoorsForAll-1 focused on work the Magnuson Community Garden and included cleaning out a raised bed, planting seeds and new starts. The students did a great job and even volunteered to pull horsetails from the native border.

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First work party of the season was a success!

Approximately 25 people turned out to work in the p-patch this past Saturday, April 9th, for the first work party of the season. The weather was superb!

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work party 4.10.16

Accomplishments included taking out all the hoses from winter storage and distributing them throughout the p-patch and storing used burlap sacks in the tool shed.

Additionally, several people worked on plot #223, which had fallen into severe decline. By the time all the quack grass had been removed, a plot that had been among the worst in shape was transformed into one of the best garden plots, ready for a new gardener to start this season.

First garden work party of spring 2016

Come to the first garden work party of the season on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10:00. 
Vicki (our in house birder) and Jim King will be leading.

The first and foremost task of the day will be to get the hoses out of the tool shed and distributed around the garden.  Those who come early will get the best work choices!

Magnuson’s Food Bank Program #1 in Seattle for Donations in 2015!

The Magnuson Community Garden is one of the largest in the Seattle P-Patch system with 11 food bank plots (also known as Giving Gardens) that are planted and harvested by Magnuson P-Patch volunteer gardeners specifically for donation. Gardeners also donate from their own P-Patch gardens. Organic produce donations are made to the Lake City Food Bank and to the Transitional Housing Programs located in nearby Magnuson Park Housing.Food Bank garden plot

In 2015, Magnuson Park Community Garden donated 4,739 pounds, placing Magnuson at #1 in terms of donations. For details on all 2015 donations in the Seattle area, the Giving Gardens 2015 Report is available for download.

More information about Magnuson Community Garden’s Food Bank Program can be found here.

 

2016 Children’s Garden Events at Magnuson

The following Children’s Garden events have been planned for 2016! For details, visit the Magnuson Nature Programs website.

 

2016 Children’s Garden Event Calendar

Sat. March 19th from 10 am-2 pm:  Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event. This first major event of the year will be about preparing the soil and beginning to plant our new Butterfly Garden, and the Blueberry patch on the lower east side of the hill.

Sat. April 16th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event and 2nd annual Earth Day Family Garden Day.  There will be family-friendly hands-on garden activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc, and the goal is for the new Butterfly garden and Blueberry projects to be completed!

Possible June event: There is a possibility that we will also host a Seattle Works Day event in early June, but the date, time, and application info have not yet been released by Seattle Works.

Friday July 1st from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center Ice Cream Social amphitheater event with a Bluegrass band. This has also been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar.

Tuesday July 26th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with a Beatles tribute band. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.

Tuesday August 16th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with Caspar Babypants performing. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.

Friday September 23rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: United Way Day of Caring in the Magnuson Children’s Garden and P-Patch to get the garden in tip top shape for the Oct 1st Scarecrow Fest!

Saturday Oct 1st: Scarecrow Fest! 11 am-2 pm:  We plan to host our usual family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, and nature art, plus Scarecrow Fest favorites such as the orchard maze/scavenger hunt, harvesting for the food back, etc.

Oct. 10 Work Party Update

Oct 10 2015 work party

Despite heavy rain most of the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8th, eight hardy souls showed up for the work party this morning. Accomplished tasks included gathering up all the hoses and stowing them in the back corner of the tool shed. Since it was pouring heavy rain the whole time, the rest of the final chores will need to be done next Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 AM.

Oct. 17th tasks will include:

  • Cleaning out the Food Bank end of the tool shed
  • Treating the food bank plots with calcium carbonate to help prevent tomato blossom end rot
  • Final weeding of Food Bank plots and other common areas
  • Winterizing the Food Bank plots with burlap bags

 

 

Waldorf Service Project

A special thanks to Nancy Bowman, a teacher at the Waldorf High School at Magnuson Park, for bringing 8 student volunteers to work in the P-Patch on Friday, Oct. 2nd! They cleaned up Food Bank plots, as well as the plot for one of our fellow p-patch gardeners who was then recovering from a surgery. Special thanks also to Kathy Dugaw, for leading the four hour work party.

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