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Stock up on just-picked produce, locally crafted food items and one-of-kind handicrafts at the Burien Farmers Market, which opens Thursday, May 2.

Market hours are every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 31 in Burien Town Square in downtown Burien.

A major benefit of shopping at the market is better prices for fresher food, according to Debra George, event manager for the Discover Burien Association, which operates the market. The fresh-from-the-fields fruit and vegetables are from Washington State farmers, mostly local, who sell directly to market customers.

Don’t miss new market eatables that include locally concocted Full Tilt ice cream and chocolate biscotti. Among the many returning food vendors, expect to see organic berries and other organic produce, freshly baked goods, shaved ice and hand-made dried pasta.

New this year, handcrafted wood furniture will join the line-up of unique handicrafts. Greenery will feature freshly cut flowers of all sorts and such plantable vegetation as rhododendrons and rose bushes.


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Since 2008, volunteers in Walker Preserve have removed large amounts of invasive plants and planted many native trees and shrubs. You can help – no experience is required! This weekend we will be planting about 90 native plants in places where dense ivy was removed.

When: Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Where: Walker Preserve park, SW. 168th St. and 2nd Ave. SW. in Normandy Park, up the road from Normandy Park City Hall. If driving, your parking options include:
Three spaces in the small lot at SW 171st St. and Second Ave. S.W.
On the street along SW. 168th St

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan ahead - this park does not have a restroom.

From the gate behind the Walker Preserve sign, walk down the trail towards the creek.



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Wildlife Habitat –Home & Community

September 9, 2012, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Avenue S, Des Moines*

Courtney Sullivan, Education Manager of the National Wildlife Federation for the Pacific Region, will be our featured speaker in September. She’ll be showing how at home or in our community we can learn to create a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish!

Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat.

By providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young you not only help wildlife, but you also qualify to become an official Certified Wildlife Habitat® with National Wildlife Federation.

If you love gardening and connecting with people in your community, the National Wildlife Federation can help you certify your community as a Community Wildlife Habitat® -- a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community--in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses.


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BURIEN URBAN GARDEN TOUR – Sunday, August 12, 2012, 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Sustainable Burien

We’ll meet at “the Rock” at Burien Town Square at 2:00 (no later than 2:10). We’ll arrange carpooling and hand out the addresses of the two urban gardens below.

More people are growing their own food and finding innovative ways to live more sustainably. Join us as we visit neighbors who are creating urban farms and be inspired to create your own version or get new ideas, or share what you’ve done.

The Feeney property is located in the Hazel Valley Area. It is made up of 1-1/2 acres, with 1 acre being second growth native forest. The forest has been continually worked on to remove invasive holly, ivy and non-native blackberries. The 1/2 acre has a house, a couple of out buildings, gardens and developing gardens. Every year new ideas come into play as how to minimize developing impacts and maximize housing for our population growth. We are enjoying the forest and gardens as we consider what the least impact will be for this property in the future.


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Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday, July 18th, will tour a series of projects underway to restore and improve the health of the Puget Sound. In 2005, when Gregoire created the Puget Sound Partnership, she called for a “swimmable, fishable, diggable” Puget Sound by 2020.

The projects she will be touring are aimed at meeting that goal. Joining Gregoire on the tour will be Chair of the Puget Sound Leadership Council Martha Kongsgard, Bill Ruckelshaus, and the new Executive Director of the Puget Sound Partnership Colonel Tony Wright.

2:30 p.m. “SWIMMABLE”: Gregoire to visit Burien rain garden cluster, tour Seahurst Park restoration project:

Rain garden cluster (From 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.)
Seahurst Park (From 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Tomorrow, Wednesday, Gov. Gregoire to tour Burien rain gardens, Seahurst Park restoration project
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Photo by Steve Shay

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 18, Gov. Chris Gregoire, pictured at a recent Museum of Flight appearance, will tour a series of projects underway to restore and improve the health of the Puget Sound, and will include stops in Burien,

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Tickets for the 2012 Highline Garden Tour are now on sale. This much-anticipated annual event, which takes place Saturday, June 9, allows participants to visit beautiful gardens in Burien, Normandy Park, and SeaTac.

A special feature of the tour this year will be the chance to talk in-depth with the Seahurst neighbors who recently joined forces to install a cluster of rain gardens up and down their street. They did this under the auspices of 12,000 Rain Gardens, a region-wide campaign that is working to reduce polluted stormwater run-off into Puget Sound and other local waterways. Spearheaded by Washington State University Extension and the non-profit conservation organization Stewardship Partners, the campaign hopes to install 12,000 rain gardens throughout the Puget Sound region by 2016.

Ticket holders on the self-guided Highline Garden Tour also will encounter plein air artists at work in many of the gardens, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the private garden of popular local ceramic artist Dana Lasswell and to purchase her works.


There’s a couple garden plots left at Burien’s Community Garden.

The garden plots, open to Burien residents, are located just west of the Burien Community Center Annex at Southwest 144th St. and 4th Avenue Southwest.

To sign up for a plot or for more information, contact Burien Parks at 206-988-3700.


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Welcome to the fun and delicious world of urban foraging! Come join us at Seahurst Park on April 15th from 2-4 p.m. to learn how to identify some of the most common edible weeds and wild foods available to us in the city.

Weeds are an abundant source of nutritious food available for the picking. Many of our most common weeds hide huge nutrition in their tasty little leaves!

Master forager, Melany Vorass, will present information on gathering ethics, local rules and regulations, safety, and general information about how to cook with weeds.

Participants will learn about free and abundant superfoods like dandelion, plantain, catsear, nipplewort and shotweed and will receive a handy take-home brochure with field identification information and cooking tips.

After almost 25 years as an environmental policy analyst, Melany retired to pursue a combination of her three greatest loves: plants, food and writing.


SeaTac lawmakers ended up March 10 endorsing ‘healthy living” policies such as encouraging neighborhood grocery stores to stock more fresh fruit and produce but the vote was close.

The City Council voted 4-3 to endorse the “Corner Store” policies and regulations. Mayor Tony Anderson, Deputy Mayor Mia Gregerson, Councilman Barry Ladenburg and Councilman Dave Bush voted in favor of the endorsement. Council members Terry Anderson, Rick Forschler and Pam Fernald voted against.

The policies are part of a healthily living grant from Public Health-Seattle, King County. Besides working with local stores, the policies would encourage such activities as mobile farmers markets and community gardens on public land. The policies could be incorporated into SeaTac comprehensive plan at a later date.

Fernald said she didn’t believe the city should become involved in what products are sold in the city. She said she opposes “bribing” stores to stock foods they would not normally carry. That could lead to stores throwing away lots of food they can’t sell, she added.


By Jeff and Eileen Bidwell

In our June column we presented a sound integrated pest management strategy. But by now you may be seeing some unidentifiable creatures emerging from the ground or flying around you. You may feel the urge to study entomology simply to identify them, but take comfort in the fact that some of those UFIs (Unidentified Flying Insects) and ground dwellers are actually beneficial bugs that prey on your unwanted guests.

Because summer arrived late this year, expect delays in some of your flowering plants and shrubs. Elegant hydrangeas, the stars of early summer, will soon be blooming, along with other showy favorites.

Slowly but surely, our edible gardens are growing, too. Corn has reached 6” tall, carrots and beets have tops, beans are sprouting, squash, zucchini and pumpkin vines are spreading, and tomatoes have clusters of bright yellow blossoms and perhaps a small green tomato or two.

Dishing the Dirt: Summer in the garden and the living is easy
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Jeff and Eileen Bidwell
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