SWS March forum: Successful Gardening with Nature

Monday, March 18, 6-8 p.m.
South Seattle Community College Horticulture Center,
West Seattle Community Orchard
6000 16th Ave SW

The first of a series of three forums on the topic of gardening, this session will focus on soil building. Experts from SWS will share their secrets to the foundation of successful gardening. The hands-on style of learning will demonstrate the process of creating garden beds that sustain fertilizer and water as well as keep the weeds at bay. This is followed by a Q&A and the movie “Permaculture Soils” by Geoff Lawton in a classroom. Several workshops at the Community Orchard will follow in coming days (see below).

Green grant winner to be announced

Also, the winner of the $1,000 Green Incubator Grant will be announced at this meeting. SWS received six applications for the grant, made possible by a generous grant from the Coho Team at Windermere Agents. Applicants presented their ideas at the February meeting and the public has been invited to vote on the best idea according to the following criteria: Feasibility, Sustainability, Social and Economic Justice, Community Building, and Educational Elements. The ideas include building membership for the Delridge Produce Cooperative; two bicycle work stations for the West Seattle Tool Library; an educational website about invasive seeds; establishing a West Seattle Timebank for people to exchange services; educational kiosks for the West Duwamish Greenbelt; and clean-up for a White Center site to be developed into a community garden/orchard.