Join us Monday, March 18, at South Seattle Community College’s Horticulture Center for a new approach to communtiy forums. Sustainable West Seattle is changing the way we conduct our monthly community forums.
For over 5 years SWS has had monthly meetings on the 3rd Mondays of the month to bring interested West Seattleites together over a variety of topics. Much has been learned and shared and many community alliances have been formed.
Now, a new concept is being unveiled to extend the conversations as well as put action into our forums. Three-month themes with a variety of workshops in between each forum will give SWS a chance to bring about a more lasting legacy to our forums. Each quarterly theme also will culminate in a permanent offering to the community in the form of a project accomplished or a new service initiated.
A very timely first effort will be the Spring quarterly theme of Successful Gardening with Nature. Starting with the first forum on soil building, experts from SWS will share their secrets for the foundation of successful gardening.
The first Successful Gardening with Nature forum will take place this Monday, March 18th at 6:00 pm at the West Seattle Community Orchard located in the north end of South Seattle Community College near the Horticulture Classrooms. This new hands-on style of learning will demonstrate the process of creating garden beds that sustain fertilizer and water as well as keeping weeds at bay. This portion will be followed by aQuestion-and-Answer session and the movie “Permaculture Soils” by Geoff Lawton in the SSCC LHO classroom 2.
Several workshops at the Community Orchard will follow in coming days. The West Seattle Tool Library will also be hosting a Fixers Collective March 21st 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, offering a chance for local gardeners to sharpen their tools and repair wheel barrows. With parts, tools and experts at the ready, the WS Tool Library would request a donation of $5 for members and $10 for the public.
The April forum will be on garden planning. April’s subjects will include the selection of crops, what different plants require, sister planting for beneficial reasons and pest control and will answer the question, what does a tomato need that a cucumber doesn’t want?
The final forum in the series, in May, will be a one-day garden creation to benefit a yet to be determined community group, school or church. You can nominate a spot in need of a garden by logging onto www.sustainablewestseattle.org and leaving a comment on our website or at the end of this article.