Join Sustainable West Seattle on Saturday, May 18, between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm at the new Westcrest P-Patch. SWS members and members of the Westcrest P-Patch will be taking knowledge learned from the past two Successful Gardening with Nature forums and applying that knowledge to creating a new permaculture-oriented community garden, the produce of which will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.
The project is called Presto Garden and is possible through ..continue reading
Sustainable West Seattle’s April Forum, a continuation of our Spring series “Successful Gardening with Nature,” will be on Monday, April 15, at the West Seattle Community Orchard. This time we’re looking at ”Designing the Perfect Garden.”
Before you start planting, start planning, it’s as simple as that. Successful food gardens are well planned to take advantage of natural features such as sun and shade as well as structural features like walls, concrete and fences. From pathways to the kitchen a good plan benefits plant to plant interaction, pest control, aesthetics, and ..continue reading
White Center Food Bank wants everyone to know about the availability of garden beds for community use. These beds are FREE, with only a commitment to care for the space as it’s provided.
The Food Bank also offers a tool check-out for use in the garden, though their selection is limited so the West Seattle Tool Library might also be a useful option.
Anyone wanting more information can contact Mara at email@example.com.
The Mission of the White Center Food Bank ..continue reading
The Washington State Department of Ecology is about to start a Tacoma Smelter Plume Yard Sampling & Cleanup Program and has an open Public Comment Period from March 14 through April 29.
This year, Ecology will begin sampling and cleaning up residential yards. This “Yard Program” will focus on the most contaminated areas of the Tacoma Smelter Plume - Ruston, west Tacoma, and southern Vashon-Maury Island.
To see more information about the comment period information and to view the program ..continue reading
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 ..continue reading
The Environmental Working Group has posted tips on how to have a healthier and safer Thanksgiving. There are three upfront and simple ways you can do this:
Choose Food Low in Pollutants and Added Chemicals
Food can contain ingredients we don’t want to eat — from pesticides to hormones to artificial additives to food packaging chemicals. Some simple tips to cut the chemicals:
Buy organic when you can. Make sure fresh fruits and vegetables are on the menu, and go organic ..continue reading
A Tacoma gardener named Kevin Freitas and friends started a local crop sharing website - CropSwap - in June this year. They’ve focused getting the word out in Tacoma and Seattle and now have about 150 swappers signed up mostly from the two areas but a few in other states and countries.
They just had their first bartering meet-up with Pierce County’s Fair Tradin’ group but look forward to pairing with other like minded groups soon. The biggest thing they tell users ..continue reading
Green America has posted a series of links and suggestions on ways to have a Green Halloween® and National Costume Swap Day™.
This October Green America will be helping families across the US swap the standard Halloween junk for healthier and more sustainable holiday treats, and also to swap gently used costumes within their community – a green and affordable way to celebrate!
There are lots of ways to get involved:
1. Host a Costume Swap in your community – ..continue reading
Join Sustainable West Seattle and BackyardBarter.org this Saturday, November 10, at the Camp Long Lodge from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm for a fun and unique barter session geared toward the holiday season. There will be pot luck selections for the hungry so plan on bringing a dish. The event takes place in the historic Lodge at Camp Long.
Camp Long is accessible via SW Dawson Street, in the 5200-block of 35th Avenue SW. The Metro #21 bus ..continue reading
Its that time of the year when the days get short and Seattlites meet to share company and food.
Lets get together to celebrate the successes of 2012 and talk about what will be in 2013!
Sustainable West Seattle’s Winter Solstice party will be at the home of Bill Reiswig and Tonya Hennen on December 14 from 6:00 pm until we go home.
The house is located at 7102 30th Ave SW. We’ll have beer from Big Al’s and food to share. And, you should ..continue reading