Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands kicks off fundraising to bring its vision to life!
The Seattle Parks Foundation recently launched a $1.35 million capital campaign to provide the additional funding needed to build all the major elements envisioned for the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. The community initiated project will be completed in one construction phase and is projected to begin in September 2014, after the growing season is over at the farm.
Initiated by Rainier Beach residents, the project received initial funding through the Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund. “Originally, we planned to build the farm in phases, but soon recognized the value of completing the project as a single phase,” said Harry Hoffman, co-chair of Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. “So we reached out to the Seattle Parks Foundation to help manage a capital campaign to raise the necessary funding.”
Andrea Dwyer, Executive Director of Seattle Tilth, said “We have received tremendous support from the community and because of the success of the capital campaign so far, the project will now be completed in a single major construction phase.”
A transformational schematic plan was developed during 2012 to envision the former Atlantic City Nursery as an urban farm. The plan includes an organic farm, a children’s learning garden, greenhouses, orchards, apiaries, and chicken coops. The plan also allows the farm to be a gathering place for the community with space for outdoor and indoor classes, a fresh produce stand, protected wetlands, park amenities and a connection to the existing Beer Sheva Park. The farm will bring diverse community members together to learn, play, and enjoy. Ultimately, the farm will engage 5,000 community members and produce more than 20,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables annually to be distributed primarily to Rainier Valley residents.
The vision is coming to life through a great partnership between many inspired parties and community members. The key partners are:
Funding for the project has been secured from many sources as follows:
For more information about the project, please visit:
If you have questions, please contact project manager Kim Baldwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-615-0810.
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