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Seattle Community Farm Grand Opening Celebration
Farm to increase food security for southeast Seattle residents

Join Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin, Solid Ground, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Rainier Vista neighbors and community volunteers for the grand opening of the Seattle Community Farm, a partnership project of Solid Ground, Seattle Housing Authority, and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening program.

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2011; 12 noon – 3 p.m.
Ceremony and speeches begins at 12:30 p.m.
Activities and tours begin at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Seattle Community Farm located west of 4015 Martin Luther King Way in Seattle
(between Lilac and Andover Streets).
Directions: www.solid-ground.org/Programs/Nutrition/CommunityFarm/Pages/default.aspx#directions.

BACKGROUND:
The Seattle Community Farm project transformed an unused ½-acre of land into a farm which educates, inspires, and increases food security for residents of southeast Seattle. The food grown will be cultivated by and shared with residents of the Rainier Vista community and the Rainier Valley neighborhood, as well as the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

The Seattle Community Farm project started in 2009 as a partnership between Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link, Seattle Housing Authority, and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program. The project broke ground in 2010, and planting began in spring 2011. Solid Ground manages the project.

Funding: The USDA Community Food Project gave a matching grant to support the farm. SHA provided the land. Lastly, through the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods provided $87,000 in funding and staff time to develop the farm.

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For information on Solid Ground, visit www.solid-ground.org. For information on Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program, visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/.


 
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