Good Food Program
Our Goals & Priorities
At Seattle Parks and Recreation, we are committed to providing opportunities for people to engage actively in the outdoors and to build community. Through the Good Food program we provide coordinated opportunities that do both.
The Good Food program is a series of activities that are relevant and timely for every community in Seattle: access to healthy food, engagement with equitable and sustainable environmental practices, opportunities for active recreation and cultural place-making.
Good Food supports Parks' Legacy Plan and the City's Race and Social Justice and the Equity and Environment Initiatives
Good Food Program Goals
- Encourage healthy and active lifestyles
- Steward park land for long-term sustainability
- Support the local food system to build community and cultural place-making
- Increase environmental stewardship through food system programs
Good Food Program Priorities
- Provide access to healthy food and active recreation opportunities
- Community engagement with parkland used for food production
- Provide coordinated recreation and learning opportunities focused on the Urban Food System
- Outreach and engagement of youth, seniors and other underserved communities
Good Food Programs and Partnerships
Community Education Garden Sites
The Good Food Program greatly appreciates the assistance of volunteers who generously donate their time and talents activating our Parks and Recreation gardens and orchards for public benefit. Community gardens and orchards strengthen neighborhood relationships, provide a sense of civic engagement, and create recreational and therapeutic opportunities for residents and guests. These spaces also promote health and wellness, foster positive social interaction, and provide elements of food security and food safety. They are viewed as a means to promote equity by providing opportunities for growing food to those who lack the private space to grow their own vegetables and fruit. Surplus produce is sourced to community centers for use in public programs, or donated to nearby food banks.
Check out one of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Community Education Garden or Orchard sites to see the variety of ways healthy food is being grown and shared.
- Ballard Community Center
- Delridge Community Center
- Garfield Community Center
- Meadowbrook Community Garden and Orchard
- Miller Community Center
- Piper’s Orchard, Carkeek Park
- Rainier Community Center
- Rainier Beach Community Center
- Ravenna Community Garden
- South Park Community Center
- Yesler Community Center
Community Kitchens provide an opportunity for the community to come together to use harvested produce from local gardens to produce healthy meals for later consumption. Using Community Kitchen best practices, these programs teach cooking techniques, food purchasing skills and healthy nutrition so that participants can cook and store food enough for multiple servings in a cost effective manner. Community Kitchens are available at many of our community centers; please contact your local center for details.
Teen Top Chef
Teen Late Night Recreation sites send delegations of teens for Healthy Cooking Program to compete for top honors in a citywide competition. Teens prepare healthy meals to be judged by a panel: one teen, one Late Night Recreation Program police officer, and one Parks recreation staff member.
Lifelong Recreation Food and Fitness Program
The Food and Fitness Program provides an opportunity for elders to congregate and celebrate their culture and language. Each gathering provides a communal lunch, social, educational and fitness program.
Summer Food Service Program
The Summer Food Service Program provides free lunches for children up to age 18 at Parks locations throughout the city. This program operates from late June to Late August, serving both breakfast and lunch.
Seattle Parks celebrates growing healthy food throughout the year from garden builds, planting events, and harvesting events. Summer Harvest Potlucks and Community Dinners to Harvest Festivals in the fall.
Community Education Classes
Contact your local community center for a variety of educational classes promoting sustainable, organic gardening practices (e.g., Seeds to Sprouts, Garden Art, Pruning Techniques, Vertical Gardening, etc.).
Join us in our efforts to put nutrients back into the soil.
- Recycle in a worm bin: Feed your veggie scraps to the red wrigglers. Tilth Worm Composting Bin
- Recycle in a three bin composter: Handle lots of garden waste. Wood and Wire Stationary 3-bin System
- Recycle in a yard and food waste toter: Cedar Grove picks up materials weekly for large scale commercial composting. View short video
- Recycle in a compost bin or rain barrel: Seattle Conservation Corps sells low cost rain barrels