Community Farm unveils final design

Thanks to the Urban Farm Hub for beating us to what should have been or own news! We’re just basically copying their post, but hey, our staff person wrote it:

The Seattle Community Farm at Rainier Vista is excited to unveil its final design! The feedback we heard from the Rainier Vista neighborhood has helped to develop a beautiful design for growing, sharing and gathering around food in the Rainier Valley.

Our volunteer landscape architect, Eric Higbee, has been working with the Seattle Housing Authority, P-Patch Program and Solid Ground in order to create a garden design that will enrich the Rainier Vista neighborhood and immediate surroundings.

The prominent characteristic of this design is the “long tables.” Three long tables will stretch the width of the cul-de-sac at S. Lilac Street. These tables will be used for teaching, eating and harvesting. This space belongs to everyone in the neighborhood… coffee, barbeques and birthday parties are all encouraged!

A children’s garden will be developed south of the cul-de-sac, while terraced garden beds will be built on the northern end. Compost bins will dot the western edge of the garden, and there are plans for a street painting in the cul-de-sac. We heard from many residents that the space should be fenced in; a four foot fence is planned for the food production space in the garden.

If all goes as planned, groundbreaking will begin in July. Community members are invited to join the work parties beginning in August, with an opening celebration on September 25, 2010. If you would like to be involved with small construction projects or artistic contributions to the garden, please contact us! You can reach Leslie Heimer and Jamie Robinson, of the Farm’s Outreach & Development team, at 206.694.6829 or urbanfarm@solid-ground.org. Developments can be followed on the Lettuce Link Blog.

About the author: Jamie Robinson is an AmeriCorps National Service Member with Solid Ground.

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