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Seattle-based Urban Farm along with Community Grows 4,000 pounds on 1/4 Acre, Serves Those in Need

By Andrea Watts
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On a brisk Saturday morning at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, located in the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, 10 volunteers are laying cardboard and wood chips over an area recently choked with invasive plant species of reed canary grass and Himalayan blackberry. The creation of this urban farm, which according to the organization’s website has the potential to produce over 20,000 pounds of fresh food for families struggling with food security, is an example of what happens when city government, nonprofits, and the public come together.

“My two passions are growing community and growing food,” says Sue Gibbs, one of the board members of the Friends of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. She became involved early on in the discussion of what to do with the land that would be available as a result of the closing of the Seattle Parks Department’s Atlantic City Nursery in 2009. The community wanted the site to become an urban farm, and in collaboration with Seattle Tilth, a nonprofit organization that has been teaching urban agriculture and resource conservation for 35 years in the Seattle area, an agreement was reached with the city. According to Katie Pencke of Seattle Tilth and also the Program Manager at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, “Seattle Tilth manages the physical site, programs, and day-to-day operations, and the [Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands] group provides help with community outreach, fundraising, and volunteer support.”

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