Monday, February 28, 2011

A Little Patch of One's Own

Green screens full of snow and snowpocalypses aside, it's almost March and time to start planning for planting!

Whether you are a novice gardener in a small urban space, or you have plenty of acreage to work with, now is the time to start mapping out your seasonal plots of plenty.

Since I belong to the first group, I've been reading the book Fresh Food from Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal and also looking longingly through my other fave in the genre, Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman. I've also signed up to get my little tiny plot of P-Patch land. However, in Seattle, like in many urban areas, there is a long wait for a plot.

While I'm waiting, there are several other organizations that will give me a chance to get my hands dirty. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods recently sent out a flyer that included a list of these gardening resources and organizations I wanted to share with local Weekly Way readers: 

Urban Garden Share (various cities) & Urban Land Army (Seattle only): These organizations match those with spare land with those who want to garden.

Seattle Tilth: (not on the list but a great gardening resource) Nonprofit organization with tons of events and classes on everything from beekeeping to master composting! Seattle Tilth also put on two plant sales in the spring that are a great place to get all of your starts.

Alleycat Acres: "Alleycat Acres is an urban farming collective that aims to reconnect people with food. To achieve this, we create community-run farms on under utilized urban spaces." You can visit their website for volunteer opportunities and more ways to get involved. 

City Fruit: "City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees."

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