Open House For New Community Garden This Friday, Feb. 4th


There will be an Open House for a new community garden in Tukwila this Friday, Feb. 4th, from 6pm – 8pm, at St. Thomas Parish, located at 4415 S. 140th Street in tukwila.

The open house will be in the Social Hall, and the garden will be available for growing beginning in April.

If you’re a gardener without a space to grow your crops, this will be your opportunity to learn about the new Tukwila community garden and sign up for a plot. Cascade Land Conservancy (CLC), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), and St Thomas Parish invite you to an open house on Friday, February 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The open house is the presentation of eight months of planning work by Tukwila residents and project partners. The community garden is the first community organizing project in Tukwila by CLC’s Community Stewards program, in partnership with the IRC, the parish, and community members.

“This project brings together an amazing group of people from Tukwila – neighbors, students and teachers, refugees and farmers – to grow healthy food and build a great community,” said Skye Schell, project manager at Cascade Land Conservancy.

The community garden leadership team has planned approximately 70 plots for individuals or families (10’x10’), as well as communal growing space for large crops like corn, plots for the St Thomas food bank, and educational plots for students at Foster High School. Communities of refugees from Burma and Bhutan have been involved throughout the design process and will be gardening as well.

“We are excited about the community garden. Not only will it be an opportunity to enrich the beauty of our neighborhood and provide access to healthy food,” said St Thomas Pastoral Associate Donna Ferraro. “It will also be an outreach to the refugee community in our area to provide a space where individuals and families can grow food in an effort to be self-sustaining, and a source of fresh produce for our parish food bank.”

The open house will start with a potluck meal and music at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30, the garden design will be unveiled as well as an explanation of how people can sign up for individual plots or volunteer to grow for the food bank.

“This garden will offer access to healthy food, help support the St Thomas food bank, create educational opportunities for students and provide local refugees with a place to meet their neighbors and strengthen community ties. The IRC is thrilled to be involved with a project that holds so much promise,” said Evan Perry, IRC staff and community garden secretary.

If possible, please bring food for a potluck meal and musical instruments. The group is also seeking volunteers to help with fundraising and construction.

St. Thomas Parish is located at 4415 S. 140th St, Tukwila WA. The open house will be in the Social Hall.

About Cascade Land Conservancy:
CLC fills a unique and important niche as the largest conservation and community building organization dedicated solely to this region. As a national leader, CLC is shaping a future that will flourish environmentally and economically. They partner with thousands of leaders and residents across the region to create healthy, livable and prosperous communities. For over 20 years, CLC has led efforts to conserve more than 172,000 acres of forests, farms, shorelines, parks and natural areas and restore critical landscapes.

Cascade Land Conservancy’s Community Stewards Program engages and empowers community members to making lasting change in their cities through community-developed projects.

About IRC:
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression or violent conflict worldwide. Founded in 1933, the IRC is committed to freedom, human dignity and self-reliance. This commitment is expressed in emergency relief, protection of human rights, post- conflict development, resettlement assistance, and advocacy. The IRC in Seattle provides the services and support needed to assist refugees, asylees and victims of human trafficking to rebuild their lives and become independent and involved members of the community.


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