High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week

Gardeners offer fresh, affordable organic produce!

For organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season beginning on Friday. The farm stands offer produce picked fresh from the P-Patch Market Gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods.

FARM STANDS

High Point Farm Stand 
32nd SW and SW Juneau Street
open Wednesdays 4-7pm from July 11 – October 3

NewHolly Farm Stand 
S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th S and Rockery Drive S
open Fridays 4-7pm from July 6 – September 28

 

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ SNAP dollars when they choose to spend them on fresh fruits and vegetables. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

 

The High Point Farm Stand will again host ROAR, the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food.

 


 

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through farm stand enterprises. To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

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Participate in Seattle Emergency Hubs Field Exercise on April 28

Imagine if all power and normal communications were down – what would you do?

Come see what your community is doing to be prepared. Join the Seattle Emergency Communications Hubs and the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service in a simulated full city power outage field exercise on April 28, 2018 from 9:00 am to noon.

The Hubs will be practicing passing information on to the community at hub locations and also matching volunteer skills, information and resources with people looking for the same.

Participating Hub locations

Want to learn more? Visit the Seattle Emergency Hubs website for information and up to date details about the drill.

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Building Community Through Gardening

Guest article written by Samantha Poyta (P-Patch Community Gardening Extern)

Oun Yeav and Phoeurn Khim love to feed their community. For over 15 years, these women have been growing food in West Seattle for their family, friends and neighbors. And, in recent years, these gardeners have worked to build a successful weekly farm stand at the High Point P-Patch and a CSA program that delivers food both onsite and to Seattle’s north end. For Oun and Khim, to see a growing number of customers buying high quality food from their garden makes them proud. They love nurturing seeds to plant, harvest, and deliver to customers’ dinner plates!

Oun, Khim, and the other High Point P-Patch gardeners understand the importance of eating fresh, organic food. In fact, they view their work as serving the health needs of their community as many High Point residents are low-income and refugees and might not otherwise have easy access to nutrient-dense food. These gardeners hope to continue offering locally grown, organic produce to their neighbors so that the whole community can have better health!

Gardening has been therapeutic and a good stress relief for Oun and Khim. They both came to Seattle as Cambodian refugees, Oun in 1986 and Khim in 1990. Arriving without knowing the English language made it very difficult for both women to make connections. This changed in 2000 when they began volunteering at the High Point P-Patch and found that their knowledge of growing food in Cambodia enabled them to connect with their neighbors in a way that brought tremendous joy to them. Not only did the gardeners find a stronger sense of community that was previously missing in their lives, they also began to feel better physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Now, the High Point P-Patch is a place where many Cambodian neighbors congregate, eat good food, and help out the main gardeners on farm stand days.

Over the years, Oun and Khim have become master gardeners. In Cambodia, they mainly grew peanuts, cotton, corn, potatoes, black beans, green beans, and rice. While growing these crops required a high skill set from the gardeners, Oun and Khim say that growing food in the Pacific Northwest is much more challenging than in Cambodia. Whereas in Cambodia the tropical climate and longer hours of sunlight facilitate plant production, the High Point gardeners say they had to learn how best to monitor their garden beds to account for the shorter days, cloud cover, and constant rain in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Oun, Khim, and the High Point gardeners have perfected their gardening skills. The bountiful supplies of kale, spinach, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, potatoes, and much more from their gardens is proof of that!

In their own lives, Oun and Khim have seen how eating fresh vegetables has benefited them. Here is a healthy recipe from the gardeners that they make using produce they grow from the High Point garden:

Beet and Kale Salad

Serves 4

  1. Wash and peel bunch of beets, cut into large slices.
  2. Rinse and chop bunch of kale.
  3. Toss kale and beets with salt, pepper and oil (ex: olive or sesame).
  4. Roast beets for 45 minutes in oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Let beets cool and then mix with kale. Add additional oil for dressing.

You can also add sliced apples, toasted walnuts or goat cheese to your salad!


Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ P-Patch Market Gardens are spaces where food is grown to sell onsite or offsite at stores, stands, farmers markets, or restaurants. Our two market gardens are located at NewHolly and High Point on Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) property.

The gardeners work communally and sell the organic produce through their Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) within our site and farm stands. The P-Patch staff work with the gardeners to develop and manage the gardens, along with selling and marketing the produce.

Learn more about P-Patch Market Gardens at our website.

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City Light Continues Utility Pole Upgrades for Advanced Metering

In January 2017, Seattle City Light will continue supporting Advanced Metering services throughout the utility’s service territory by replacing existing utility poles with taller poles, which will host wireless utility data collection equipment. The new poles will be 70 feet tall, which is about 20 feet taller than the existing poles.

Rendering of wireless utility data equipment on a utility pole.

This project is part of the communications network to support Advanced Metering, which will automate meter reading and enable enhanced services.

Throughout the month of January 2017, City Light crews will be replacing poles in the following areas:

  • Beacon Hill / Rainier Vista (S Columbian Way)
  • West Seattle / Delridge  (16th Ave SW)
  • West Seattle / High Point (26th Ave SW)
  • West Seattle / North Admiral (45th Ave SW)
  • Central District (24th Ave)

View the January 2017 Utility Pole Upgrade maps for approximate construction work areas. More maps will be added on the Utility Pole Upgrade website as the project progresses into other areas within City Light’s service territory.

There are no maintenance power outages planned for this work. Some traffic and parking impacts are expected in the immediate work areas. Crews will be careful to maintain access to driveways.

Daily work hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In most instances, the work to transfer existing equipment and install the data collection equipment can be completed in one day.

Customers can contact JoAnna Perley, Advanced Metering Deployment Manager at (206) 733-9648 or JoAnna.Perley@seattle.gov.


Visit the following websites for more information:

Seattle City Light’s “At Work in Your Neighborhood” website
www.seattle.gov/light/atwork

Seattle City Light’s Advanced Metering Program website
www.seattle.gov/light/meters

Advancing Equitable Outreach and Engagement

Message from Kathy Nyland, Director

Mayor Murray recently issued an Executive Order directing the city to approach outreach and engagement in an equitable manner. Putting an equity lens on our approaches is bold and, yes, brave. It shows a commitment to practices that address accessibility and equity.


What does this mean?

  • We often hear that meetings can feel like we are “checking a box.” The Mayor’s action means we can create processes that are more relationship-based and build authentic partnerships.
  • It means that we can create plans that are culturally sensitive, which includes an emphasis on translated materials.
  • It means we broaden access points, identify obstacles and turn them into opportunities.


What else does this mean?

  • It means we have an opportunity to recreate, re-envision and reconcile many lingering issues, including defining the difference between neighborhoods and communities, providing clarity about roles, and creating a system of engagement that builds partnerships with, and between, communities throughout the city of Seattle.
  • It means that we will be working to expand choices and opportunities for community members throughout this city, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of those who face barriers to participation.
  • It means that we’ll work with city offices and departments on community involvement to ensure that they are effective and efficient through the wise use and management of all resources, including the community’s time.
  • And it means we will expand the toolbox and make some investments in digital engagement.

 

Seattle is a unique city, and we are fortunate to have so many valuable partners currently at the proverbial table. Those partners play an important role and that role will continue. While we are appreciative of the countless hours our volunteers spend making our city better, we recognize and acknowledge there are barriers to participation. There are communities who cannot be at the table, while there are some communities who don’t even know there is a table. This is where the Department of Neighborhoods comes in.

This is not a power grab. It is a power share. At the heart of this Executive Order is a commitment to advance the effective deployment of equitable and inclusive community engagement strategies across all city departments. This is about making information and opportunities for participation more accessible to communities throughout the city.

 

“This is not about silencing voices. It’s the exact opposite. It’s about bringing more people into the conversations or at least creating opportunities for people to participate so they can be heard.”

 
Face-to-face meetings are incredibly important and those are not going away. But not every person can attend a community meeting, and the ability to do so should not determine who gets to participate and who gets to be heard.

We’d love to hear what tools YOU need to be successful and how WE can help you. Share your ideas with us:

  • Send an email to NewDON@seattle.gov.
  • Share your comments below.
  • Contact us at 206-684-0464 or mail us at P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.
  • Join and follow the conversation online using #AdvancingEquitySEA at:

Facebook – @SeattleNeighborhoods
Twitter – @SeaNeighborhood

This is about making things easier and less exhaustive. This is about connecting communities to government and to one another. This is about moving forward.

Kathy Nyland, Director
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods