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.


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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Community members needed for advisory committee on zoning modifications at Green Dot High School

Here’s your chance to serve on an advisory committee that will recommend whether to grant zoning modifications requested for the construction of Green Dot High School in southeast Seattle. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is seeking community members to volunteer on this committee.

Washington Charter School Development (WCSD) is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the construction of Green Dot High School located at 3900 South Holly Park Drive. The modifications requested are:

  1. Greater than allowed building height
  2. Reduced setback across the street from a residential zone
  3. Reduced setback abutting a residential zone

The committee will convene up to three public meetings in southeast Seattle (location to be determined) over a three-month time period. The committee will receive briefings from Washington Charter School Development and will gather and evaluate public comment on the departure requests. Following these meetings, the committee will make a recommendation to Seattle Department of Construction and  Inspections (SDCI) to either grant or deny the requested modifications. The committee may also recommend relevant conditions to be applied to granting these changes to minimize its impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. SDCI will make the final decision.

Those who can apply to serve on the committee are neighbors who live or own a business within 600’ of Green Dot High School, residents in the surrounding neighborhood, representatives of city-wide education issues, and parents of future students. Other committee members will include a representative from the Washington Charter School Development and City of Seattle.

To apply, please send a letter of interest by either e-mail or regular mail by Friday, October 6 to:

Maureen Sheehan
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
PO Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
Email: Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov

For more information contact Maureen Sheehan at Maureen.sheehan@seattle.gov or call 206-684-0302.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in its boards and committees; women, young adults, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, persons of color, and immigrants are highly encouraged to apply.

The Major Institutions and Schools Program provides a way for neighbors of Seattle’s schools, hospitals, universities, and colleges to be directly involved in the development plans for those institutions to ensure neighborhood concerns are considered when those plans are made. It is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

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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

People’s Academy for Community Engagement Now Accepting Applications

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The fall session begins September 27 and runs through December 6.

During the 10-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Fall sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Miller Community Center. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Government 101, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Meeting Facilitation, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and Sustaining Involvement.

Tuition for the 10-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/programs-and-services/peoples-academy-for-community-engagement/pace-application. The application deadline is Friday, August 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE will be offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. The winter session will begin in January of 2017. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.