Community BBQ to raise funds for Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

Have you been to Seattle’s largest urban farm? Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands is located in the heart of Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, one of the most diverse zip codes in the nation. The Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Seattle Tilth, Seattle Parks Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite you to support this community farm at a community barbeque on Sunday Sept. 21, 2014, 4 to 6 p.m.  

The fundraising BBQ will be held at the farm, 5513 S Cloverdale St., Seattle, WA 98118. Dinner will be prepared by Seattle Tilth’s Community Kitchens Northwest staff and volunteers, featuring fresh produce from the farm. There will be live music and activities for children.

The suggested donation is $25 per person, or $12 for kids age 12 and under (with an accompanying adult), though no one will be turned away and donations of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All money raised will benefit the Campaign for Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.

The farm is in the home stretch of a capital campaign to raise $2.5 million to expand the farm and make it a premiere educational facility for sustainable community urban agriculture. The farm will produce more than 10 tons of organic produce a year for the community. The improvements will be completed in 2015.

For more information and to RSVP please visit Seattle Parks Foundation Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Weltlands or Campaign for the Farm  For question about the event please contact Liza Burke, Communications Director, Seattle Tilthat 206-633-0451 ext. 103

Quick History of the Farm

Formerly a plant nursery for city parks, Rainier Beach Urban Farm provides opportunities for people of all ages to participate in educational programs and to contribute and learn as volunteers, learning to grow food organically and restore the natural wetlands habitat that runs down the middle of the farm. In 2013, the farm grew and sold or donated 6,876 pounds of food, provided 2,173 meals and distributed 1,436 subsidized Good Food Bags of fresh produce to the community with the help of over 600 volunteers.

About Friends of the Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands

Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands is a committed group of neighborhood residents who created the vision for the project and secured the initial commitment of public funds. They provide community outreach, mobilize community members are lead efforts to secure additional public resources.

About Seattle Parks Foundation

Seattle Parks Foundation connects and supports community leaders to build and sustain a thriving system of parks and public space for all people. The foundation works with private and public sector leaders to integrate public space planning in Seattle and advocates and raises funds for connected parks and public space throughout the city.

About Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized educational nonprofit organization that inspires and educates people to build an equitable and sustainable local food system while safeguarding our natural resources. Seattle Tilth offers classes and hands-on training in sustainable urban agriculture and environmental stewardship for all ages.

About Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation works with all citizens to be good stewards of our environment, and to provide safe and welcoming opportunities to play, learn, contemplate, and build community.