Help Pickering Garden grow

May 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2015

The city is seeking green thumbs to help the Pickering Demonstration Garden grow.

Volunteers help grow fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, while learning techniques for growing food organically and utilizing natural resources wisely.

Volunteer hours are available May through September: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.

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City garden grows 1,500 pounds of produce for food bank

January 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 31, 2015

In 2014, the Pickering Garden team grew more than 1,500 pounds of fresh food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The city teamed with Our Seattle Tilth and community members to grow the garden. The total amount of donated food includes 167 pounds from a city employee food drive.

Garden Coordinator Falaah Jones inspired and taught 627 people, who volunteered at the Pickering Garden to help plant, grow and harvest organic food.

Farmers Market vendors and local gardeners also contributed an additional 6,038 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank last year. Read more

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Can, freeze and donate bounty from your summer gardens

August 10, 2010

A garden bed at the city’s Pickering Barn demonstration garden displays cauliflower, celery, beets, carrots, green onions, herbs, beans, cucumbers, turnips and radishes. By Greg Farrar

Summer gardens are a treasure trove of tasty treats. Ripe strawberries abound, string beans spring up faster than you can pick them, and the raspberries and blackberries multiply exponentially.

While it’s nice to bite into a succulent ripe apple that fell to the ground, the apple tree you inherited from your home’s previous owners can sometimes produce more fruit than you can possibly find time to store. You’d bake another pie for the neighbor, but she threatened you with bodily harm should you bring another and derail her triathlon training.

So, what do you do with your garden’s bounty when there’s just too much?

Share it.

It’s the most logical thing to do with an abundance of food. After all, people clean out pantries and donate canned food to community meal programs. But donating your fresh produce to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank can be even better. Read more

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City officials pocket dollars for conservation

March 6, 2010

NEW — 6 a.m. March 6, 2010

City Council members accepted a pair of King Conservation District grants Monday to improve Pickering Garden and mark storm drains.

The council accepted more than $60,000 in grant dollars during a brief meeting.

The garden grant — $41,358 spread through 2011 — will be at the Pickering Garden to implement education efforts and improvement the site. The project includes a series of classes on landscaping, gardening without pesticides and herbicides, and natural yard-care techniques conducted by Seattle Tilth.

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