Issaquah Farmers Market closes for the season Saturday

October 8, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 8, 2010

Celebrate the last Issaquah Farmers Market of the season Saturday.

The market has planned several events to mark the occasion, including a Tacoma Glass blown-glass pumpkin patch and a garden renovation class presented by Seattle Tilth.

The market runs from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W. Besides the fall attraction and the gardening class, browse homegrown wares flowers, handmade crafts and food vendors.

King County farmers markets provide sales opportunities for more than 250 family farms across the Evergreen State, including more than 100 farmers from King County.

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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

City folk give urban farming a try

April 13, 2010

Where did your breakfast this morning come from?

If you dig into the rising trend of urban farming, it could come from your own backyard.

Urban farming has become increasingly popular in recent years, and people are pushing its boundaries beyond a few tomato plants. Year-round vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, and chickens, goats and even bees are now being raised in people’s yards.

“The last couple years, we’ve seen a huge upsurge in people’s interest in growing food in the city,” said Liza Burke, communications director of Seattle Tilth, a nonprofit education group with classes in Seattle and Issaquah.

Such people come from all walks of life.

The demand for chickens has “become insane” at The Grange Supply in Issaquah, said Susan Saadati, who orders things including baby chicks for the company.

“Most of our customers are new to chickens,” she said.

Many people might be intimidated at the idea of raising livestock or even just lima beans in their backyard, but anyone can be an urban farmer, experts said. Read more

City gets conservation grants

March 23, 2010

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

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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Bring questions to garden, historic roads open houses Thursday

June 24, 2009

NEW — 3:15 p.m. June 24, 2009

Pickering Farm Garden open house

Bring fresh ideas to a city open house Thursday night. City officials and Seattle Tilth staffers want to hear suggestions for improving Pickering Farm Garden.

The open house is from 5-7 p.m. at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

City officials formed a partnership with the Tilth to plant the seed for the garden’s vision, design and growth.

Officials have received several ideas for the garden, including establishing city demonstration gardens, offering hands-on educational opportunities for organic gardening, creating a hub of a connected community trail system that includes other community garden sites and connecting to a Gilman Boulevard edible landscaping parkway.

Pickering Farm Garden is located on the west side of Pickering Barn. City and Tilth employees hosted an earlier open house related to the garden June 11.

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Bring fresh ideas to Pickering Garden open houses

June 8, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. June 8, 2009

City officials and Seattle Tilth staffers will host two open houses for people interested in improving Pickering Farm Garden.

The first open house is from 5-7 p.m. June 11 at City Hall, 130 E. Sunset Way. The second open house is from 5-7 p.m. June 25 at City Hall Northwest, 1775 12th Ave. N.W.

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Issaquah launches movie nights focused on sustainability

March 15, 2009

NEW — 6 a.m. March 15, 2009

Continuing community dialogue surrounding sustainability, the city’s Resource Conservation Office is hosting the first in a series of free movie nights March 17.

The first movie showing will feature “Good Food,” directed by Seattle filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young.

First shown to packed audiences at the recent Seattle International Film Festival, “Good Food” introduces viewers to local farmers, ranchers, distributors and restaurants who are building a sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.

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