Urban vegetable gardens are abundant during a recession, but the message Seattle Tilth has been spreading for 30 or so years is relevant no matter what the economy is doing.
“Seattle Tilth inspires and educates people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.”
This weekend, the non-profit group will be holding a day-long Harvest Fair where you can “Learn about growing, preparing and preserving the harvest, raising urban livestock, and community issues,” among many other fun activities.
There will be workshops where you can learn things like Home Canning & Food Preservation, Winter Gardening, and how to Harvest the Rain with a Cistern. PCC Cooks will be on hand to give you “great ideas on how you can cook delicious and nourishing recipes with fresh ingredients.” Local bands will be providing music and there are plenty of activities for kids.
Local food vendors like Skillet and Mighty O Donuts will be plying their tasty wares and you can check out the Local Urban Marketplace and Organic Farmer’s Market. Don’t forget to bring your reusable bags for some of the freshest produce in town.
And finally, if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to raise urban chickens, this will be an opportunity to meet urban chicken farmers and get your questions answered. In fact, you can also meet goats and honey bees and learn about all it takes to raise urban livestock. Yes, even in Seattle.
The Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair takes place on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to 5 pm behind the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. That’s located at 4649 Sunnyside Ave N and is adjacent to Meridian Park. Click on this link for a full roster of activities, including who is playing music, which local farms will be present, what the kids can do and information on what the raffle and auction are all about.
Visit Seattle Tilth to learn more about their year round programs and their mission.