Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair

September 13, 2009

I’ve been so excited to attend and volunteer for Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair. Two of my favorite things in one place, food and gardening. Harvest Fair was this past Saturday at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. I went early to see what vendors were participating and what local restaurants and roving food carts would be there. It was perfect weather for an outdoor festival, 85 degrees and sunny. I was able to reclaim some of my lost freckles! I volunteered to greet people and gently remind them there was a “suggested” donation. I also directed people to the restrooms. It was a very important job.

There are too many pictures to post, so I’ll give you a summary of the event. First, let me say that when you walked into the fair, you were greeted with the delicious smells of food from local restaurants and roving food vendors. There was live music all day and kids everywhere with face paint and decorated hats made out of paper bags. There were goats and chickens and a beekeeper selling honey. Several local farms were there selling organic produce. There were canning classes, winter gardening classes and compost demonstrations in the afternoon. Skillet was there with their super cool airstream trailer selling mouth watering lunch goodies. They are obviously mobile and you can find their scheduled locations on their website. You’ll most likely have to wait in line, but it’s worth it. Two words: bacon jam!  Swansons, my favorite nursery, was at the fair talking to people about native plants and general gardening advice. I learned about Seattle Youth Garden Works, a local organization that educates, empowers and helps find employment for kids ages 14-21 that would otherwise be living on the street or in general may not have had the opportunities or tools to exceed. They sell the produce they grow at the University District Farmer’s Market. Cool, right? Here are some pictures of the day.

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Seattle Tilth-tastic

September 5, 2009

I made it to a Seattle Tilth garden crew volunteer session this morning. It rained earlier, and it has been one of those pre-fall, blustery, it might rain again kind of days, but warm enough to wear a t-shirt. I love days like this! Perfect gardening weather. I think I should explain a bit more about what Seattle Tilth is about and why I love them. Tilth’s mission is this:

“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”

Next week is the annual Harvest Fair. I’ve been meaning to go for 2 years now and this year I will be volunteering most of the day at the event. I can’t wait. Harvest Fair is a celebration of local food, teaching people about urban gardening, raising urban livestock, eating fresh food and getting together with the community. I think food brings people together and I’m looking forward to learning from all the gardeners and gardener hopefuls (like me)! Also, Tilth has a children’s garden. How cute is that?

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Today, at the Good Shepherd Center location in Wallingford I harvested lemon cucumbers (so, so cute), tomatillos, basil, beans, tomotoes and chard. We also weeded the garden and prepared a bed for cover crops to let the soil rest a bit.

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Here is my bounty from today! I am going to make chicken enchiladas with tomatillo salsa this weekend. M’mmmmmm….

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