Volunteers’ groundwork for Community Orchard of West Seattle

That’s not fog or mist … that’s steam rising off hot compost at the site of the future Community Orchard of West Seattle. A group estimated at up to 50 volunteers has just wrapped up a truly groundbreaking work party, putting down cardboard (remember the donations last fall?) and compost mulch along the orchard site, which is now on the northeast side of the South Seattle Community College campus. They worked at the site – undaunted by the steady rain – after a morning permaculture workshop.
ADDED: Two photos shared by organizer Aviva Furman (best known for Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle):

She has some words of gratitude in the comment section – and info on how you can get involved with the orchard.

4 Replies to "Volunteers' groundwork for Community Orchard of West Seattle"

  • Aviva January 15, 2011 (4:49 pm)

    A huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this project come together so far…and the list is growing…the enthusiastic volunteers who worked through the rain, Laura for an awesome class, the steering committee for persistance, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods for funding, SSCC for the site, McLendon for donating materials, Theo Chocolate for mulch, Christina for delivering manure…and many others. It has been a joy to see it all come together….and it is just beginning. If you are interested in joining in the Community Orchard project – please email info@gleanit.org to find out how you can be involved.

  • JB January 15, 2011 (5:54 pm)

    Behold the power of compost! Great job folks. That looks like some outstanding work.

  • Laura January 15, 2011 (8:21 pm)

    I am in awe of the dedication and willingness to work that our volunteers showed today. One participant commented to me that he’d never seen a group so willing to work together – each member flexible and yet dedicated. It was an honor to work with such fine folks. Dream into action: our orchard is taking shape!

  • alki stu January 21, 2011 (2:17 pm)

    If you want a CROSSFIT workout with the added value of creating a community asset, I recommend getting involved with these work parties. The new workout craze “The Permaculture Workout”, weight bearing, load carrying fitness training without someone yelling at you and for FREE. Add riding a bicycle for transportation to top it off. More work parties please!

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