Arbor Heights teacher needs hundreds of 1-gallon plant pots, fast

(Tomatoes growing in classroom, 2012)
If you have 1-gallon plant pots to spare, you can help Arbor Heights Elementary teacher Marcia Ingerslev and her students. Most recently, we reported on Ms. Ingerslev’s initiation of the “100th Day of School Food Drive Challenge” which led to literally tons of food being donated to local food banks. Each year, she also helps her students grow tomato plants – some of which are given away so that local families can learn about growing their own healthy food. (Here’s our first report from last year.) An AH parent volunteer now tells us “Ms. I” and her students “are in desperate need of 1-gallon pots for this year’s tomato plants, which they grow from seeds. If you have any pots to spare, please drop them off in the lobby of the school in the box, or contact the school and Ms. I will try to arrange for a pick up. Her dream is to have 400 pots, so dropping pots off would be the preferred method!” The school is at 3701 SW 104th (map), 206-252-9250; Ms. Ingerslev’s e-mail is

18 Replies to "Arbor Heights teacher needs hundreds of 1-gallon plant pots, fast"

  • Chris M March 28, 2013 (9:10 am)

    Reach out to the folks at Youngstown Flats (26th Ave SW & SW Dakota St) – they had some landscaping materials delivered this week and are going to be planting in the next day or two.

  • K March 28, 2013 (9:25 am)

    I just ordered 50 pots from amazon to be delivered next week.

  • nick March 28, 2013 (10:44 am)

    I have about 20 pots that I can send. Thanks for posting wsb

  • coffee March 28, 2013 (10:54 am)

    Hey, check out Craigslist on the free section, they have them all the time, before you spend money ordering them!

  • furryfaces March 28, 2013 (1:10 pm)

    We have 50 to 100 one gallon pots we can donate. Our only problem is getting them to school during their open hours. Can anyone transport for us?

  • sc March 28, 2013 (1:31 pm)

    Furry faces
    we can transport tomorrow!

    Shawna and Marc

  • furryfaces March 28, 2013 (2:35 pm)

    Marc & Shawna!! Thanks for contacting the teacher and for tranporting!

    Big thank you to Ms. I for leading such caring, community focused project with kids. We love this idea!

  • miws March 28, 2013 (2:46 pm)

    Very cool to yet again see WSB and West Seattleites stepping up, and working together to do good stuff!



  • millward's March 28, 2013 (3:35 pm)

    Marc and Shawna..What time are you going to drop them off? I’m going to drop off about 300 of them tomorrow around noon or so and it might be cool for the kids to see all of them together.Just a thought

    • WSB March 28, 2013 (3:39 pm)

      If you all do that, PLEASE let us know so we can be there :) 206-293-6302 even on relatively short news, we like breaking “good news” as much as (if not more than) “hey, there’s a fire” – thanks for EVERYONE’S generosity! – Tracy

  • sc March 28, 2013 (3:44 pm)

    we can certainly do noon. see you there.

  • millward's March 28, 2013 (3:51 pm)

    cool..noon it is..thanks guys

  • Marcia Ingerslev March 28, 2013 (4:57 pm)

    Wow! You are amazing. We will have plenty of pots for our tomato and lettuce crops we have started. We might need to plant some more.
    Seriously, my students were hopping with joy. We checked the lobby this afternoon and there were no pots yet but I told them there would be plenty tomorrow. After school we got a delivery from a very kind lady. I can’t wait to see their faces when they get here in the morning.
    I will have my little farmers ready to receive your donation.
    I am off now to buy soil! I love this community!

  • Acer March 28, 2013 (6:19 pm)

    Need more 1 gallon pots? Contact the West Seattle Nursery. They have hundreds of extras and give them out freely.

  • sc March 28, 2013 (6:31 pm)

    Can we help with $ donations for the soil?

  • Marcia Ingerslev March 28, 2013 (7:21 pm)

    Well, we always accept donations. McLendon’s has 1.5 cu ft soil for 4.99. I got a couple tonight but could always use more. Someone left very large pots this evening and so I bought seed potatoes to plant in them. So funny because I wondered just yesterday what I would put our potatoes in this year. The outpouring of support has been amazing. Plant folks are great people, West Seattle plant people are the best!

  • furryfaces March 29, 2013 (9:48 am)

    400 one gallon pots uses a lot of soil. May want to get ‘loose’ soil from e-green landscaping (that’s where we get ours for our plant sales). You’ll get far more (quality) potting soil, for a lot less $$’s. Perhaps someone has truck and pick up one yard (at a time?) or you can take buckets over and he will fill them for you.

    9010 Delridge Way SW, (3 Blocks North of Roxbury)

  • Teri Ensley March 29, 2013 (9:49 am)

    If you decide to get soil from e-green landscaping, let me know. I will call and donate $20.00 towards the soil.

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