Sustainable West Seattle presents awards, celebrates a busy year

This year, Sustainable West Seattle members and friends headed into the trees for the group’s annual picnic, gathering among the food-producing plants at the Community Orchard of West Seattle on the northeast edge of the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus. Before dessert time – which included the option to make smoothies with a human-powered blender! – SWS’s Stu Hennessey announced this year’s honorees. First, Steve Richmond, honored for his work with native plants and removing invasives – projects such as the wetland restoration by Sanislo Elementary – “which he does all by bicycle!”

Speaking of bicycling – tonight’s other honoree was West Seattle Bike Connections president Don Brubeck, not on hand, but lauded by Stu for his “mild-mannered” advocacy, and everything he and WSBC have accomplished in just a few short years.

Stu also listed some of SWS’s main projects/events this past year, including the orchard itself, where a row of trellissed apple trees grows – most made naturally problem-resistant, compared to a few on the north side that aren’t:

Apples were going into the cider press borrowed from the West Seattle Tool Library, also a SWS project:

SWS also planned and presented the GreenLife area at West Seattle Summer Fest again this year; other programs and projects include DIY Bikes, Tox-Ick.Org, Spokespeople, and West Seattle Meaningful Movies, whose next presentation, September 6th, is “Princess Angeline,” about Chief Sealth‘s daughter, an event also intended for support of and updates about the Duwamish Tribe‘s ongoing battle for official recognition.

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4 Replies to "Sustainable West Seattle presents awards, celebrates a busy year"

  • Kate K August 22, 2014 (10:47 am)

    A good time was had by all! Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the evening in the orchard and to all the volunteers who put this together.

  • BigJohn August 22, 2014 (4:25 pm)

    Is that “Apples” picture upside down?…..or is it me not knowing how they hang? ;-)

  • WSB August 22, 2014 (7:34 pm)

    No, not upside down. They are trellissed. You can see the view from the other side via the photo we posted to Instagram while there –

  • imcoveredinbees August 23, 2014 (8:34 am)

    Love this garden and the work being done there. Great efforts by many. Thank you SWS for everything you do!!

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