Spring Update 2016

Hi Everyone,
Many Thanks for coming out the weekend before last. Also, thank you Liz for hosting and opening up your home and driveway! I would have sent this earlier, but the sign up sheet went M.I.A. for a bit.

It was encouraging to hear all of the existing assets and partnerships that exist in many of your neighborhoods, and I am always seeing the potential, and believe the Skyway neighborhood could go a long way with all that you have specifically.

Hopefully you’ll remember that is is perfectly legal to share your properties, plants, knowledge, and resources.
Please let me know if you would like help pulling together some neighborhood action steps.

I already observed:
Skyway has some decent yard space to utilize- this is refreshing compared to the Ballard other urban yards that are getting smaller and smaller. This allows you to do “Food Forestry” and plant fruit tree guilds.
-Liz has some veggies going, and could use more space.
Cynthia has the space for veggies, but could use an extra hand maintaining them.
Bernda has some good front yard exposure, and a big leaf maple, which will produce great leaf mulch to put on the veggie gardens in the fall
Shirley Mae? Virginia? (I forget who lives around the corner), has a huge front yard, ripe for some larger trees or hedgerows (blueberries, hazelnuts, sea-buckthorn).
You have good amount of plant stock to trade amongst each other.
No one had livestock

Because you have larger yards, you can store things for each other as well, including piles of woodchips, soil, compost piles, etc.

Next, I’m looking at the things everyone wants to know and want to let you know there’s things we can do in the short and long term to meet those needs.
One thing people wanted to know is
companion planting (click link)
Crop rotations
Soil. I heard last year that there are over 2000 types of soils in the world. We have some nice stuff here in the NW, but it varies quite a bit for sure.
Soil tests from King County Conservation District, which is for nutrients only. 5 Free per household per lifetime
Soil test from U-Mass, which is more comprehensive.
Fruit Trees (let me know if you want to order anything over $200 and I can get you a deal. And get your shrubs and herbs and vines from CEL nursery!!!!!
Fruit Tree Guilds-

Speaking of this, I am wondering if anyone else is interested in doing a workshop and/or plant sale in their neighborhood?

We have a TON of veggie, herbs, and berries at our nursery in Rainier View neighborhood, probably half mile from Liz’s house as a crow flies. I know a couple of you have scheduled site vists to check out the little piece of paradise (which is still a working yard and former contractor’s dump, so mind your step)

Who is interested in hosting seasonally-appropriate educational sessions and/or work parties?
Who would be wiling to sign on to some grants and get some municipal and county $$$ towards this Edible Neighborhood.
I am happy to consult and design on a one-on-one basis, and of course would prefer to continue the networking and continuous edible neighborhood thread going.
Lastly—a piece I am particularly curious to hear, information technology…..Who is:
interested in being part of an Edible Neighborhood facebook group for their neighborhood?
Edible neighborhood Google group?
Meetup.com group dedicated to their edible neighborhood?
Project Management system where people can add to online bulliton board, download useful files from our database, and keep track of progress in the neighborhood?
Lastly, for real this time, we are putting together a “Barnraiser” to help us get together our “Mobile Greenhouse”, which is a greenhouse on trailer so we can visit more neighborhoods in the future and help our greenhouse operation go more smoothly. This is a launch party and fundraiser, as well as plant sale (tis the season!). Please come and bring your friends and your friends’f friends too!

May 14th at Big Chickie in Hillman City Here is a facebook event for it.

May 15th at Saltbox Designs in Ballard. Here is a facebook event for it.

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