All tours will be conducted on Saturday, August 10, 12:30-5:30 pm. Contact each site location ahead of time since some sites have limited space availability.
Check out these great tours to garden sites in the greater Seattle area for the 2013 ACGA conference:
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Imagine a city designed around ecological systems and edible landscapes where arts and culture play a key role in the designing innovative urban spaces, reimagining our food lifestyles, and connecting with neighbors.
Visit 4 community gardens that each demonstrate sustainability, creative repurposing, and vibrant community culture:
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From a quiet oasis named for an herb and slipped between two residences to a raucous community party with art and live music, experience the edible garden variety of northwest Seattle by bicycle. The route will include a portion of the Burke Gilman Trail, our granddaddy rail-trail, as well as bike lanes and new “neighborhood greenway” streets being redesigned for bicycle and pedestrian priority.
Cyclists will visit whimsically named Whirled Peas and Thyme Patch gardens, then pedal a modest grade to the festive Art in the Garden party at the Ballard P-Patch, which includes live music, artists exhibiting and making art for sale, and much more.
Lunch will be provided at the festival. Also included are visits to a P-Patch on a challenging urban site, one developed with a neighborhood “pocket park,” and one with a Hobbit-like cob tool shed.
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Community building is a continuous process. A community garden begins with an idea and progresses through stages of planning, development and construction and does not end when the garden is established. Community gardens and P-Patches provide opportunities for neighbors and community members to collaborate toward a common goal thus strengthening the sense of community and pride.
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Community gardens take on the personality of the neighborhood, gardeners, and the community that adopts it. This tour will show you a range of these personalities in north and central Seattle neigbhorhoods.
Along this tour you will see how these gardens bring the community together and see the impact it has on the neighborhood. Due to the size limitations of some of the gardens.
This tour can only take up to 30 people.
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Seattleites grow food and community at our Community Learning Gardens. Tour 5 of the city’s most beloved sites and learn about the various community engagement models employed at each.
On this citywide tour, you’ll see the whole city while exploring unusual garden spaces that reflect the uniqueness and diversity of the communities that built them.
The tour begins in north Seattle with a Children’s Garden that evolved from an abandoned swimming pool basin more than twenty years ago and ends with a visit to a burgeoning urban farm and wetlands site getting its roots in southeast Seattle.
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Join us for a whirlwind tour of community orchards within Seattle's urban landscape. We will be visiting sites large and small, looking at both traditional and innovative tree cultivation techniques.
Can you have an orchard with 46 trees in 750 square feet? Yes! Can you have a large food forest on public property? Yes! Can you bring a neighborhood together by planting fruiting trees? Yes! Come with us to see this, and much much MORE.
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Food is the web of life, connecting us to the land, our neighbors, our communities, our cultural heritage, and our history. It is a complex, intertwined web of growers, distributors, and consumers.
However, despite fulfilling a basic human need, food can also disconnect us from this rich web. Certain communities disproportionately struggle to access good food, the cornerstone of health. For example, where you live in the city, your income, ethnicity, ability, religion and gender all determine what food you can access. Food is often grown in a way that does not respect the land, the environment, and the individuals and their families who grew it, produced it, and distributed it.
Join us as we explore gardens sitting atop hills, farms nestled between freeways, and neighborhood community kitchens, and meet the people working to increase food accessibility and fight for food justice in Seattle. Learn how passionate gardeners, cooks, and eaters of all ages and backgrounds are mobilizing to undo disparities in the food system and bring our web of life back into balance.
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This tour focuses on gardens that offer therapeutic benefits to a wide range of populations. This tour will be of interest for anyone interested in therapeutic gardens and viewing a range of projects.
The sites we will visit include gardens for children with a range of disabilities (Fircrest State School/Seattle Playgarden), families of veterans being treated at the VA (Seattle Fisher House) and Japanese/American senior residents (Nikkei Manor).
Facility personnel will meet us on site. The tour leader worked on many of the projects and will explain the process, goals and reflections. A box lunch will be included in this tour and most are ADA accessible.
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Seattle has a vibrant urban agriculture community that includes continued cultivation of land that once embodied the livelihood of local farmers. Join us to take a look at the old lands still under cultivation in new ways, some of the innovative market gardens that have sprung up across the city and their venues for selling their produce and a peek at a learning garden that specializes in empowering people to grow their own!
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This interactive tour will lead participants on a journey through Seattle's urban community gardens to the iconic Pike Place Market.
We will provide clues for a scavenger hunt that will help you to learn more about amazing community gardening connections to the larger social and physical landscape.
This tour will be conducted on foot and public transportation, so please keep that in mind when signing up.
Tour limited to 20 people.
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From whimsical gardens for young children to composting programs for teens, Seattle has a wide array of opportunities for young people to get hands-on experience gardening.
We’ll begin and end with great garden play spaces: Magnuson Park’s Childrens’ Garden, designed around a giant blue whale bed, and the Seattle Children’s Play Garden, where children of special needs can play and garden alongside their typically developing friends.
In between we’ll stop at Sand Point Elementary School whose garden demonstrates what can be accomplished in an urban setting where only blacktop is available to build on; Green Plate Special, a food-growing and cooking program for underserved middle school students; the Bed of Life at the Garfield Community Center, where produce is grown as part of the Seattle Teen Employment Preparation Program; and Ground Up Organics, at Yesler Terrace, where teens learn about and make compost, as well as cultivate and harvest vegetables, herbs, and flowers that are grown in the greenhouse and open raised beds. We’ll have a box lunch along the way.
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These gardens show that community, seeds, and a patch of land do more than grow vegetables. Gardens can also create resilient systems of neighborhood food security, teach individuals about their cultural heritage through food and horticulture, grow thousands of pounds of fresh produce to feed the hungry, and provide individuals sovereignty over their food systems.
On this tour, you will see a wide range of community gardens: from urban gardening tucked in the heart of Tacoma and community run farms in the rural pierce county, gardens which grow tons of produce for food banks and others which create extremely localized models of food security.