Archive: Community Gardening

Pie Auction 101

The word "auction" conjures up many associations -- art, cars, cows, bachelors, antiques, produce -- but last weekend while in Seattle, I added another commodity to the list: pies. For some of you folks who come from the country, the pie auction may be old hat, but for this city mouse, it was a culinary first. Pies on the bidding table at Seattle's first Blues for Foodfest. (Kim O'Donnel) I got wind of the crusty hullabaloo from Seattle community gardener Deb Rock, the brains and organizer of Blues for Foodfest, a blues festival with new twist. Rock, who coordinates a "P-Patch" community garden that I profiled in last year's blog space, spearheaded this musical event with the goal of raising money and awareness for the 70-plus Seattle community gardens that donate several tons of produce to area food banks every year. My friend Leslie and I, pie auction virgins in...


By Kim ODonnel | September 6, 2007; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ode to an Edible Poet

Last week, I received an e-mail from Seattle community gardener Deb Rock, a fireball who keeps me in the loop on edible garden goings-on in the Emerald City. Attached to her note was a poem recited at a Seattle local food movement fundraiser held earlier in the week; the poem, entitled "Food Warrior," was written by Michael Seliga, a young gardener passionate in both word and deed. His poem, posted below, encapsulates many themes that are dear to me -- local and seasonal food when possible -- but he takes it a huge step further by actually getting in the dirt and teaching others to do the same. Originally from California's San Fernando Valley, 25-year-old Seliga is the garden coordinator at Seattle Youth Garden Works, a hands-on education and employment program for homeless and at-risk young adults (ranging in age from 15 to 22). Since he began working with SYGW...


By Kim ODonnel | April 23, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

P-Patch Party People

"We're gonna go see my friend Deb at the P-Patch," announced Leslie, my Seattle houseboat host. "Tuesday is work-party night." Translation: We were headed to one of Seattle's 70-plus community gardens, which grows thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables expressly for area food banks. Deb Rock, who's been a food-bank garden coordinator at Interbay Community Garden since 1999, oversees a group of volunteer gardeners who join her every Tuesday night during growing season, between April and October. The "party" portion of the evening comes after the weekly chores of harvesting are completed, and that's when we first-timers showed up on the scene. "Kim, can you go to my plot and pick a container's worth of sun gold tomatoes for the panzanella?" Deb asked me. "And don't worry if the tomatoes are splitting; they're still tasty," she added. Leslie and Trine were on raspberry duty, then moved onto lettuces and...


By Kim ODonnel | September 1, 2006; 01:45 PM ET | Comments (3)


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