Rainier Beach Urban Farm And Wetlands Project V5 Pp97


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Report on proposed Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands project by Friends of Atlantic City Nursery at Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition Meeting, March 18, 2010

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  • Where? South of Pritchard Island Beach and North of Beer Sheva Park – on map you can see where we are now – labeled RB pool. History Started in 1935, run by Seattle Parks Department to grow trees and shrubs for park landscaping Characteristics ~7-8 acres Large greenhouses, shade houses, open space, wetlands
  • Seattle Parks relocating to another facility Parks will fully close in early 2010 Parks is soliciting input to determine future of the site – Meeting held by Parks in December to solicit community input This group (friends) came together to push an urban agriculture use. Existing, organic greenhouses easily repurposed for growing food Mara Farms, South Park – 13,000 llbs of food annually What we’re doing tonight won’t go directly to Parks – they will have their own meeting coming up soon, though it’s not yet scheduled. We’re hoping to influence their proposal for the design, and we can only do that by getting as much community support for this proposal as possible.
  • There are a number of possibilities that have come up already in our meetings, but we’re here to get more ideas from you. These are the ideas we’re thinking about now, broken into the RB coalition’s action areas of environment, economic development, family life, and education. After this presentation we’ll be asking for your ideas to add to this list and for your priorities about which to focus on first.
  • Rainier Beach Urban Farm And Wetlands Project V5 Pp97

    1. 1. Presented by Friends of Atlantic City Nursery
    2. 3. <ul><li>Owner – </li></ul><ul><li>Seattle Parks Department </li></ul><ul><li>7 Acre Site </li></ul><ul><li>Parks Nursery since 1935 </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical/Pesticide Free </li></ul><ul><li>Nursery now Relocated </li></ul><ul><li>Parks soliciting comments </li></ul><ul><li>for future use </li></ul>
    3. 4. The Opportunity
    4. 5. <ul><li>Who Are We? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Over 150 community residents </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FACN Origins </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Key Partners </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fiscal Partner </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seattle Tilth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Architecture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Via Architecture </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Growing Power </li></ul>Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands Project
    5. 6. <ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Valley Food Bank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Beach Community Empowerment Coalition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seattle Tilth </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Beach Community Block Watch </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Valley Post </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy and Active Rainier Valley Coalition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainable South Seattle </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Rotary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rainier Beach High School PTSA and Alumni Association </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creatives4Communities </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 7. <ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>Green Jobs Training </li></ul><ul><li>Horticulture/Agriculture Training </li></ul><ul><li>Collective Farming </li></ul><ul><li>Small Food Business Start-up Support </li></ul>Possibilities
    7. 8. <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Wetlands Restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Storm water Collection </li></ul>Possibilities
    8. 9. <ul><li>Family Life </li></ul><ul><li>Community Events </li></ul><ul><li>Youth Job Training </li></ul><ul><li>Intergenerational Gardening Opportunities </li></ul>Possibilities
    9. 10. <ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Garden </li></ul><ul><li>School Field Trips </li></ul><ul><li>Produce for Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Crop Demonstrations </li></ul><ul><li>Adult/Youth Classes </li></ul>Possibilities
    10. 11. <ul><li>Grow – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bloom – </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>& Technical Assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Thrive – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Production & Distribution </li></ul></ul>Grow Food, Grow Minds, Grow Community
    11. 12. <ul><li>Public Meeting was held December 3, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Wetlands Study </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Analysis Completed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final Study in Process </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Decision regarding Urban Farm – </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2010 </li></ul>
    12. 13. Your Participation
    13. 14. <ul><li>Divide into </li></ul><ul><li>small groups </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorm </li></ul><ul><li>ideas for 4 areas </li></ul><ul><li>Report Back to </li></ul><ul><li>the Larger Group </li></ul><ul><li>Vote to Prioritize </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas/Feedback </li></ul>
    14. 15. <ul><li>What other ideas or </li></ul><ul><li>suggestions do you </li></ul><ul><li>have for the four </li></ul><ul><li>key project areas? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Would you be interested </li></ul><ul><li>in volunteering? </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>Incorporate group </li></ul><ul><li>input into Proposal </li></ul><ul><li>FACN can update you </li></ul><ul><li>on new developments </li></ul><ul><li>via email </li></ul><ul><li>Possible future </li></ul><ul><li>volunteer opportunities </li></ul>