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Seattle Community Farm, October 2012 (photo by John Bolivar)

 Harvesting radishes (photo by John Bolivar)

Harvesting radishes (photos by
John Bolivar Photography)

The Seattle Community Farm is a creative, ambitious project transforming an unused ½-acre of land into a productive farm which educates, inspires, and increases food security for residents of Southeast Seattle. The food grown at the Seattle Community Farm will be cultivated by and shared with residents of the Rainier Vista community and wider Rainier Valley neighborhood, as well as the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Started in 2009 from a partnership between Lettuce Link, Seattle Housing Authority and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program – with funding from a USDA Community Food Project Grant – the Seattle Community Farm broke ground in 2010.

In 2012, community members, volunteers and Lettuce Link staff raised more than 9,600 pounds of vegetables at Seattle Community Farm. We looking forward to many years of abundant harvests!

Check out this video interview with 2011 Harvest Against Hunger VISTA Outreach Coordinator, Mariah Pepper, who describes the first year of growing food at Seattle Community Farm. 

Mariah Pepper Solid Ground (produced on Vimeo
by Basil Weiner, Harvest Against Hunger VISTA).

Volunteer

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If you are a new volunteer with Lettuce Link or have not applied in the past, fill out a Lettuce Link's Seattle Community Farm Volunteer Application and return it to urbanfarm@solid-ground.org.

  • Volunteer Work Parties: Tuesdays 9am – 1pm, Thursdays 5 – 8pm, and Saturdays 10am – 2pm, March through November at Seattle Community Farm!

  • Work Trade Program: If you have trouble affording produce, you can sign up for the Work Trade Program at Seattle Community Farm. For every two hours of volunteer time, you’ll receive a bag of vegetables. Signing up is easy – just come to a work party (see days/times above) and tell us you want your volunteer time to count towards your Work Trade.

  • For more information about volunteering at Seattle Community Farm to help prepare the soil, plant, water, weed and harvest, please email urbanfarm@solid-ground.org.

  • Gardening Wish List: Lettuce Link and Seattle Community Farm gladly accept donations of new and gently used (unless otherwise noted) gardening tools and supplies. To arrange your donation, please contact us at 206.694.6828 or urbanfarm@solid-ground.org.

More Information

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Publications

  • Lettuce Link brochure 
  • Raising food, connecting cultures: Solid Ground's July 2011 Groundviews newsletter features the Seattle Community Farm
  • Gardening for Good Nutrition: A Guide to Growing Your Own Healthy Food: We created this useful guide to help people grow their own organic food and take control of their health needs. It offers simple-to-follow gardening and food preparation advice, basic nutrition information on over two-dozen crops, steps a beginning gardener can follow to set up container gardens or yard gardens, composting advice and a list of community resources. For a free printed copy of the full 32-page guide, please call 206.694.6746 ext.3 (donations to Lettuce Link are happily accepted).

Community Mentions

Directions

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Seattle Community Farm is located just west of 4015 MLK Way, Seattle, WA 98108. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood. It is also easily accessible by public transportation.

Driving Directions

From I-5 N/S:

  • Take the exit for I-90 East toward Bellevue/Spokane.
  • Take exit 3 for Rainier Ave S (comes up right after you get on I-90).
  • Turn Right at Rainier Ave S.
  • Bear Right to get on MLK Way.
  • Turn Right at Andover St, and follow the road to the left, where you will see our farm to your right.
  • Parking is available on Lilac St or on surrounding streets.

From MLK Way South:

  • Head North on MLK Way.
  • Make a U-turn at S Walden St.
  • Turn Right at Andover St, and follow the road to the left, where you will see our farm to your right.
  • Parking is available on Lilac St or on surrounding streets.

Public Transit

Bus:

  • Take the #8 bus to Andover St.
  • Turn Right on Andover St and follow the road to the left, where you will see our farm to your right.

Light Rail:

  • Take Sound Transit to the Columbia City stop.
  • Walk North on MLK.
  • Turn Left on Lilac St. The farm will be right at the top of the hill.

Google Satellite Map of Seattle Community Farm Location

Google Satellite Map of Seattle Community Farm Location

Contact Us

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The Seattle Community Farm is a project of Solid Ground's Lettuce Link program.

PHONE:
206.694.6828 (TTY: 7.1.1)

EMAIL:
urbanfarm@solid-ground.org 

FAX:
206.694.6777

MAILING ADDRESS:
Lettuce Link/Seattle Community Farm at Solid Ground
1501 North 45th Street
Seattle, WA 98103-6708

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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