In this issue:
We ♥ Volunteers
Farm photographers Erin Lodi & Noam Almosnino create magic
Solid Ground is fortunate to have several talented volunteer photographers who help capture the beauty and bounty of our giving gardens at Marra Farm and Seattle Community Farm – as well as the energy of the volunteers and students of all ages who engage at the farms.
Erin Lodi has donated her time and work to Lettuce Link and Apple Corps since 2014. Her photos of our Giving Gardens and nutrition classes – in particular her shots of the children who come to the farm to learn what it takes for veggies to get from the earth to their plates – tell the vibrant story of the magic of discovery that transpires at our farms.
Erin says, “I’ve loved volunteering with Lettuce Link! It’s been wonderful to witness and capture the students’ curiosity and delight as they discover how carrots grow, what sorrel tastes like and how amazing vegetables can taste!”
In 2015, Noam Almosnino began a year-long “Four Seasons” project to document how the farms morph and transform over the course of a year. Specializing in landscapes (see the featured image at the top of this post), he also photographs volunteer work parties and surrounding areas “to shine a spotlight on the two farms.” His photos have a nostalgic feel that captures the romance and promise of the farms.
Rooted in core values, McKinstry’s engagement with Solid Ground grows
McKinstry, a full-service design, build, operate and maintain (DBOM) company, has a unique model for engaging their employees in volunteerism: When employee groups volunteer for a nonprofit whose mission aligns with McKinstry’s focus areas of nurturing children, educating youth and protecting the environment, that organization is eligible for a small grant from the McKinstry Charitable Foundation.
When looking for group volunteer opportunities for a 2015 Earth Day opportunity, Solid Ground’s Giving Garden at Marra Farm turned out to be a perfect match for McKinstry’s core priority areas. Then later in the summer when vandalism at Marra Farm destroyed a picnic table, McKinstry volunteers jumped right in to rebuild it.
Kevin Lynn, McKinstry Community Relations Specialist and volunteer group organizer, says that while volunteering, employees “learned a lot about food deserts, food justice and inequality. It made staff interested in what’s going on in our own backyard. Part of our ethos is to care for the space in which we live and work.”
McKinstry’s Seattle location is in Georgetown, adjacent to Marra Farm’s home in the South Park neighborhood.
Volunteer Sheri Keeley concurs: “I feel so lucky to have contributed in a small way to such a valuable leader in the health of our community. It was a very eye opening experience for me to learn about this urban farm that is right down the road from where I work. I’m inspired to learn more about enhancing local food security.”
This summer, McKinstry will send another volunteer group to one of Solid Ground’s urban farms – a trend we hope will continue!
McKinstry, we appreciate your multifaceted support and look forward to growing an ongoing healthy partnership!
King County selected Solid Ground to be one of five Coordinated Entry for All Regional Access Points (RAPs). Coordinated Entry is the County’s strategy for managing access to the housing services system for people experiencing homelessness.
While the 2-1-1 phone system will expand its role as the primary way people initially connect with services to address housing crises, Solid Ground housing assessors/navigators – and those at the four other sites throughout the County – will conduct initial assessments, help people understand requirements to get housing, gather required documentation, and more.
“Solid Ground sought this opportunity to participate in the RAP model because it is a good fit for our people-centered approach,” says Stabilization Services Director Shannon Rae. “We’ll be individually assessing needs and barriers, and providing referrals for support and assistance in the moment.”
The north RAP will likely be located at the Meridian Center for Health at 10521 Meridian Ave N in Seattle. The program will be up and running later this summer.
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Come on out to our farms!
FARM TOURS: Did you know Solid Ground hosts farm tours and student field trips at our Giving Gardens at Marra Farm in South Park and Seattle Community Farm in the Rainier Valley? Groups can visit once or come multiple times during the growing season.
- For preschool to middle schoolers: We offer field trips on Garden Exploration, Environmental Stewardship and Service Learning.
- For adults & high school youth: We offer farm tours, service learning opportunities, and work parties.
Visit www.solid-ground.org/get-involved/farm-tours-field-trips for more info and to fill out our online Field Trip Request Form.
VOLUNTEER! Both of our urban farms host regular volunteer work parties. Whether you’re one person interested in digging in the dirt or want to bring a group from your school, community agency or workplace, we welcome volunteers for a variety of gardening tasks.
- Seattle Community Farm (groups up to 25): Tuesdays 9am-2pm, Fridays 10am-2pm, 2nd/4th Saturday of the month 10am-2pm
- Marra Farm (groups up to 50): Tuesdays/Thursdays 9am-2pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm
Kudos & Thanks
Thank you to all who joined us for an afternoon of laughter and inspiration with comedian Hari Kondabolu at our 2016 Building Community Luncheon in April. Collectively, we raised more than $250,000 to build a strong, just and healthy community for us all!
Special thanks to…
- Demetria Roundtree, featured in the event video, who started us off with her powerful invocation.
- Emcee Nancy Guppy, who kept things flowing with a sense of humor.
- Wanz, grammy-winning artist, for inspiring us to give generously through his own gift of song.
- Our many sponsors, listed below, who made the event possible!
COMMUNITY BUILDER SPONSORS
- Adobe Systems Inc.
- Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.
- Kantor Taylor Nelson Evatt & Decina PC
- Mercy Housing
- Molina Healthcare
- Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
- Sea Mar Community Health Centers
- Seattle University
- Swedish Hospital
- United Business Machines
- Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
- Whole Foods Market