Orca Garden Salad Bar!

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What an incredible day of salad eating! We picked fresh salads w/ tons o’ lettuces (romaine, buttercrunch, red oak, speckled), arugula, many kales, kale flowers, fennel, chard, and more! We added some fresh dressings (organic & dairy free) and kids loved it.

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IF THEY GROW IT, THEY WILL EAT IT! Kids were going back for 2nds,3rds, and 4ths!!!

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Orca Garden History!

We had the pleasure of a visit from one of the founders of the Orca Garden- way back in 1991! It was an honor to have Stan Hiserman come by and present us with a drawing comemorating the OPENING of the Orca Garden in 1991!?! It was illustrated by artist and Orca teacher Liz Newman. Stan even had a son in Marletta’s class back then. Marletta came out to the garden and they had a great catch up session. What a trip! Thanks Stan! Now to decide where to hang this cool art….

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Thanks for an amazing 2018 plant sale!

Well this was one for the record books! We had a phenomenal plant sale this weekend that most likely smashed all previous records for attendance and funds raised. We sold every tomato we grew and put out for sale! This event supports our garden education program here at Orca and thanks to YOU it was a success. The line went down the block!

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Thanks go out in a huge way to all the AMAZING parents and school community that supported our sale through theirĀ  time & effort. From the buying and inventory of plants to advertising the sale- it really takes a community effort to pull of an event like this. We love and appreciate all those that helped out!!!!

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Orca is a special place! Aside from raising funds, its amazing to think about all these plants going out in our community and growing local, organic, fresh food in an urban environment. This event makes real change in the world! Now we get to donate all of our leftover plants to other schools, food banks, and non profit organizations in Seattle. Woohoo!

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May 12th Plant Sale! Hooray!

plant sale posterThe legendary Orca Plant Sale is back May 12th w/ more organic plants grown by kids! We will also have tons of Native plants, berries, flowers, bushes, shrubs- just about anything growable under the sun! We will have Cascadian Edible Landscapes, Rosebriar Nursery, & Go Natives bringing the finest plants! This annual fundraiser is a big part of being able to even have a garden program here at Orca. Thanks for the support! Check & share the Facebook Event Page!

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Things are looking good around here and we look forward to filling your garden w/ plants! We have so many beans, peas, squashes, basils, tomatoes, kales, collards, chards, and more!!

 

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Rock Painting!

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It’s been a great week painting rocks and making sure our garden paths are clearly marked. Art + Maintenance + Garden= Happy Kids!

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Everything is more colorful and more clearly defined when walking through the garden. It has been so much fun to be outside doing this art project in the full sun!

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Pre-K springtime joy!

Awesome visit yesterday from our fabulous Pre-K here at Orca. Many of these kids will move onto kindergarten here and having this extra year to enjoy the garden is a great start to a lifelong love of plants. They haven’t had garden classes since November so they were really excited to get out and enjoy some plants. We tasted tons of plants & herbs and picked flowers, sages, and cool leaves.

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Salmon Release 2018!

What an amazing day, as the sky cleared, and students walked to Lake Washington to release our baby Coho salmon at Seward Park. We had a lot of fun at this annual event- our 10th in a row! Thanks to the Salmon in Schools program for hooking us up w/ salmon eggs. They grew up for 3+ months here before we released some of the strongest fish we have ever had here at Orca. Thanks to all the families who came too, it was well attended and people had a blast.

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