Archive for April, 2013

Connecting Orca & the food bank

We have a really great relationship with the Rainier Valley Food Bank. We are looking to get even GREATER as we seek to grow & donate a record amount of greens & food in the garden this year. In addition to the fresh produce, we are looking to donate 7,000 + cans of food for the food bank. Our “A Kid, A Can, A Month” program has been generating a lot of food for the RVFB. The last couple o’ days we have been harvesting buckets of chard from the garden and I dropped them off today. The kindergarteners really got into the idea of helping those in need. Is there a better lesson to learn in kindergarten?

Thumbs up if ya like helping people out

Thumbs up if ya like helping people out

We really want to donate over 1,000 pounds of fresh produce to RVFB this year. As the Pointer Sisters say on this fabulous SOUL TRAIN performance- Yes We Can! (Check out those dance moves!)

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Food fight! Processed foods get the hip hop treatment.

I have been thinking a lot about what it means to make change happen- obviously it starts with ourselves and then manifests in the actions that impact those around us. But with this food & green revolution- I have a “beef” with people like Michael Pollen who rarely address economics & race in their preaching to the foodie masses. It’s not as simple of a choice for those living in food deserts, those without access to fertile plots of land, & those who simply don’t have the economic means to provide themselves with organic, natural, & fresh foods. So what’s the solution? I’m not gonna pretend to have the answer- but I still strive to search for answers, better solutions, and paths that are equitable for all of our urban communities. NOW- enter this cool video. It uses hip hop to tell the story of processed foods & how they impact people of color. These fellas see it as a battle- a war being raged on poor and marginalized communities. So what do they fight back with- FOOD! I think that the moral of this tale is that ultimately- no matter how economically challenged we are- we have a choice. That choice, even when it’s small and seemingly insignificant is in itself- power.

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Orca Plant Sale May 11, 2013!

Yes! The date is upon us. 5/11 from 10am-3pm. The annual Orca Plant Sale is the place for all your organic starter plant needs. Students grow most of these plants! Tomatoes are our specialty (we have over 20 varieties!) We will also have tons of other fruit trees & bushes, native plants, & fragrant herbs from our friends Cascadian Edible Landscapes & Go Natives also. Most of what doesn’t sell is donated to local school gardens, community groups, and food bank p-patch gardens. So come support this great community event! All the proceeds benefit Orca having the only fully integrated garden education program in Washington. Stick around and hang out with our good buddies The Makery– a mobile craft experience like no other. There will be live music, baked goodies, and more. See ya soon!

A greenhouse of goodness.

A greenhouse of goodness.

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Orca salmon released!

Freedom soooon!

Freedom soooon!

It’s always a special day when we release the salmon we have grown from eggs. Most of the school marches down to Seward Park (1.1 miles away), where our release location is. They get to hang out with the lil’ guys for a minute and say “see ya later” (not goodbye because they will return in 2-3 years!). This day is always close to Earth Day & Spring Break too- so it’s a tad celebratory. The rain & cold couldn’t dampen our spirits.

Kindergarten!

Kindergarten!


It’s great to see students engaged in REAL change & ecology work- not just purely conceptual. Pour the salmon in- watch them swim away and BAM- connection made.
Two lil' guys were left in the tank...but not forgotten!

Two lil’ guys were left in the tank…but not forgotten!

Hey- i had to talk the talk and scooter back down to Seward Park because two were accidentally left in the tank!!!

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