It has been a truly awesome experience to rumble around town in my bio-diesel veggie mobile delivering free tomato starts to schools. I have connected with so many organizations and schools, gotten to see their garden spaces, and really gotten to rub green thumbs with some amazing people doing and growing amazing things. We are at about 20 organizations that we have donated to. To have students growing plants and sharing them, is something that fosters empathy and caring that can only come through direct service to others.
Visiting Bailey-Gatzert Elementary after the removal of their garden via bulldozer was particularly humbling. The district thought the rat problem here near Little Saigon aka The International District was because of their garden. They proceeded to destroy an amazing space that was so important to a school community in need for organic, local foods. They have only a tiny space now but are still proud of it. I was informed that since they have no PTA or much parent involvement at the school, that students were just going to tend to the plants we donated and take them home in a few weeks. We were honored to hook them up and wish them the best in growing their garden again. This is another example of how our giving program really benefits other schools and students.
A full list of organizations and schools we donated to (it’s growing too!):
Elementary and Middle Schools: Bailey Gatzert, B.F. Day, Wing Luke, Greenwood, Laurelhurst, View Ridge, Hawthorne, Graham Hill, Sandpoint, Eckstein, Salmon Bay K-8, & a brand new elementary school in West Seattle, and more!
Organizations: Magnuson Park Children’s Garden, Jardincitos preschool on Beacon Hill, Pinnacle Explorations Outdoor School, Danny Woo Community Garden, Seattle Farm School, and more!