Massive Orca plant donations!

Have veggie oil car: will travel

Have veggie oil car: will travel

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.

Bailey Gatzert Elementary

Bailey Gatzert Elementary

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.

YMCA Earth Service Corps at Foster High School in Tukwila

Former UW Pipeline volunteer Stephanie w/ YMCA Earth Service Corps at Foster High School in Tukwila

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!

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Bevin Keely said,

    Love it! So good to see where those plants are ending up.

  2. 2

    Emily said,

    Thanks a million Anthony! This Thursday, your generous tomato start donation will be planted in the Magnuson Children’s Garden P-patch by kindergarteners from St. John’s School on a “Life in the Garden” field trip!

  3. 3

    Kimberly said,

    Anthony – is there anything we can do to help support the garden at Bailey Gatzert? That is just such depressing news and I imagine a little community support would help their morale. Glad you were able to bring them some plants!

    • 4

      anthonywarner said,

      The district came down hard on them so they don’t have many options. We will continue to support them how we can though!

      • 5

        Kimberly said,

        Who can we contact at B-G to find out if there are any needs that we could help with? Just makes me sick!

  4. 6

    Anonymous said,

    This is all so wonderful. Good for you all at Orca!

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