by Mark Van Streefkerk
Earlier this month, the Port of Seattle Commission approved funding of more than $1 million in grants to cities and 14 organizations in South King County. The Economic Development Partnership Program allocated $930,000 to South King County cities to help boost economic recovery for communities most impacted by COVID-19, including small businesses. Through the Port of Seattle environmental grants, 14 organizations will receive up to $20,000 for almost $218,000 in total.
The recent funding is part of the Port of Seattle’s larger commitment to invest $10 million over five years through the South King County Support Program, partly to help offset environmental impacts on near-airport communities and now to aid in COVID-19 recovery. Port programs are supported through 1.2% of tax paid by King County property owners.
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by Carolyn Bick
The farm stand hadn’t even opened for business yet, but the socially distant line for Tilth Alliance’s new farm stand was already starting to stretch down the organization’s driveway on the sunny afternoon of June 25.
The nonprofit organic gardening and urban ecology organization is located at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands in partnership with Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. Tucked away in a leafy residential area on South Cloverdale Street, this is the city’s largest urban farm. Tilth Alliance officially launched the new farm stand in this outdoor space on June 18. The farm stand is open every Thursday from 2–7 p.m. and is yet another one of Tilth Alliance’s efforts to support South King County residents.
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by Jack Russillo
Springtime means the busiest time of the year for gardeners everywhere and, even during the COVID-19 crisis, the Tilth Alliance is doing all it can to help supply plants to Seattle-area residents.
This year, the effects of the pandemic have forced Tilth to move its annual edible plant sale online, requiring pickups out of its South Seattle base of operations, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (5513 South Cloverdale St.), just north of Be’er Sheva Park. The plant sale’s pickup and distribution storefront will be open from 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, or until all products sell out.
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