Expanding Rainier Valley Gardening Opportunities


  • Saturday, July 11th, join neighbors to work on the children's garden just east of the Rainier Community Center
  • Saturday, August 8th there will be another bucket brigade at the Rainier Heritage Festival

What are Neighborhood Gardens?

Reclaimed urban spaces where people come together to grow fruits, vegetable and flowers, and share in the harvest. Neighborhood Gardens produce healthy accessible food for the gardeners and their community – especially when shared with schools, food banks and shelters – and offer a beautiful place to connect with your neighbors.

How can I benefit from Neighborhood Gardening?
• Stay healthy: Fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Growing your own organic produce is as fresh as it gets!
• Save money: Growing your own produce is an affordable solution to rising prices, and helps to create a self-sustaining community.
• Help others: It’s especially difficult for low-income individuals and families to access fresh fruits and vegetables – growing extra produce to share with Food Banks is a great way to help those in need.

How Can I Get Involved?
• Find us at the Rainier Valley Farmer’s Market every Wednesday (May through October) from
4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Columbia Plaza (4801 Rainier Avenue South)

We can provide you with the information and resources you need to:
• Share your yard: Have more yard than you know what to do with? Share the space (and the yard work!) with people in your community that are looking for a place to grow.
• Share your fruit harvest: Consider donating excess fruit to those willing to come and pick it. Learn how to best care for these trees and process the fruit they bear.
• Start your own Neighborhood Garden: Most existing gardens have a waitlist for participation – by locating unused land in your neighborhood and organizing your community, you can create beautiful and bountiful urban spaces.
• Grow a container garden: Attend (or volunteer to organize) a Bucket Brigade, where you can pick up free soil and seeds to start your own mini-container garden.
• Share your passion for gardening with young people: Volunteer to teach children about gardening and to assist in school and community center gardens.

About us:
Rainier Valley Neighborhood Gardens promote cooperative growing for the health and beauty of the Rainier Valley community. Reclaiming unused urban spaces for public gardens and promoting community participation, Neighborhood Gardens provide food assistance, improve the sustainability of the community and offer beautiful public spaces for Rainier Valley residents to unite. Supported by the King County Public Health Department, Rainier Valley Neighborhood Gardens is a division Healthy & Active Rainier Valley Coalition (HARVC) - a group of agencies and individuals committed to improving physical activity and nutrition throughout Rainier Valley.

For more information, and to get involved, please contact: Diana Vergis Vinh at vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid#vog.ytnuocgnik|hniv.anaid

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