May Events @ Sustainable Renton

May is shaping up to be another busy month for Sustainable Renton. Please read below to find out more about the different meetings and activities happening throughout the month. Unless otherwise specified, all meetings happen at our offices at 970 Harrington Ave NE in Renton. There are so many great things happening-we’d love to make a space for you to come and get involved.

May 4 – Sustainable Renton Community Farm: Work Party;  10am-4pm. Location: 11840 148th Ave. S.E., Renton, Washington 98059. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page.

how_to_startMay 9 – Renton Food Co-op: Visioning Meeting; 7pm. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page.

May 16 – Sustainable Renton Board Meeting; 7pm.

May 31 – Meaningful Movies: Manufactured Landscapes; 7pm. You can RSVP at the Facebook event page.

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MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. The film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste.

This is a FREE event with a suggested donation of $5. Refreshments provided.

April Happenings @ Sustainable Renton

There are a number of upcoming events/meetings that Sustainable Renton is hosting this month. All events are held at our offices at 970 Harrington Ave NE in Renton. Contact sustainablerenton@gmail.com for more information. See you all soon!

April 18- Renton Food Co-op: Continue the Conversation. 7pm. Sustainable Renton is looking into starting a Food Co-Op and are in the beginning stages of making this dream a reality. We are in need of dedicated and passionate people. We are difinitely looking into becoming a buying club first until we can make the transition into something bigger. Come and be a part of history. You can RSVP on the Facebook event page.

April 25-Sustainable Renton Board Meeting. 7pm. All are welcome to come and join in the workings of our board. We currently have a couple of large projects that are getting started, and your input and participation is encouraged.

April 26-Meaningful Movies: No Impact Man. 7pm.

Renton Food Co-op Part Deux

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Join board members and other community members for a breakfast potluck, sharing of research findings,and then a caravan to tour the Tacoma Food Co-Op.

Saturday, April 6th at 9:30am. Sustainable Renton offices at 970 Harrington Ave NE.

You can RSVP at the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/169682573186207/

MEANINGFUL MOVIES – Good Food

MEANINGFUL MOVIES of RENTON
a Sustainable Renton event

Sustainable Renton presents: Good Food (The Movie)

For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big
crops for export. But climate change and the end of cheap energy
mean that each region needs to produce more of its own food and
to grow it more sustainably. Good Food visits farmers, farmers’
markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all farmers.

We will be viewing the movie followed by a community
discussion of its content and how we can foster change in our own
community.When: Friday, October 26th 7-9 pm
Where: 970 Harrington Ave. N.E. Renton, WA 98056

This is a FREE event with a suggested donation of $5
Refreshments provided

For more info please contact sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Cascade Neighborhood-a Local Food System in action?

Today, I took a walk around the Cascade neighborhood of Renton with my kids. We spotted a couple of signs of healthy local food system developments-a school garden, and fresh homegrown produce for sale.

The gardens are at Renton Park Elementary. They are bursting with color.

Each classroom has their own raised bed.
The kids are going to have a great time in the Fall exploring what they planted.

And the produce is being sold from someone’s home-but I wasn’t able to find it today. I’ll have to go exploring further another day.

Seen on SE 168th St.

It’s nice to see these simple ways to reconnect with our sources of food. What have you spotted in your neighborhood?

Meaningful Movies – URBAN ROOTS

Come join Sustainable Renton at a new monthly film series we are hosting called Meaningful Movies. The first film in the series will be URBAN ROOTS, shown on Friday, August 31st at 7pm. These film screenings are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted to support Sustainable Renton. There will be a discussion to follow the screening. Board member Lara Randolph will be our host.

Location: 970 Harrington Ave NE, Renton WA.

From the Meaningful Movies Project: We are a group of concerned citizens in your neighborhood who are trying to make a difference in the defense of justice and pursuit of peace. We present social justice documentary films the last Friday night of every month, along with facilitated open community discussion on a wide range of topics, free and open to the public, with donations accepted to support Sustainable Renton. Our purpose is to gather, educate, inspire, connect, and commit to peace and justice

URBAN ROOTS is the next documentary from Tree Media. Produced by Leila Conners (The 11th Hour) and Mathew Schmid and directed by Mark MacInnis, the film follows the urban farming phenomenon in Detroit. Urban Roots is a timely, moving and inspiring film that speaks to a nation grappling with collapsed industrial towns and the need to forge a sustainable and prosperous future.

Sun + rain = lots of yummy veggies?!

Between all this warm, sunny weather and some rain, gardens are bursting w/ veggies right now. See the harvest of Kim, a gardener at the Sunset Community Garden.

The tomatoes, though, might not be faring so well. What do you do to keep your tomatoes from splitting and growing healthy with this sort of weather?

Fresh from the Sunset Community Garden

How is Your Garden Growing Potluck!

Sustainable Renton is hosting a potluck dinner event for you to gather up with fellow gardening residents of the Renton area.  We will eat and get to know one another while we share learning and success on our garden adventures.
 
This is a great way to learn from a friendly group and find out about other events in the area.  Questions?  Contact Michelle at michelle.salima@gmail.com or 425-518-9692 (text or voice).
 
Feel free to bring kids, we have an area for them to hang out.
 
Thursday, July 26, 6:30-8PM
970 Harrington Ave NE; Renton WA.

What’s growing in your garden?

We would love to share pictures from your garden here on our website. What are you growing this year? Any surprises? Any spectacular results from a new crop? Leafy lettuces, vibrant-colored strawberries, 7-foot tall pea vines-we want to see them!

Send us an email with the pic, or share them over on our Facebook page!

A surprise in our garden this year was the chamomile that was supposed to be carrots! Oops. Certainly a pretty accident. Now to figure out how to harvest and store them for tea.

Chamomile-*not* carrots!

Everything has a beginning…

Brainstorming.

This past Sunday, Sustainable Renton hosted a community meeting on the Big Idea of a community farm in Renton. We really just wanted to see what kind of support and interest there was in this idea to determine if it would have energy to move forward.

While we did not have a huge turnout, the 10 non-board members that came had lots of energy, enthusiasm, and ideas for this project. Everyone wanted to see it happen, and wanted to help to do so.

Some steps that we’ll be taking as we start this journey:

  • Building “test” gardens in the area as a way to exhibit different methods of designing gardens: raised beds, lasagna-style, wheelchair accesssible, etc. This would also serve to model for potential donors that we are commited to seeing this project happen.
  • Researching studies done on the positive health and lifestyle benefits of organic food and gardens. The information collected will be used as a tool to help the project gather support and donors.
  • Start an online forum for discussions around the community farm project. This will allow community members to come together to share ideas and visions for what the farm could look like.
  • Outreaching to other area farms and organizations for support and ideas on securing land, fundraising, and farming methodology.

The planning group would also like to see us outreach to the various ethnic communities in Renton to engage them in utilizing gardens and a farm to grow produce that is unique to their cultures.

Mmm…fresh produce.

We will be having more community meetings on this project in the future to continue to draw in more ideas, energy, and support.

Imagine it: a farm here in Renton where food could be grown and sourced to serve at local restaurants, to sell at the farmer’s market, where classes could provide education on healthy living for all ages, and a community space where families and organizations could gather for celebrations, for cooking classes, and more.

What an exciting project to be a part of. As this journey evolves, we’ll continue to share what’s happening here on our website and on Facebook.