Pallet Board Shed Success!

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WOW! I was absolutely amazed at how wonderful the Pallet Shed Building Workshop turned out. Not only do we have an amazing shed built out of Pallet Boards standing at the Farm site now, but everyone that attended the workshop chipped in to drive a screw, level a pallet, sturdy a ladder, or handle a skill saw.

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Steve and Kelvin Randolph (The Randolph Brothers aka Double Trouble) made it look fun and simple all at the same time. They did a great job fielding questions and giving answers that were simple and logical-it was a very user-friendly workshop filled with all the information anyone could need to build their own shed-complete with hands-on experience too!

This shed was made with 100% recycled and donated materials. We were able to secure donations thanks to Eric DeShaw, Clayton Stiles, Mana Kashay, Jim and Debbie Doty, Steve Randolph and Commercial Building Maintenance.

I am absolutely overwhelmed with the feeling of how necessary community is to a healthy and fulfilled life. With that comes a renewed passion for the efforts going into starting our community farm. There is such a beautiful reality emerging up here in the Renton Highlands and I am so grateful to be a part of it.

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Y’all ought to come up and take a look at how beautiful everything is here, also-we still have plots available! We are gearing up for some winter crop planting now so it’s never too late to get a plot and start the adventure of growing your own food. We have gardeners of all experience levels, there is plenty of help and information to be had so don’t be shy and come on by!

For more information please contact Lara Randolph at larar35@comcast.net or Sustainable Renton at sustainablerenton@gmail.com

Pallet Board Shed Workshop!

HEY FARMERS AND OTHER INTERESTED FOLK!

Sustainable Renton Community Farm is hosting a Pallet Board Shed building Workshop on Saturday, June 15th at 11 a.m. This engaging workshop will be held at the Farm property located just behind Celebration Church in the Renton Highland neighborhood at 11840 148th Ave. S.E.

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Come join us as seasoned carpenters, Clayton Stiles and Steve Randolph, walk us through the steps on how to build a functioning and CHEAP shed using mostly pallet boards. Bring your tool belts and come prepared for a hands-on experience.

You may want to pack a lunch as the workshop will go through the lunch hour-and remember to bring enough fluid to keep hydrated in case the weather is hot.

You can RSVP at the Facebook event page.

SEE YOU AT THE FARM!

Sustainable Renton Community Farm

Hello from Sustainable Renton Community Farm!

We have been busy up here in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood! CelebrationChurch has been kind enough to give us access to about 3 acres of land to start a community effort towards growing food.

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So, we have capitalized on the opportunity and we are off to an amazing start. We have 20 plots all sized 10’x 20’ with the plan of expanding the number of plots next season. What is different about our plots from other community gardens is that these plots are encouraged to be gardened year around with the same plot being assigned year after year. This concept lends itself to winter harvests which can be abundant here in the Pacific Northwest as well as perennial planting. There are only 3 plots left so if you or anyone you know might be interested in gardening here please let us know.

We are committed to organic practices and using only seeds from companies that have taken the Safe Seed Pledge.

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We are also interested in exploring a variety of growing practices. Besides individual gardeners and the various growing methods displayed within each plot, we also have some Hugelkultur beds displayed as well. There is a demonstration of how companion planting can be the wonderful equation of 1+1=3 in our popcorn field, with beans and squash being planted in the same bed. This combination is known in the gardening world as the three sisters. The primary goal is to give back to the soil as it gives to us. It is an amazing adventure to learn to listen to the earth and work with it rather than dominate it and force it to do what we want it to.

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If you are not interested in gardening but just want to come and get your hands dirty there is plenty of opportunity for that as well. We have planted 2 plots for the local REACH effort that has dedicated itself to feeding the hungry in our community every night of the week. They were so excited to hear that they will be receiving fresh produce from our farm.

Celebration Church has been a very gracious host and we are thankful for their giving spirit and their tireless dedication to helping our community.

Also, if you have any expertise that you would like to share with us and the community please contact us and we can put together a workshop for you.

If you would like to know more please contact:

Elizabeth Zwicker, Community Farm Liaison at linguisticnurse@gmail.com

Lara Randolph, Farm Manager at larar35@comcast.net

Chris Conkling, Sustainable Renton/President at sustainablerenton@gmail.com

We would love to have you.

A Renton Food Co-op

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Food.

All animals need it to survive and thrive. Seems simple enough: Find food. Eat food. Survive. Thrive.

Sure-you can eat just about anything and survive. Fast food, frozen processed TV dinners, energy drinks-you can certainly survive on all of them. But over time, it will take a toll on your body. The question is-what can you do to thrive? What choices can you make right here in Renton to do that? And-what can you do to not only nourish your body to thrive, but to help your community and planet thrive?

These are all concerns and questions that a local group of community members are exploring together. And the channel we are using to explore these questions is the idea of a local grocery co-op. Currently using the name Renton Food Co-op (although Renton Grocery Co-op is gaining favor), this group is gathering on a regular basis to create a vision of a local, sustainable, member-owned and operated grocery cooperative. We are inspired by other successful grassroots co-op models that already exist in the region, such as Olympia Food Co-op, Tacoma Food Co-op, and the under construction Delridge Grocery.

Why does Renton need a grocery co-op you ask? We already have a Grocery Outlet; Fred Meyer and Safeway have organic produce; Minkler’s has gluten-free products. True-but a locally owned, member operated grocery co-op provides something unique and special that can’t necessarily be found in those other businesses: an opportunity to nourish our community, the environment, and all people.

A grocery co-op would provide many benefits to Renton:

–          A space to find locally sourced, sustainable, organic food;

–          An opportunity to be a stakeholder in how the grocery co-op is run;

–          Create and provide new jobs;

–          A space to hold educational classes on cooking, making healthy food choices, sustainability, etc.;

–          A means to care for our environment by intentionally offering sustainable shopping choices;

–          and A space to build community connections and partnerships.

Our steering committee meets every few weeks, and is growing. But we want to see this idea engage the wider community and thrive. We encourage any interested parties to get in contact with us. There are many ways to get involved-some very simple, and some that are more in-depth.

We look forward to sharing more details about this project as it proceeds and develops in the near future.

If you would like to find out more or get involved, please contact us via email at sustainablerenton@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.

We need YOU!

Sustainable Renton is in a really great position at the moment, with a lot of momentum behind several projects

We have a successful monthly series of film screenings called Meaningful Movies-these are movies that challenge, educate, and enrich us.

Our community farm in NE Renton is really coming to life-seeds are being planted, pathways are being laid, a kid’s sandbox is in place. It is exciting to think of all the possibilities that lay ahead for this project.

And we now have a group working to develop a Renton Food Co-Op. This group sees the need for a local business that would be a focal community point highlighting local, organic, sustainable  food and products.

All of these projects require a lot of hard work from many people. Until now, a core group of individuals has been working diligently to get things rolling. But we are the point now where we need some further assistance in specific areas if we want to see the projects grow and thrive.

If you have experience in any of the following roles (or want to learn with us!), please contact us at sustainablerenton@gmail.com to find out more. Thank you for your support and encouragement. Together, we can achieve great things!

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Volunteer coordinator. This role would entail recruiting volunteers to help for either the community farm or food co-op projects. Experience with volunteer recruitment with non-profits is preferred, but not required.

Grant-writing coordinator. This role would involve researching possible grants for both the community farm and the food co-op, and then writing grant proposals to be reviewed by the Sustainable Renton board. Experience with grant-writing is highly beneficial, but not required.

Fundraising coordinator. This role would involve working with the Sustainable Renton board to develop fundraising sources to support our projects-these sources could include events, private donors, matching donation programs. Experience with fundraising is preferred, but not required.

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?