A colorful partnership: Greens for the Red House

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Well, it is official. Sustainable Renton Community Farm is growing greens for one of the best restaurants in Renton, The Red House. The owner, Gene Sens, is an advocate for the slow food movement. His dedication to quality food has brought joy and happiness to Rentonites for decades. Along with being an advocate for good food, Gene is also an advocate for Renton and the local, small business owner.

A couple of years ago when Sustainable Renton first began, Gene asked us what we needed and we really didn’t know at that time. We had no idea then that we would be given this wonderful opportunity to have a community farm, but here we are, two years later with the most magnificent community garden and arm loads of bounty.

Gene and Frank Lucarelli, The Red House’s Chef, have been so gracious and wonderful working with us. We have made just three deliveries of Siberian Kale and Giant Red Leaf Mustard greens. So far, so good. When we made the delivery on Saturday morning one of the kitchen help said, with a big smile on his face, “I am really glad to see this.”  How happy could a gardener be hearing that their labor has made someone else happy? All gardeners are intimately aware of how beneficial and therapeutic it is to work in the garden, but when the harvest is benefiting the community too, all is well.

Thank you Gene, thank you Frank and thank you to everyone who has made the community farm a reality.

Our next move is a School garden, and we are looking into the possibility of a couple of goats. So exciting!

Any questions or comments please e-mail

Lara Randolph, Farm Manager larar35@comcast.net

Elizabeth Zwicker, Farm liaison linguisticnurse@gmail.com

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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?

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

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!

Mini Community Garden

This Mini garden is all of 3’x3′ at the unused end of our dead end street.  My neighbors (Ashley, 4 and Daisy, 8) and I  planted tomato, zuchini, and corn seeds last week.  Cleaning the weeds out of our space prior to planting could never be described as a work party.  There was too much distraction and exploration.  Look, I found an earthworm!.  Look, a roly poly!  What is this?   Why is that?

Once the seeds were in the ground, every few hours, inpatient eyes were looking for sprouts.  Children have a completely different experience of the passage of time.  Finally, knowing that radish seeds sprout much very quickly, I bought some.  Daisy and I planted them yesterday.  Until they sprout, Daisy and Ashley are being satisfied by watching the apple blossoms turn from buds to open flowers.

– Rebecca Alder

Mini Community Garden