Sustainable Renton works to share information and resources with those who live and work in Renton, so they can more easily connect with sustainable opportunities in our community.
Current/Ongoing Projects & Activities:
We have found a new venue at Renton’s Liberty Cafe. We offer monthly documentary films followed by invigorating discussions. Previous films screened include: Consume This Movie, How to Boil a Frog, In Transition 2.0, and Urban Roots.
This is our seasonal lecture series featuring local experts on topics related to sustainability. We generally aim to host at least 3-4 talks per year. Past talks have covered topics such as Rainwater harvesting/cisterns; Seed-starting; Why community gardens?; and composting.
Our lectures are always free to the public and appropriate for all ages. They generally are held at Red House restaurant.
Community Garden Network:
Our most vibrant project so far is the community farm located in the East Renton Highlands neighborhood on the property of Celebration Church. We have successfully operated there since Spring of 2013.
A major goal of our organization is to see the expansion of community gardens in Renton. The more access that more people have to grow their own food, the healthier our community and environment will be. We work to provide resources and education for existing and developing community gardens.
We were able to work with a Seattle University intern in 2011, who helped us support a new community garden in the Sunset neighborhood. The Sunset Community Garden is a vibrant, beautiful garden. You can visit their website to find out more about them.
We currently are seeking to work with local churches and the City of Renton to support the development of new gardens around our community.
Little Mountain Garden
The Little Mountain Garden is located on Seattle City Light property next to City View Church in the Earlington Hill Neighborhood. This project is in the early stages and we are developing a vision and plan for what the garden will look like and the components that are going to be involved. For more information on how to get involved contact Rhoda Green at firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Projects, Talks & Activities:
This is our annual fundraiser held at the farm every year. In the past we have had speakers that talked about cooperatives, the grassroots movement of the Renton Food Co-Op and what to do with all of that chard! We hosted a barter fair, a silent auction, a small petting zoo, cider press and a stone soup luncheon.
How to plant a p-patch using Permaculture Design:
This workshop was led by Laura Sweany, local permaculturist and all around maven of everything green. This provided gardeners with the knowledge to use sustainable gardening techniques that enrich the soil rather than deplete it.
Garden Planning with the Urban Food Warrior:
Caitlin Moore has conducted many workshops with Sustainable Renton over the years. This is one of her most popular workshops. She has also done Seed Saving workshops and has started her own see company out of Olympia, Wa. you can visit her site here: http://www.urbanfoodwarrior.com
Rummage Sale Fundraiser:
In the Fall of 2011, we collected unwanted goods from community members, and held a two-weekend long rummage sale as a fundraiser for our organization. It was a great way for us to gain exposure, and to raise funds.
Led by Sustainable Renton board member Lara Randolph, the “Urban Food Warrior” Caitlin Moore, and King County Master Gardener Barb Mandic, attendees were treated to expertise on how to successfully get seeds started, and the methods to do so. Everyone took home starts, and door prizes were given away.
City of Renton-Food Systems & Sustainability:
We led a Call to Action to support the City of Renton’s Planning Commission Docket Item #68. This docket item was address a sustainable local food system, including bees, chickens, gardens, grocery stores. The Call to Action successfully involved community members to write the commission and to attend their meeting. The docket item was successfully passed.
Rainwater Harvesting & Cisterns:
Led by Nikola Davidson, owner of Earth Systems NW. Ms. Davidson shared information on how to collect rainwater in cisterns and other devices to use in your garden and home.