Thursday, April 30, 2009

West Seattle Edible Garden Fair 2009 - Presenting the Presenters!

Jennifer Adler, M.S., C.N. 
Jennifer Adler provides individual and family nutrition counseling at her private practice, Realize Health, and is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University.

Lacia Lynne Bailey
Lacia has been growing food since childhood 4H veggie sales and wants to translate what she learned on the farm to urban food for everyone, including renters! As the old saying goes, "You can take the girl out of the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl" With her life experiences and a degree in Environmental Engineering, Lacia looks at how the parts of the system work together to create the right abundance for you. Now that miniature dairy goats are legal in Seattle, she is also excited to share the possibilities of these delightful creatures to our home food supply.

Willi Galloway
Willi Galloway is the creator of the vegetable gardening and cooking blog DigginFood, a regular guest on the KUOW 94.9 gardening call-in show Greendays, and the West Coast Editor of Organic Gardening magazine.

Suzanne Greive
(no info available at this time)

Michael Lockman
Michael Lockman founded WE-design Inc. in 1995 to offer sustainable design and consultation services to local homeowners. His sustainability skills are hard at work every day, helping to improve the relationship between homeowners and the environment, one garden at a time. A freelance writer and former adjunct professor in Antioch University's Environment and Community program, Michael holds an M.A. in Ecological Design.

Laura Matter
Laura Matter is the Lead Environmental Educator on the Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline. She has been a practicing horticulturist for the past 30 years, and has a B.A. in Botany from the University of Washington. Laura has her own business providing landscape consultations and garden tutoring, specializing in native plantings, wildlife habitat and edible gardens. She has been one of the site coordinators of the Picardo Farm P-Patch for the past 5 years, and volunteered in public schools and community planting projects.

Sue McGann
Sue McGann is an avid food gardener and community activist. She is the farm manager at Marra Farm and in her spare time she works with Puget School Gardens Collective, Sustainable NE, and the urban farmers of SUSTNE, where she spreads the word on home food gardening.

Jason and Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby
Known together as The Shibaguyz, Shannon & Jason co-author the life-style blog "Here we go! Life with the Shibaguyz…" Shannon is a King County Master Gardener and Jason teaches classes in bread making and cooking with local, seasonal foods. Both are on the boards of Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle and the Longfellow Creek Community Garden as well as being site coordinators for the Longfellow Creek P-Patch. Together, they have launched their new business The Lazy Locavores as edible gardening coaches.

Steffany Neuschaefer
Steffany's business, Herbal Spirits, is designing residential landscapes with edibles, herbs and natives so others can grow and enjoy the many uses of these plants. Creating interactive gardens and landscapes has been a part of Steffany's pleasure since 1998. Sharing her passion for gardening is what she loves to do. Steffany's formal training includes a Landscape Design Degree from South Seattle Community College; a Certificate from the Master Gardener's Program; and studies in Herbalism from Sage Mountain Herbal Center.

Sandy Pederson
Sandy Pederson is the Proprietor of Urban Land Army, a local web-based business that teaches city people how to grow their own vegetables and supports community projects like Bucket Brigade, which turns unwanted pots and buckets into veggie container gardens.

Jayne Simmons
Jayne Simmons wants you to grow your own vegetables and make your own home remedies, and generally become more self sufficient. Jayne lives in West Seattle and owns Sister Sage Herbs, an herb farm and natural remedies company on Vashon Island, and Good Food Gardens, an edible landscape consultant, and urban mini farm installation and maintenance company in Seattle & on Vashon Island. She has been an avid gardener and cook for over 20 years, served on the Board of Directors for Seattle Tilth from 2002 until 2005, and helped to re-create The Longfellow Creek Community Garden in 2008.

Laila Suidan
Laila Suidan is a long-time lover of edible gardening who does consulting and landscaping through her business, Down to Earth Landscapes. She is also an environmental educator with the Garden Hotline at Seattle Tilth. She is a graduate of South Seattle Community College's Horticulture program, has a bachelor's degree in Zoology, and is a Certified Arborist.

Carey Thornton
Carey Thornton is focused on food. She is a Garden Educator for Seattle Tilth teaching folks how to grow organic vegetables and make their own compost in an urban environment. She also works for Food $ense, a program of the WSU Extension that teaches nutrition in low-income elementary schools in King County. Carey loves living in West Seattle and being a board member for Community Harvest. Her passion is empowering people to feed themselves well from seed to table- growing healthy food, cooking a fresh and simple meal, then sharing it with friends, family and neighbors.

Ingela Wanerstrand
Ingela Wanerstrand is a Certified Professional Horticulturist and Plant Amnesty Certified Pruner and has learned how to prune fruit trees from books and school but, mostly from several big, beautiful old trees that she has been restoring and pruning every year for 13 years now.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Poster for West Seattle Edible Garden Fair!

Jason has finished the poster and here it is!  TAADAA!!

Feel free to link to this page for the poster or press release to promote our event.  Also, if you would like to contact us for interviews about the events or for posters for your storefront, please contact us at the phone number listed or leave a note here in the comment section and we will be in touch with you ASAP.

Next up on the list of materials are postcards.  We will be supplying these to businesses and passing them out at events.  We should have those available by this weekend if you would like some for your business or booth at your event.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 23rd!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

West Seattle Edible Garden Fair - May 23, 2009

Here is the official press release for the West Seattle Edible Garden Fair:

West Seattle Edible Garden Fair:  Learn To Grow Your Own Groceries!

Date: Saturday, May 23, 2009

Time: 9:30AM – 4:00PM

Location: South Seattle Community College Landscape Horticulture Buildings, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA, 98106

Admission:  FREE!!

This dynamic day is packed full of five rooms of interactive workshops, gardening demonstrations, “Ask the expert” panel discussions and educational booths all designed to teach you how to grow your own groceries right outside your door!

Our goal is to empower people with the knowledge, skills and passion to grow your own groceries! Now, more than ever, it is important that we know where our food comes from.  Take control of your food safety and your family’s well being by growing your own economic stimulus plan!

Come learn from our line up of exciting speakers like Willi Galloway who will be presenting two of her most popular sessions: “Some Like It Hot  - Growing heat-loving vegetables in the Pacific NW” and “Growing For Good Taste”.  Jennifer Adler of Bastyr University presenting “The Magic of Preserving Foods” & “Tasty Ways to Prepare Northwest Greens.”

Other inspiring presentations and booths will feature Laila Suidan & Laura Matter from Seattle Tilth, Sue McGann - Marra Farms Coordinator, Sandy Pederson of Urban Land Army & Bucket Brigade, Michael Lockman, Ingela Wanerstrand, Steffany Neuschaefer, Carey Thornton, Suzanne Greive, Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, LongFellow Creek Community Garden, King County Master Gardeners, King County Master Composters, Sustainable West Seattle and Sustainability Gurus - The Lazy Locavores just to name a few.

Fresh Bistro, a new restaurant by Herban Feast, will be serving delicious soups and salads mede from locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients.  There will be door prizes, kids activities, cooking demonstrations and all the information you will need to start growing your own groceries!  From peas and greens to chickens and goats, you’re not going to want to miss this opportunity!

Whether it is your first time growing food or you are an experienced Victory Gardener, you will find something to motivate and inspire you.

This groundbreaking event is sponsored by Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle with a grant from the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and co-sponsored by the generous folks at South Seattle Community College Landscape Horticulture Program.

Want to get involved as a volunteer?  Does your local organization have something to offer in our booth spaces?  Please contact our event coordinator, Aviva Furman, at or you can call at 206-762-0604

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


This will be the future site of updates for the West Seattle Edible Gardens projects supported by Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle.  Right now, these projects include:

Grow Your Groceries! Edible Garden Fair, on May 23, 2009
(details to follow)

West Seattle Edible Garden Tour - date TBD

Watch this space for updates on our planning meetings and community projects.

If you would like to be involved in one of our projects, go to the Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle site or leave a comment here and we will get back to you as soon as possible.