Volunteering with Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link 2016
On a sunny summer Saturday morning in July, eleven WPIG ladies donned garden gloves to work in Solid Ground’s Lettuce Link program at the Seattle Community Farm in Rainier Valley. Some members previously volunteered at the Seattle Community Farm in April 2015 and raved about their experience. With a few veterans and many new members, we were excited to serve this great organization again by getting down and dirty with some weeding and planting.
Before our work party started, we learned more about Solid Ground’s programming to support its mission to undo root causes of poverty, including racism and other oppressions and injustices. Solid Ground fights for racial and social justice through programming such as housing stability, racial/social/economic justice advocacy, transportation assistance, hunger and nutrition assistance and education, and more. The Lettuce Link program manages two farms in Seattle, Seattle Community Farm and Marra Farms. In addition to providing a vital and unique source of nutritious, fresh produce to local food banks, these farms also provide work trade programs for free vegetables, gardening resources, including free seeds, and educational programs for healthy gardens and cooking.
WPIG members were impressed to learn that the daily harvest at Seattle Community Farm for the Rainier Valley Food Bank averages about 100-150 lbs of fresh produce. This amount only lasts about half a day at the Rainier Valley Food bank, which serves 400 families per day.
During our volunteer experience, we were able to clear several rows of old growth for new seeds, planting multiple rows of beans. Another team worked on clearing weeds throughout the 1/2 acre plot of land, in addition to replanting and spacing out collards appropriately for a bountiful harvest. Some members found it hard to leave at the end of the day with so much more valuable work to be done! A big thank you for the staff at Solid Ground for hosting a fun and informative volunteer experience.
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