Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands
With your help, Seattle will have a new park where a diverse community can grow nutritious, affordable food and learn sustainable farming practices.
The Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) consists of ten acres in the Rainier Beach neighborhood, one of the most diverse zip codes in the country. The City of Seattle owns the land, formerly used as a plant nursery, and leases the 8-acre site to Seattle Tilth and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (“Friends”). In just a few years, Rainier Beach Urban Farm has begun transforming the neighborhood through organic urban farming, cooking and nutrition programs, green jobs training and wetlands restoration—while connecting two lakefront parks (Be’er Sheva to the south and Pritchard Beach to the north) to create a single 15-acre public gathering place.
Since Seattle Tilth began managing the site in 2010, Rainier Beach Urban Farm has produced thousands of pounds of produce, much of it distributed to low-income households; delivered more than 5,000 meals from the farm kitchen to community members; and provided more than 17,000 hours of training and education to local residents, from young schoolchildren to seniors.
The vision for the farm is to further improve the site so it will become a self-sustaining model of organic urban farming. With the addition of the facilities called for in the site schematic plan, the farm will be able to produce more than 20,000 pounds of fresh, nutritious food annually while providing people with a place to learn practical job skills and form lasting relationships with their neighbors. The project is well on its way to becoming a demonstration of organic and sustainable best practices that might be applied to other urban open spaces.
Seattle Parks Foundation is proud to be the newest project partner, leading the campaign to raise the $1.35 million needed to improve the greenhouses; build new classroom space, cold storage, wash stations, and other facilities needed to realize the vision of a multi-faceted urban agriculture education center where all of the neighborhood’s children and adults can embrace nutritious eating, healthy food, and the natural environment.
The project is slated to break ground in September 2014, and will be complete by March 2015.
For more information about the capital campaign, contact Becca Aue at 206.332.9900 x12. For information on programming and activities at the farm, visit Seattle Tilth online, or contact Farm Manager Katie Penke at 206.760.0500.
Learn more about Seattle Tilth>
Check out the farm’s schematic design plan>
Read our Spring 2013 newsletter article on RBUFW>
Read “Kids in Rainier Beach dig into city farming” on Crosscut.com>
Read “A city farm takes root in Rainier Beach” in the Seattle Times>
Read “On the Urban Farm” in Seattle Magazine>