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Growing Trend

By Aaron Burkhalter
Real Change

Aaron Burkhalter of Real Change visits Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands.

Covering 7 1/2 acres, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands grows food and sustainable environments side-by-side

Hidden behind the single-family homes lining South Cloverdale Street, and amid the tall trees of Beer Sheva Park, is an urban farm owned by the city of Seattle and operated by community members with support from Seattle Tilth, an agriculture and environmental nonprofit.

On a recent Friday afternoon, the small farm and wetlands was populated with more than a dozen East African elders who were working on the wetlands surrounding the small farming space. A few carted wheelbarrows full of mulch around the property, while volunteers and staff directed a wetlands restoration project...

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