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Join Seattle Tilth and Seattle Parks Foundation at “Healthy Water, Healthy Food” Community Event on May 18

Be Water Smart!

Apr 24, 2013

Would you help keep Lake Washington and Puget Sound healthy if you could? Guess what, you can! Join Seattle Tilth for our “Healthy Water, Healthy Food” community event. It’s on Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (5513 S. Cloverdale Street, Seattle).

“Healthy Water, Healthy Food” is a family friendly educational event and volunteer work party teaching people about the natural wetland area and helping to restore it. The public is invited to participate in water education games and activities at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands (RBUFW), a new community farm and education center. Visitors can learn how to be “water-smart” in their everyday actions – at home, in their yards, with their pets and cars. Participants will have the opportunity to dig in and get their hands dirty, helping improve the wetland habitat. Volunteers will be spreading mulch and remove invasive plants. Snacks and tools will be provided, and families and groups are welcome.Three Kids at RBUFW

RBUFW is one of Southeast Seattle’s hidden treasures with six acres of wetland habitat, including 300 feet of Lake Washington shoreline. Over the next several years Seattle Tilth is restoring four acres overrun by non-native species with the support of community volunteers. The restored wetland buffer will improve stormwater management and enhance the habitat for aquatic plants and animals, creating a healthier and more sustainable urban ecosystem. The rest of the site is dedicated to growing food organically and organic food education programs for the community.

Seattle Tilth’s Water Smart program educates residents of Seattle’s most ethnically diverse neighborhood about water conservation. Through the program, up to 1,000 residents will be provided with the knowledge, skills and resources to decrease stormwater runoff and non-point pollution.

Join the “Healthy Water, Healthy Food” event on Facebook – we look forward to seeing you on Saturday, May 18!

Funding for this project is provided through the King Conservation District, The Russell Family Foundation and the Rose Foundation.

About Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
RBUFW was formerly a Seattle Parks nursery. The City of Seattle contracted with Seattle Tilth and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands in 2011 to coordinate the transformation of the site into a community education center that supports a natural wetlands and organic food production. At RBUFW in 2012, Seattle Tilth involved 500 volunteers and offered more than 17,000 hours of educational programs reaching 3,500 community members and grew 4,000 pounds of food that was distributed to the community.

About Seattle Tilth
Founded in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized nonprofit educational organization that inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They offer classes and hands-on training in sustainable urban agriculture and environmental stewardship for all ages.

About Seattle Parks Foundation
Seattle Parks Foundation improves, expands, and connects parks, trails and green spaces, building a more vibrant community. Since 2001 they have completed almost 50 park improvement projects, secured $32 million in private funds to support park projects around the city, and advocated for nearly $20 million in public funding for Seattle’s urban parklands.

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