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New Tools for Food Services & Restaurants to Reduce Food Waste

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. And Rethink! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a free new resource to reduce food and packaging waste. Because wasted food means wasted money, along with significant environmental and social impacts, the Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging Toolkit helps restaurants, grocers, caterers, and other commercial kitchens reduce food… [ Keep reading ]

‘Grow Your Park’ grant will help low-income families grow fresh produce

[Reposted from Parkways blog.] Seattle Parks and Recreation has been selected as a “Grow Your Park” grant recipient from the Darden Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Seattle Parks was one of 15 communities awarded this grant in 2014. The grant amount is $10,000. Environmental Stewardship Coordinator… [ Keep reading ]

Shop at Local Farm Stands, Support Low-Income Gardeners

The High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands open this week offering fresh organic produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens. Grown by low-income gardeners, the produce that is fresh right now is spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes, to name a few. The farm stands’… [ Keep reading ]

Free Kitchen Compost Collectors

Seattle Public Utilities is giving away kitchen compost containers for free all summer long. Seattle residents that pledge to compost and recycle will receive a pail to help store and carry your leftover food scraps to your food and yard waste cart. Thes containers help keep your kitchen clean and… [ Keep reading ]

King County Executive Launches Local Food Economy Initiative

King County’s new Local Food Economy Initiative brings together farmers, restaurateurs, grocers and distributors to increase healthy, locally grown food in our region. The initiative aims to increase production and consumption of locally grown food and reduce inequities in healthy food access. Currently, of the nearly $6 billion residents spend… [ Keep reading ]

Let’s Get Cookin’ Program to Engage Kids this Summer

[Repost from 6/16/14 School’s Out Washington press release.] The Let’s Get Cookin’ Project in Seattle will expose children from low-income backgrounds to the skills and knowledge needed to prepare healthy meals and make healthy lifestyle choices. This summer, children and youth in six summer programs will have the opportunity to participate… [ Keep reading ]

Live in an apartment? Grow food with Seattle Tilth!

Enjoy free classes on composting and container gardening at downtown parks this summer This summer, Seattle Tilth will teach apartment and condominium dwellers how to grow salad greens, herbs and vegetables in containers and how to compost food waste indoors or on balconies or patios. Great for beginning and experienced… [ Keep reading ]

Video Contest: Your Best Gardening Tips by 6/13

You’re an Expert ~ Share Your Tips! Know great ways to save water? Are you a tomato-growing wizard? This is your chance to share your best gardening tips in a short video to win prizes and help your fellow gardeners! Visit for more information, including prize categories. Videos should not… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle releases progress report of key environmental goals

  Seattle Mayor Ed Murray today released Moving the Needle, an environmental progress report that pulls together Seattle’s key environmental goals and reports on their progress and achievements. “Seattle has been an environmental leader for years, with many laudable environmental goals throughout the city’s offices and departments. Until now, these have all… [ Keep reading ]

Edible Garden Series – Seattle Public Library

Starting in April and continuing into May the Seattle Public Library will be holding a series of classes on urban gardening, composting and beekeeping. Kickoff is April 5. The library is partnering with a host of community organizations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to hold the series, which… [ Keep reading ]