Category Archives: Growing & Giving in the Community

Tomatoes are a challenge in the PNW — we’ll provide starts, you grow them

SGGN will have tomato starts ready for the giving gardens, kitchen gardens, and food banks approximately mid-May, 2018. Despite the cold April weather, we have lots of starts, and lots of varieties including slicers (beefsteak, Money Maker, Siletz) cherry tomatoes: (red and yellow) paste and pasta varieties (San Marzano varieties).

For those who’d like some tutoring before taking on the responsibility for new tomato starts, here’s one class:
Growing Vegetables including Tomatoes, Sunday, April 22nd – 10:00 am – 11:00 am at Magnolia Garden Center. In this class, owner Chuck Flaharty will go over planting and fertilizing vegetables with a special emphasis on Tomato growing in our area, including best practices for success and the best varieties to choose for the best harvest.

If you’re planning on attending the Center would like an RSVP to:

Magnolia Garden Center
3213 W Smith St, Seattle, Washington 98199
(206) 284-1161

The “New Normal…

Today’s Seattle Times had an interesting article by Janet I. Tu, “‘New normal’ Food banks much busier, despite better economy” that talks about the increasing number of visits to local food banks. While a lot of people think the economy has mostly recovered during last few years, this article provides some alarming statistics including: “In the Seattle area, some food banks are getting more visits now than they did during the recession. At the 27 food pantries in the Seattle Food Committee coalition, the number of visits (including delivery of food to homes) went up from 928,656 in 2007 to 1.1 million in 2009 and to nearly 1.4 million last year.”

This article also highlighted the story of a local food bank client and interviewed Sam Osborne, executive director at the Rainier Valley Food Bank. At our recent Giving Gardeners’ Gathering, we were fortunate to have Sam talk to us about this growing need for donations to food bank and how much our efforts have been appreciated.

Read the the Seattle Time‘s article at ‘New normal’ Food banks much busier, despite better economy.

I imagine that there are many reasons our gardeners are motivated to grow produce for local food banks and it would be great to hear what inspires our gardeners.