Monthly Archives: August 2013

“It Feels Like No One Is Telling You What To Do”

August 21, 2013

A resident from Willis House (nearby senior housing) walked into the orchard Saturday. She strolled slowly and deliberately, gazing ahead, then to one side, then the other.

She told me she had Sunday music commitments and would not be able to attend the Sunday design input meeting. I took the opportunity to solicit design input and asked her what she thought.

“It feels free.” She took a long pause between sentences. “You can use your imagination for how you want to use this space.” I stood patiently. She turned her head toward me. “No one is telling you what to do.”

In fact, the space currently is unstructured: long grass in places, green and brown colors except for a few flowers, no defined walking paths, and open site lines from south to north. Her observations are well taken.

Sunday’s design meeting was a smashing success: quality design input from 38 people, exquisite justin table 9558364055_2125d3489b_o smsandwiches, no injuries (except I smashed Max’s finger during canopy setup) and only a small handful of garbage.

Sunday, Sept 8 Work Party August 10, 2-4 pm. 2-4pm – Weeding!

We also have nine new volunteers including a nurse willing to make a first aid kit, a jewelry designer offering product, a ukulele player ready to entertain, and a point person for ornamental plant procurement.

Children faces were smeared with Seed Ball081813 colored bumbles Fujitsu mud, berries and Mighty-O donuts. They also colored native bumble bees.

A truck from Channel 13 arrived midway through the cutting and pasting. The photographer was following the trail from the King-5 visit earlier in the week (article link).

Next step? On Saturday, September 28, 10:00am – noon, you can review three designs from our landscape architect team. Everyone is welcome and there is a special drawing for those who come to all three meetings! You can still provide input to the survey on the Get Involved Page.

Have Some Pride!

August 9, 2013

Here she is, our first apple. Gorgeous. Our two-year old Williams’ Pride produced 14 apples. This 080613 Wm Pride 672apple is highly thought of for good flavor – especially for an early ripening apple – and its ability to remain crisp and delicious for at least six weeks after harvest. William’s Pride was developed by PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op) in 1987 and is mainly used for fresh eating. It is resistant to apple scab and somewhat resistant to other apple diseases. (see WSU Fruit Tree Growing Guide in the Library.)

Work Party this Sunday August 10, 2-4 pm. Please bring newspapers and a sidewalk edger if you have one.

Also have some Pride in the successful Seattle Night Out at the Orchard Tuesday evening. Neighbors added their street food & flags & people IMG_1595name to their name tag so they could quickly identify their nearest neighbors. Over 50 youth and adults stopped by, including families from NE 59th, NE 60th, 4th Ave NE and 5th Ave NE, in addition to our 6th Ave NE neighbors. The food was fantastic and zucchini was the theme. Melody swore there was zucchini in the brownies but the taste of chocolate clearly won out.

And, drum roll, take some Pride in the culmination of well over one hundred volunteer hours. The day has arrived! Our upcoming Public Design Meeting will be Sunday August 18, from 2-4pm. Here is the chance for the neighborhood to meet and offer design input to our Landscape Architect and Permaculture expert. There are door prizes and food and children’s activities. Build up your creativity this week and let it explode during this fun event. Please join us!

Ruth