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5th Annual Cider Fest This Sunday

October 2, 2015

You are all invited to our fifth annual Cider Fest this Sunday, noon to 3:00pm.poster for ruth_2015_letter1

Our event coincides with a tour of public orchards put on by CityFruit. We are one of 16 public orchard sites on the CityFruit tour. We will see orchard tour visitors between noon and 4:00pm, all trying to get their bingo cards filled in!

Help us celebrate our shed remodel, cistern installation, and a crushed rock path addition, all funded by a matching Grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Enjoy free pressed cider.
Donations are welcome if you are interested in homemade items or pie slices!

Freeway Estates Community Orchard
5th Annual Cider Fest
Sunday, October 4, 2015, from noon to 3:00 pm (CityFruit orchard tour continues to 4:00pm).
6th Ave NE, just two blocks south of NE 65th St


Ready To Plow Ahead

November 14, 2014

Jump on the sled and slide down an exciting path of learning, sharing, building and beautifying. We have entered apple tasting DSC_0726our construction phase! (View the final project design on the Library Page to see what’s coming your way.)

We now have everything we need:

A lease from WSDOT, giving us a lot of freedom to take good care of this property.
A contract with the Department of Neighborhoods for a $43,000 infrastructure grant.
A wonderful group of supporters, committed to the dollar for dollar required match of $43,000!
Support will be cash and in-kind donations, volunteer hours, and donated professional services.

If you can lend even an hour of your time, you can join the effort. We need more than just physical labor. Below are items that need attention. Let us know if you can help.

Work with Dunn Lumber on a discount for lumber and other materials.
Check our math for the lumber dimensions needed for the shed roof.musicians DSC_0823
Scrape off grass where the rainwater cisterns will rest.
Keep you eye out for items we need – from Craig’s list, buynothing, freecycle, etc.
Post our progress and events on social media.
Review our volunteer and neighbor safety procedures.
(Volunteers are covered for medical by the City of Seattle.)
Be an environmental cop and review our materials purchases.
Audit our processes and communications. Are we welcoming to all neighbors and volunteers?
Shop for prices on materials like geotech fabric and crushed rock.
Build small embankments for a couple of slopes along the path route.
Offer to coordinate food for volunteers at major work parties.
Reduce our tool rental cost by lending a gas-powered chainsaw, auger, sod-cutter, nail gun, cordless drill, standing ladder.
Allow us to put things in your garage temporarily while we work.

Work parties are 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of each month.

Buy gifts for donors and volunteers.
Write thank-you cards.
Supply us with brick, concrete block, concrete rubble (less 4″ thick), and pavers.
(Please don’t dump materials without first making contact to make sure we need them!)
Post volunteer time to the City Webgrants website.141018 Vince & Emily 14949140543_bd35e1d65e_o
Perform a weekly functionality check of our website.
Meet a delivery vehicle at the orchard during the day.
Coordinate tool and equipment rental with a supplier.
Measure and lay out flexible piping for water distribution.
Install spigots.
Lend a hand with regular orchard maintenance during construction.
Find a group of volunteers from a workplace, church or United Way for major work parties.
Write one of the monthly blog posts.
Make necessary signs during construction.
Consider joining the steering committee or the advisory committee!
Advise us on sources for plants and buy for us at plant sales.

Items and skills needed will be listed on the Get Involved page of our website. If you can help, you can email us or send a message directly from that page.

We appreciate your willingness to make the most of our proximity to the freeway!

A mighty congratulations to all of the volunteers, especially Ingela, for pulling off a great Cider Fest last month. We have two new volunteers! Check out the wonderful U-Tube video made by Greg M.


An extra minute can mean a lot

July 3, 2014

Many thanks to Greg Meyer who spotted a shed for sale (see photo). Greg took an extra minute to 140414 Meyer Shed CAM01087write down the pertinent details and forward them to us. When the owner, Andy Farr, found out that it was for a community orchard, he donated the shed!

With the generous services and direction from Craig, we had the shed moved to the orchard and reconstructed within four hours. Thanks to Renee, who took an extra minute to find us a strong young volunteer, we had enough muscle power between Fernando, Tracy, Craig, Andy, assembly WP_20140523_001 smJustin, and Nancy.

Craig also took an extra minute at Aurora Rents to explain why he rented a compressor. Aurora Rents waived the rental charge!

We are so happy we don’t have to haul cardboard and burlap between our houses and the orchard. We hope to get funding to rebuild the roof this fall. The result will be more standing headroom, light and ventilation, a larger roof to support water catchment and to shield our communications board from weather.

Sun, Jul 20, 2-4pm, Work Party & Grill
Bring a favorite veggie.
Tue, Aug 5, 6-9pm, Night Out
Bring a chair. It’s a potluck.
Sun, Aug 10, 3pm, Qi Gong
Free. No experience required.

Where will that funding come from? We are still keeping our fingers crossed for another Seattle Neighborhood Matching Fund grant. Our grant application was first reviewed in detail. Then, in June, Nancy and Michelle did a wonderful job putting together a display of our project and pleaded our case in front of 30 or so members of the Citywide Review Team.

There are now three more tough hoops to jump through, including a review by Mayor Murray. If we make it all the way through the City Council vote, we should hear by the first week in August whether we would have funding to bring water to the site, add a path, rebuild the shed and build garden beds.

Meanwhile, we are starting to harvest!

Several volunteers are having the breakfast of champions, adding honeyberry, five types of strawberries and now blueberries on their 140527 berries cereal DSCN0820cereal this year (see photo.) Two varieties of strawberries are day neutral and we should enjoy them the rest of the summer.

Day neutral does not mean the berries don’t care what day it is. Different plants flower depending on the daily length of uninterrupted darkness.

Plants are classified into three categories: short-day (long-night), long-day (short-night), or day-neutral, depending on their response to the duration of light or darkness.

Short-day plants form flowers only when day length is less than about 12 hours. In contrast, long-day plants form flowers only when day length exceeds 12 hours.

Day neutral plants form flowers regardless of day length. Examples are tomato, corn, cucumber, and some strawberry cultivars – such as our Aromas and Seascape. http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS132E/FS132E.pdf

We also have fall bearing raspberries, Tulameen and Heritage, in addition to the June bearing Willamette.

Finally, best of all, look for a few apples this fall!