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Saturday, Sept 28 – Architectural/Permaculture Hoedown

September 25, 2013

All are encouraged to come and help review three designs from our architecture/permaculture team. The designs are based on input from the community, WSDOT and SDOT. See insert.

Sat Sept 28, 10-noon, Public Design Review Lunch will be served.
Rain, no shine
Door Prizes, Hot Coffee
Sun Oct 13, 2-4 Work Party.
Sat Oct 19, 2-5 Annual Cider Fest

We need your help to improve the orchard space. Let us know if you can help with setup or take down. We will be ready for rain. We will have hot coffee and canopy cover!

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A hearty thanks to the volunteers who participated in our very profitable September 8th work party: Justin, Nancy M, Ryan, Sarah Lynn, Sue, Joan, Kristan, and Greg. What an accomplishment.

We can use your help

Now is a good time to check-in about what we need to build upon our recent successes.
Below are some tasks that no one has spoken for. Perhaps you could help us out.

Large Commitments – estimated 40 hours per year or 40 hours per project

Chair the Event Management Committee
Become our Volunteer Coordinator
Write a construction phase grant application- Jan-Feb 2014

Medium Commitments – estimated 20 hours per year or 20 hours per project

Work on applications for acquiring an intern for the 2014 orchard construction phase
Find a designer/contractor who would help us design a shed from recycled materials
Solicit student volunteers from Roosevelt High School
Establish an orchard food-sharing policy
Make an assessment of the benefits to becoming a P-Patch

Small Commitments – estimated 8 hours per year or 8 hours per project

Adopt a tree guild and propose permaculture plantings
Test the website once a week
Study our recent soil sample results and give a summary related to probable future plantings
Check in on the orchard by walking through it once per week
Make reusable event signage from sewn outdoor fabric
Cook treats for workers – expenses are reimbursed
Devise a safety plan for the orchard
Get a free county online food handling permit and review our food handling procedures

We are building great team

We are so thankful for our current volunteers who are committed to the future of the orchard:
Melany V, Nancy H, Ryan R, Sue H, Sue Ellen W, Justin H, Melody D, Dana S, Joan D, Lisa P, Kimberly C, Max M, Michelle P, Jennifer K, Mylinda S, Pam E, Ingela W, Nancy M, Renee J, Dean W, Greg M, Kurt L


Day of Dragonflies

July 7, 2013

Today, I was thigh deep in Green Lake, helping Friends of Green Lake (FOGL) haul Eurasian Watermilfoil out of the water. (Eurasian milfoil is an invasive non-native plant.)

Dragonflies were everywhere and some were quite large, though not as big as this one pictured Dragonflieshere from Butchart Gardens. (Possible sound wall art?) The dragonflies were landing on the mat of milfoil, downed tree branches and blue-green algae. I was removing some of their perch. Speaking of perch, I freed one fish that was tangled in both milfoil and knotted fish line – yet another reason for milfoil removal.

Watermilfoil is excellent compost (http://www.apms.org/japm/vol16/v16p24.pdf) so Nancy took five bike trailer loads to the orchard. The material will work well under the cardboard, especially since leaves are scarce at this time of year. I spoke with several people who were walking the lake and one man said that milfoil washes up to the upper east corner of Lake Washington, near where he lives. He said he has hauled milfoil to his garden and he noted that it took about a year to break down.

Save The Dates
1st Public design meeting Aug 18. 2nd meeting Sep 28 – Both at the Orchard.

Today at the lake, I also heard a loud commanding boot camp instructor. Hmm… I said to myself, I know a good boot camp class that is free: our next sheet mulch party, Sunday, July 14, 2-4 pm! (All are welcome and only one job requires brute strength.)

Other important news: Thanks to the hiring committee of Justin, Nancy and Pam, we hired Barker & Associates as our Landscape Architects (LA) for the upcoming Orchard community design process. Jackie Cramer will be on the team as the permaculture expert.

We can sure use more helpers, especially for Nancy, who is in charge of hosting the three public meetings at which the community design process will unfold. Please give us a call or send an email. Also, keep your eye on the calendar page of this website.

Thank you to Aaron for designing our brochure and 062113 Aaron's Heart smadopting Alex’s three tree circles (photo at right). Thank you to Melany for providing professional signs for the trees! Thank you to Justin, Nancy, Joan, Jennifer & Marcus, Max and Dana for their excellent sheet mulching Sunday, June 30.

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Finally, there is interest in hosting Seattle Night Out (Against Crime), at the Orchard, Tuesday evening August 6. We love the idea but many of us are busy with the Neighborhood Matching Grant responsibilities. Please speak up if you are willing to help coordinate. A volunteer who will organize entertainment has already stepped forward.