Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Urban Farm Tour! A few tour day logistics:
- Please finish all site visits by 3pm.
- Tag us @seattlefarmschool in your Instagram photos for a chance to win a free class.
- All tour goers can take advantage of early access to our Fall class schedule, so register today!
1) Dakota Homestead - The Beneficiary of the Urban Farm Tour | 5000 SW Dakota St
This community-based project to save a 9,000 square foot parcel of land from development is the beneficiary of our tour. Be sure to stop by, meet the volunteer crew working to save the land, and learn all about the project! Not only is it across the street from Seattle’s largest elementary school, but there are many mature trees. The goal of this community project is to create a garden and nature-based center for urban agriculture, environmental education, and inspiration on the property. The Urban Homestead Foundation is fundraising to purchase the land and recently was awarded a matching grant of $281,000 from King County Conservation Futures! A portion of your ticket cost goes directly towards this matching fund to help secure a place for generations of Seattleites to learn about growing food in the city. Their big fundraiser dinner is happening September 16th on the Dakota Homestead property with a live band, cornhole and outdoor games, full dinner and lots of fun! Get your ticket and learn more.
2) Terraganics Living | 4056 49th Ave SW
Fruit, veggies, solar power and chickens - Krista's homestead is striving for self-sufficiency on a 6,000 square foot city lot. Krista manages it all while raising two young kids and running her own edible gardening business, Terraganics Living. You will find 220 square feet of raised beds with simple but effective drip systems. You can check out her no water edible garden as well. She has a small "orchard" of 8 fruit trees, a raspberry patch, strawberries, blueberries and many more fruits in pots! A few fun things you may not see at other stops are sweet potatoes, cinnamon vine, oca, asparagus, walking onions, lovage and more! Don't know what some of these edibles are? Come by and find out! Once her garden is planted the majority of her garden time is spent harvesting or succession planting! Her motto is "Edible Gardening Made Simple." The Master Gardeners will also have a tent at this location to answer your questions and diagnose garden problems.
3) The Quick and Easy Garden | 4111 47th Ave SW
This garden is planted and maintained by a busy mom of young twins who is also a full-time doctor, so it’s all about efficiency and ease! Come see how she does it, with loads of fruit bearing plants (raspberries, strawberries, European and Asian pears, apple trees, cherries, blueberries, plums), easy veggies (spinach, peas, squash, carrots, kale, potatoes, onions, garlic, chives) and assorted herbs and flowers. A house remodel completed last summer allowed this gardener to build in a custom grape arbor attached to the house, and she anticipates a tableful of grapes this Fall. Also ask her about her new irrigation system and how it’s made everything 100% more productive!
4) Seaview Oasis | 4819 49th Ave SW
There are so many highlights at the woodland home of long-time Beacon Food Forest volunteer, Kimberly Leeper, and Herons Forever Executive Director, Suzanne Krom. It's hard to list all of the noteworthy elements! Come see loads of plants for pollinators, great ideas for how to incorporate woody debris into the landscape, and learn about fruit tree guilds and why they matter. Containers are used for growing veggies to maximize the small amount of summer sun on site. And there's a keyhole bed which offers more planting space than a traditional raised bed because of its increased surface area for planting. Check out the perennial edibles that come back year after year including rhubarb, tree kale, sea kale, artichoke, cardoon, and lovage. And last but not least… are you an aspiring mushroom grower? Join us at this site to learn how to inoculate logs with fungi to grow oyster mushrooms. Learn more about the permaculture landscape business that Kimberly co-owns and runs from home.
5) Seattle Farm School Garden (North Check-in Point) | 5011 47th Ave SW
Do you follow @seattlefarmschool on Instagram? Come meet Seattle Farm School's Director and see her garden, where all of those social media photos come from. Explore the 150 square feet of raised beds for annual veggies, plus front yard strawberries (which yielded over 30 pounds this year!), blueberries, and raspberries. Check out columnar apple trees, a 3-way cherry tree, and an almond tree that actually produces nuts in Seattle! We started with a boring rectangular plot of grass and are converting it grow as much food as possible. You might also be interested in the solar panels on the roof that generate enough electricity for the whole home. Our Fall class line-up is available now - join us to learn more about gardening, or a new skill like foraging, sourdough bread baking, or knitting!
6) Happy Bottom Cat Ranch | 5422 46th Ave SW
This 300-square foot garden produced 280 pounds of food in 2016! When this couple purchased their house in 1993, the backyard was a big, flat square of grass surrounded by a chain link fence. Now it serves as a source of fresh food and cooking herbs, a flower source for honeybees and other pollinators, and a green space for sitting and relaxing in the evenings. Come check out the honeybee hive and the water catchment system that captures 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of rain we get! Just like the garden, it has evolved over time and now consists of 1,800 square feet of roof surface that diverts rainwater to 5 different types of water pumps, 13 valves, and 2,100 gallons of storage spread across 7 tanks! That’s an impressive rainwater catchment system!
7) West Seattle Bee Garden | 3108 SW Graham St
Enter on the corner of 31st St SW and SW Graham. Look for the big yellow habitat structure as you approach!
The West Seattle Bee Garden is a community outreach garden adjacent to the Highpoint P-patch. They host interactive tours about the importance of pollinators, specifically bees, to various community groups. From the Red Hat Society to preschoolers, they teach everyone how they can help support bees in our environment, how to act safely around bees, and why they are so integral to our food chain/environment. The grounds are covered with various fauna and foliage specifically designed to support pollinator habitats as well as providing food for pollinators throughout the growing season. Come check out the 4 active honey bee hives in their habitat enclosure, including a frame from one of the hives so you can see inside. While there, you’re also sure to see a host of various types of bees working in the gardens. This site’s "in progress" project is the installation of a medicinal herb garden.
8) Edible Curb Appeal | 7708 39th Ave SW
This sweet spot in West Seattle’s Gatewood neighborhood is a great example of what can be done when your best sun is in the front yard! In roughly 125 square feet of cedar raised beds, 24 containers and three large rolling garden boxes, this gardener shows her love of symmetry, beauty and efficiency. Because the garden flanks the path to the front door and driveway, the garden was designed to take advantage of every available square foot of growing capacity while still maintaining space to maneuver with a young family. The auto-timed, five-zone irrigation system is a highlight for those who want a garden that waters itself. This system was designed to take advantage of optimal early morning watering times as well as capitalizing on efficient use of time and water. Come check out Sally's 10 varieties of tomatoes, along with beds and containers full of carrots, pole beans, bush beans, cucumbers, winter squash, peppers, and an abundance of flowers planted specifically to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects.
9) Buried Treasure Urban Farm | 7338 17th Ave SW
Don't miss your chance to experience this double-lot urban farm tucked into a neighborhood in West Seattle! This land used to be the neighborhood trash dump, but now it's the talk of the town. The owners have been reclaiming this land since 2013. They've removed 2,000 pounds of garbage and added 50+ fruit and nut trees, a large chicken coop with more than 20 birds, multiple bee hives, and lots of edible landscaping. There is also a 600 square foot hoop house that enables them to grow food year-round, and they have ~1,400 gallons of rainwater storage. The Buried Treasure Urban Farm is named for the trash that was once buried there, but is now beloved for the rich soil that covers the 1/2-acre plot. Excited about farm fresh eggs? This site will have theirs for sale!
10) The Village Green Nursery (South Check-in Point) | 10223 26th Ave SW
This is the tour hub! Come meet the Founder of Seattle Farm School, see a baby sheep and a baby goat from Aran Farms, and watch a leafcutter bee demo from Crown Bees. While there, enter to win a basket of Seattle Farm School homemade speciality jams! Does strawberry jam with Thai herbs sound good to you? How about muddled strawberries in an orange saffron syrup? That's right, we take our canning seriously around here.
The Village Green is a piece of Seattle history. In the 1950's it was an orchard with apple trees. In 1975, it opened as a nursery, with heirloom roses and an amazing honeysuckle that is still going strong. In 2003, a new owner began to focus on permaculture, with perennial plants for pollinators and birds. The current owner purchased the property in 2013, and they are proud to be continuing the tradition and keeping this unique property a green oasis. They are bringing back the chickens and bees, and they are even adding goats. The Village Green features many perennial edible plants, as well as annual crops (basil, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, pumpkins, melons, onions, squash, sunflowers, tomatoes, and zucchini). Kids can play on the mature apple tree swing set or you can visit the giant dinosaur food plant area for a unique photo opportunity. If all this gardening inspires you to go home and try a project of your own, The Village Green has perennial plants to attract pollinators and organic fall/winter seeds for sale. You can also sign up to reserve their organic, rare fall bulbs or walk around the property and select your own heirloom rose for spring.
11) Rat City Studios | 2410 SW 106th St
Experience garden to table living. Rat City Studios is a thriving pottery studio in White Center. In addition to this, it is a beautiful garden space and home with four honeybee hives, mason bees, and a small flock of chickens. Raised beds, young fruit trees, and trellised edibles landscape the yard, which wraps around the home and studios. You will also see a rain garden, shade garden, and lots of perennials. Come see how art and gardening blend as you visit art studios and chat about growing your own food. There will be face-painting for the kids, and handmade, garden themed art will be available - think vases, garden ornaments, and bird baths!
12) Seola Bees | 11415 34th Ave SW
Meet a beekeeper and check out his home garden! Brad Jones, the owner of Seola Bee Company, produces hyper local honey (distinguished by neighborhood), including 4 hives at his West Seattle home. Come meet Brad and pick his brain about everything bee related! Another highlight at this location is the front-yard terraced vegetable garden, with an epic fire pit at the top. And the veggies don't stop there - there are tomatoes, peppers, and corn growing along the hot side of the house, huge hop vines climbing to the sky by the garage, and a new Hugelkultur bed on the public parking strip.
13) Rake and Make Ranch | 10644 2nd Ave SW
10 years of gardening have culminated in the front and backyard edible landscaping you will see at "Rake and Make" Ranch. See DIY hardscaping examples such as raised beds, trellises and cold frames, but also ready-made solutions such as feed troughs, rain barrels, and a stacking compost system. This husband and wife team focuses on growing large plots of things that store well or can be preserved like beets, onions, garlic, potatoes, cucumbers, squash and tomatoes. Much of what you see will be about to be "put up" or stored. The backyard features a sprawling custom chicken coop with two 10 year old Buff Orpingtons and three one year old chickens of various breeds. Monkey, a sweet Speckled Sussex may even let you pet her (if you give her treats)! Are you a chicken keeper lamenting your 5am wake-up calls to let the girls out? Don’t miss the automatic chicken door - it’s a total game changer!! Keep up with everything Rake and Make Ranch is up to at on their website, like gardening canning, and sewing, including teaching a make-your-own-napkins class with Seattle Farm School.
14) Fournier Farm | 2232 S 116th St
Please note that 116th is open to local traffic - don't be deterred by the closed sign! Drive right through and find Fournier Farm.
Want to grow food at home, but concerned that you have limited space or poor soil quality? Don’t miss Fournier Farm, where they’ve overcome both of these challenges! Fournier Farm grows most of their food in the front yard, which gets full sun. They’ve overcome poor soil quality by making use of raised beds, soil amendments, and container gardening. Visit their chickens and learn how Fournier Farm completes the circle of pulling garden weeds, feeding them to their chickens, then composting their droppings and adding that back to the garden. Fournier Farm also has lots of pollinator plants to support native bees, Mason bees, and honey bees. The owner of Fournier Farm builds DIY Mason bee kits and will have info available on the tour, along with a limited stock of homemade canned goods including jams, pickles, sauces, and honey.
15) Geodesic Steve | 12009 26th Ave S
This ingenious tinkerer has stewarded this property for over 50 years. He’s approached it with a holistic design, much like Permaculture, that includes not only food, but also the farm economy, sustainable building practices and nutrient recycling. Take a stroll through the edible perennial food forest with over 25 different fruiting trees and bushes, discover annual veggies throughout the landscape, and learn about worm bins and a 3-bin compost system. This homeowner also cultivates two groves of bamboo, which provide building materials for fences and trellises, biochar materials, and edible shoots. Think bamboo is a nasty plant? Come learn a different perspective! This site is a must-see for the amazing geodesic frameworks installed throughout the landscape. You won’t want to miss the chance to talk to Steve, the creator of these amazing structures. He also has a ‘maker space’ on site, including tools for woodworking, welding, metal casting, and 3D printing.