Share ideas for Rainier Beach Learning Garden on April 20

Interested in growing food and helping kids understand where their food comes from?  Come share your ideas for our new community learning garden in Rainier Beach!

The Rainier Beach Learning Garden Steering Committee will host the second of 3 meetings to design the expanded garden.   We will compare several designs and share ideas for making the garden an inviting and educational space for friends and neighbors of all ages.  

When:   Tuesday, April 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where:  South Lake High School

Dinner and childcare will be provided.  Translation services available upon request.   

The Rainier Beach Learning Garden is a partnership between Seattle Tilth, Seattle Parks, South Shore PTSA, South Shore PreK-8, Rainier Beach Community Center, New School Foundation and Kids Co.   It is located behind South Shore School next to the tennis courts and gives kids and adults a place to grow food while learning about healthy eating and environmental stewardship.   

Last August, a local landscape firm, In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes, helped 50 volunteers build 6 raised beds to start the garden.  Since then, Seattle Tilth has been teaching kids and adults to love bugs, grow food and explore the natural world through hands-on science.   We recently received a matching grant from Department of Neighborhoods to expand the garden, teach the latest techniques in urban gardening and help more people grow their own food.   

For more information, contact Sharon Lerman at [email protected].    Join our Facebook page!




Help build a Children’s Garden in your neighborhood this weekend!

Join your neighbors to build a new Children’s Learning Garden on a previously unused piece of Seattle Parks property, between the tennis courts and ballfields at Rainier Beach Playfield.   As a nice side benefit, the garden activity has apparently drawn attention to the long-neglected tennis courts at the playfield, which were being pressure-washed and refurbished today!

The garden is in close proximity to South Shore PreK-8 (a brand new building opening next month), Dunlap Elementary, South Lake High School, Rainier Beach High School, KidsCo daycare, and Rainier Beach Community Center, so will be used by a wide variety of local children to learn about math, science, healthy eating and environmental stewardship.  

Grab your gloves and join a work party Thursday 8/27 – Saturday 8/29 from 9:00 – 5:00 or Sunday 8/30 from 9:00 – 1:00.  Today, volunteers removed sod and dug (and dug and dug), so the base is  ready to spread 20 tons of gravel and 10 yards of mulch, build six raised beds from concrete blocks, then fill the beds with 20 yards of compost.  Park in the Rainier Beach Community Center, then walk to the garden using the service road between Rainier Beach Community Center and South Lake High School.  Kids are welcome to help!   Any questions about volunteering, contact Jodi Newton at 206-303-6610 or [email protected].