Welcome to the
Community Orchard
of West Seattle

What is Community Orchard of West Seattle?

Community Orchard of West Seattle, (COWS) is a non profit organization and partners with Nature Stewards. COWS provides a home-scale model and venue that demonstrates how much food can be grown on a city-sized lot. Produce goes to volunteers and local security programs.

COWS broke ground in the winter of 2011 and in its first year converted a narrow strip of unused land on the north east end of South Seattle College. Today you will find a working community garden and growing food forest orchard.

COWS uses permaculture and organic growing principles. All efforts are made in demonstrating low-maintenance sustainable food production strategies.

Orchard Happenings - Get Involved :-)

Where:
South Seattle College
North Entrance, 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle WA

Note: please bring gloves, water bottle and dress according to weather.

 

An afternoon with Rita Smith of Groundwork

This talk and mini-demo is geared for those who want to learn more about fruit tree pruning and its benefits.

When: Monday, March 20th
Time: 3 - 5 p.m.

If you have your own hand pruners please bring them. If not, we will have some to lend out. We suggest you bring water, gloves and dress for weather. Hot beverages and light snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you then!

 

2017 Weekly/Monthly - COWS Community Meetup Opportunities:

March:
Every Monday, Starting March 20th 3-5pm.

April:
Every Monday, 3-5pm, & Sunday Community Workparty, April 30th 10am-1pm.

NEW Summer Hours!
(May & June) Meetup times are from: 5-7pm.

May:
Every Monday, 5-7pm, & Sunday Community Workparty, May 7th 10am -1pm.

June:
Every Monday, 5-7pm, & Sunday Community Workparty, June 3rd 10am - 1pm.

Summer Break:
No Meetups July & August.

Fall Meetups:
(Sept. – Nov.) times and dates to be decided.

Questions on urban gardening and permaculture techniques are our specialty! All are welcome, we hope to see you there!

 

What's Growing?

Trees in the Orchard

We have an apple trellis, fruit trees and shrubs growing in the Orhard. Check out our tree map for further details.

Download Our Tree Map

Orchard's Food Forest

Forest gardening is a low maintenance sustainable plant-based food production and agroforestry system based on woodland ecosystems, incorporating fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables which have yields directly useful to humans.

We're Only Successful With Your Help!

COWS would like to thank all those who've helped us on our journey. We couldn't have come this far without the dedicated volunteers that have given their time. Help us keep it going, you'll feel good by doing so! Please decide to sign up for our email list.

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