Past Events:

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March 17, 2012

Community Orchard of West Seattle Seed Sale
Thank you for a successful seed sale! We look forward to seeing you at our next seed sale event!

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November 19, 2011

Capturing your Rainwater - Beyond Rain Barrels
How can you hold water in your landscape? It’s easier than you think! Find out how to harvest rainwater from your roof for use in your garden (or your whole house) and leave those rainbarrels behind! One option is cisterns: saves you money, conserves water, prevents stormwater pollution, remedies drainage issues. Learn how to keep your garden well watered in the dry summer months using free water! This workshop will cover the basics and benefits of cisterns, the components of a cistern and how they work, how to customize a system for your landscape, and how to get started collecting your rain in a cistern or in the ground itself. Presented by Nikola Davidson of EarthSystemsNW, a local company specializing in cistern installation for residential homeowners. www.earthsystemsnw.com

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October 15, 2011

Homemade Gifts and Craft Industries
In advance of the 1st Annual West Seattle Barter Faire, Community Orchard is having an active brainstorming workshop that will stretch the ideas of holiday gifts and cottage industries to their limits! Working together with Orchard Manager Laura Sweany, we will share successes (and failures!) we've had with homemade gifts, and start on a list of hundreds of items that could be crafted as cottage industry or barter fodder from a home yard the size of our Orchard.

Instructor: Laura Sweany, Community Orchard of West Seattle

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September 17, 2011

Creative Fruit Preservation & Fermentation
This class will explore the more creative side of preserving your abundant harvest or making the most out of a great sale at the market. There are plenty of other ways to preserve fruit besides canning and we’ll be exploring everything from drying to fermentation, and many things in between.

Instructor: Vanessa Primer, West Seattle Food Bank

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August 20, 2011

Hands-on Workshop: Cover Crops & Winter Edibles
What can we harvest from our gardens for all 4 seasons in the Pacific Northwest? How can cover crops maintain and enhance soil fertility during cool weather? As any good gardener can tell you, the best time to prepare a winter garden is in the height of summer. We may have waited a while for summer this year, but the day is finally here and it's time to get some cover crops and winter edibles planted in the Orchard. Through hands-on learning and little bit of toil, this informal workshop will explore wise ways to put our gardens "to bed" for the winter. While Laura will guide participants towards their area of interest, everyone should probably be prepared to get a little dirty. There's some fun work to be done for the winter and this is definitely the best way to learn how to do it!

Instructor: Laura Sweany, Community Orchard of West Seattle

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July 16, 2011

Managing Property Next to a Greenbelt: Tracking Critters in the Urban Garden
Animal trails are all around us and all it takes are careful eyes and a little practice to spot them. At this class, we’ll be looking at how common species interact with their local environment, including our gardens and orchards. You’ll learn how and where these animals move and how to identify their tracks and signs in your own backyard.

Instructor: Pete McGlenn, West Seattle Tracker

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June 11, 2011

Bountiful Backyard Berries
Cultivate beauty and delicious flavor by integrating productive fruiting plants into your ornamental landscape. Join us for a profile of those berries best suited to backyard growing as well as tips on how to make the most of your bountiful harvest.

Instructor: Lorene Edwards Forkner, Author

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May 21, 2011

Maintaining and Increasing Soil Fertility Naturally!
Explore soil science and structure, and learn how to use such natural soil boosters as compost teas, rock dust, fungal inocculants and plant roots to enhance your soil's health and vitality.

Instructor: Laura Sweany, Community Orchard of West Seattle

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April 16, 2011

Trellises, poles, arbors and props!
Trellises, poles, arbors and props make the most of the growing space above even the tiniest garden plot. They also add dynamic interest and punctuation to any planting. Join us for a quick, hands-on, easy DIY workshop exploring simple garden structures and training devices crafted from bamboo, twigs, and standard hardware store materials.

Instructor: Lorene Edwards Forkner, Author

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March 12, 2011

Annual Plantings: New Strategies with Old Favorites!
Planting seeds is something most of us have done since childhood. There are many uncommon techniques that can make annual veggie and fruit gardening less work and more fun. Share information on your favorite annuals for our area, and be prepared to break into small groups to integrate your annual favorites into our emerging perennial orchard system.

Instructor: Laura Sweany, Community Orchard of West Seattle

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February 12, 2011

Perennial Plantings: How to plant a garden Once and harvest for Years!
Come join your neighbors at the Community Orchard of West Seattle for an exploration of the often-neglected role that perennial plants can play in a food production system.

Instructor: Laura Sweany, Community Orchard of West Seattle

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