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Art in the Garden 2014

For the third year in a row, Friends of North Beach Park have had a booth at Art in the Garden.

First Set Up
This year we had two tables instead of just one. That made for a much nicer display, I think.

This was our most successful year so far, in terms of getting people to sign up for our email list. I’ve already sent out a “welcome” email, and none of them bounced, so I guess I read all the addresses correctly and nobody spoofed me. Score!

We love Art in the Garden because we always meet people who live near the park, grew up near it, have seen it before and after restoration began. We also meet people who say “Oh, I didn’t know that was a park! I’ll have to check it out!” It’s great not to just get positive feedback, but to have the possibility of introducing people to such a great little urban escape.

The "main table"
The table we sat behind.

The second table
The other table. The book that people picked up most frequently was “Seattle Geographies.”

Our Celebrity Spokesmodel!
Our Celebrity Spokesmodel!

Julie got a bouquet of flowers for our booth. Art in the Garden is a fundraiser for the Ballard P-Patch, and this year they had a bouquet table with fresh-cut flowers from the p-patch itself. They were all very pretty!

The Seattle Santa!
The Seattle Santa

We had a surprise drop-in visit from Santa! Even he’s feeling the economic pinch, he’s had to take a summer job as a garden gnome.

After things slowed down in the mid-afternoon, I took a walk through the garden and took several photos of flowers and vegetables.

Garden Shots

Because of the warm weather this summer, everything was growing like gangbusters. You can see the whole set of photos on Flickr.

Will we do it again next year? Of course! Although… well, as tasty as it all was… we’ll probably do a better job of avoiding the food trucks. We love them a little too much!

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Outreach Resources

Here are the links that were on the handout for the forest steward refresher training on March 29, 2014. At the end I’ve added links and information received from comments during the presentation.

Green Seattle Partnership Forest Steward Outreach Toolkit
First place to go for public outreach resources. There is a PDF listing neighborhood events, with the general dates of the events and links to the sponsoring organization when known. </p>

GSP provides a great kit of outreach materials, including numerous brochures, a small banner, and a table skirt. You can also get a pop-up canopy. Contact Andrea Mojzak at least four weeks in advance to reserve the materials. You have to transport to and from the Forterra offices (or storage locker).

ESRM 100 (UW)
All UW students are required to take this class. One of the assignments is to attend a three-hour restoration work party. The attendance can vary widely from the advance sign up, but we’ve found that the students who do show up work. The assignment is due about week six, so you’re more likely to get students early in the quarter.

Write to the TAs at eschelp[at]uw[dot]edu. Provide all the helpful details: the date and time of the work party, address of meeting location, the work you’ll be doing, what you’ll provide (there was a suggestion of “food” which makes sense)bus routes that stop near the park, and parking availability. I always offer a tour of the park or a Q&A about restoration and about half the time it happens. You have to provide a follow-up email to the TA’s saying who participated.

There are a number of “Friends of…” Facebook pages that might be of interest to forest stewards. These include Friends of Cheasty Greenspace/Mt. View, Friends of Lewis Park, Friends of Seattle’s Urban Forest, Friends of the Atlantic City Nursery/Rainier Beach Urban Farm, Friends of the Southwest Queen Anne Greenbelt, Friends of Green Lake, and Friends of the Jungle. If you know of others, please mention them in a comment.

And let’s not forget, of course, Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards, which I hardly need mention because of course you’re already subscribed to that page. ;>

YMCA Earth Service Corps
There are numerous clubs in high schools throughout Seattle. They tend to be focused on on-campus projects, but they might be interested in joining a work parghety or visiting a restoration site. There was a large group from the Ballard HS club that worked in Golden Gardens recently. If a school near your park is not listed on the website above, write to Geoff Eseltine at geseltine [at] seattleymca [dot] org and he’ll let you know if there’s a club in your school. Not every school has a club.

Other Possibilities

This list includes ideas from the workshop and some things I just started looking into. In most cases, the only thing that’s happened so far is I’ve sent a query/contact email.

Introductory class for Program on the Environment students. This includes a component for a project in a local park. I’ve written to the advisor.
Seattle One Brick
From their website: “One Brick provides support to local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community. We enable people to get involved, have an impact and have fun, without the requirements of individual long-term commitments.”

I filled out their “Request Help” form Friday evening. Here is more information.

Intrafraternity Council
Panehellenic Association
The fraternities and sororities often have a service component. In both cases, I’ve sent a query email to their general contact address.

If you have any information on ways for forest stewards to do outreach, please feel free to leave it in the comments. I’ll make a new post if something works out really well.

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