Lend a Hand – MLK Day of Service

Looking for ways to engage with your community on MLK Day of Service?  Several community gardens are looking for volunteers to help with infrastructure projects, garden clean up and winter prep. There is a task for every skill level and a great chance to spend time with family and friends.

The following community gardens are holding work parties on Monday, January 15:

Hillside Community Garden, Kent

Hillside Community Garden is holding a Refugee Community Garden Work Day from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  Your participation will help efforts to convert an acre of paved parking lot space into a garden paradise where refugees, immigrants and local community members can gather to grow culturally appropriate foods that promote a healthier lifestyle, improve food access, foster economic independence, and build community.

Elk Run Farm, Maple Valley

Volunteers are needed at Elk Run Farm from 10 am to 2 pm to grub out blackberries, sheet mulch and turn under cover crop for early March planting. Elk Run Farm grows food year-round on an acre of converted golf course to supply 12 area food banks with fresh fruits and vegetables. The farm holds regular work parties throughout the growing season.

Sustainable Renton Community Farm

There is never a shortage of things that need to be done at Sustainable Renton Community Farm. From 10 am to 2 pm, join United Way volunteers to help spread wood chips along pathways and weed beds and perimeters.  In addition to offering year-round gardening spaces, Sustainable Renton Community Farm grows food for local restaurants and has a “pay what you can” Farm Stand. They are passionate about food justice.

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