Dear community members,
King Conservation District’s Culturally Relevant Seed Starts (CRSS) Program had a great success this season even during these unprecedented times. A team of seven at KCD grew seed starts in their respective homes and then delivered them to community gardens in King County (curbside pick ups were also available). About 2,000 seed starts were given out to several community gardens that mostly serve low income communities of color in King County. One of the recipients, Freeway Estates Community Orchard, wrote a wonderful article highlighting the culturally relevant seeds they were able to grow. Check out their article and the garden for opportunities to get involved!
Look out for a new blog post coming soon that highlights this season’s CRSS program successes in depth!
Cly Samson, KCD Community Agriculture Program Coordinator
Clyzzel (also goes by Cly) joined KCD in September as the Community Agriculture Fellow through the Rainier Valley Corps/Got Green’s Green Pathways Fellowship Program. Cly is part of a family line of fishermen and farmers from a small province of the Philippines and is passionate about food justice. She believes that access to healthy food is a human right, not a privilege. Cly has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Washington Seattle. She was the political chair for the Filipino American Student Association at UW Seattle in 2016 and has centered her life in uplifting the Asian Pacific Islander community ever since. Cly centers her activism in kapwa — the Tagalog word for togetherness. To her, food is a physical and spiritual way to connect with community, the Earth, the past and future generations.