Learning garden at McAuliffe Park successfully funded

Kirkland Parks Foundation has completed funding for a new learning garden at McAuliffe Park where Seattle Tilth will be teaching classes and developing an urban farm

Left to right: Jenny Schroder - Kirkland Parks and Community Services; Emily Hudspeth, Dana Nunnelly & Sally Otten - Kirkland Parks Foundation; Andrea Dwyer & Chris Hoffer - Seattle Tilth and Nona Ganz - Kirkland Parks Foundation

Left to right: Jenny Schroder - Kirkland Parks and Community Services; Emily Hudspeth, Dana Nunnelly & Sally Otten - Kirkland Parks Foundation; Andrea Dwyer & Chris Hoffer - Seattle Tilth and Nona Ganz - Kirkland Parks Foundation

The Kirkland Parks Foundation has successfully raisedover $8,000 from the community to fund the completion of acommunity learning gardenbeing managed by Seattle Tilth at McAuliffe Park. Thefoundation exceeded its fundraising goal of $7,800by raising $8,031. These funds will be donated to Seattle Tilth and used to purchase plants, fruit and nut trees, trellis materials, signage, and gardening tools, among other things. The learning garden will provide hands-on learning opportunities for the community with Seattle Tilth includingvolunteer training and classes, as early as this coming spring.

“We would like to thank everyonewho contributed to funding our latest project,” said Sally Otten, Executive Director of the Kirkland Parks Foundation. “This support will make the learning garden a reality. We know it will be wellutilized by our entire community.”

Now that sufficient funds have been raised, plants and other materials for the learning garden can be purchased to complete the learning garden. Volunteers have already been hard at work building garden beds and preparing the learning garden for planting in the spring. Seattle Tilth leads volunteer work parties every fourth Thursday of the month, 4-7 p.m. Community members and groups are encouraged to volunteer to help develop the garden! Find out more about volunteering.

Learning Garden is the first step in a big plan for McAuliffe Park

Seattle Tilth was engaged by the City of Kirkland in the fall of 2014 to create an urban farm at McAuliffe Park that will be a center for learning about sustainable food production, fulfilling the City’s master plan for the park. Volunteer opportunities, classes and other educational programs at the learning garden will be the beginnings of a much bigger vision for engaging people of all ages to learn about growing and eating fresh food and making it available to other community members. McAuliffe Park has a rich history as an historic homestead, farm, and nursery. Stay tuned for new developments and opportunities as an urban farm comes to life at McAuliffe Park!

About Kirkland Park Foundation

The Kirkland Parks Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014. Its mission is:

To work with the community to conceptualize, plan, fund and implement park improvements and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens of Kirkland.

For more information, please visit www.kirklandparksfoundation.org and follow the organization on Facebook.

About Seattle Tilth

Seattle Tilth is an educational nonprofit organization that has been teaching people how to grow food organically for nearly 40 years. The mission of Seattle Tilth is to inspire and educate people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system.

www.seattletilth.org