Working in a very diverse neighborhood of Seattle, the Seattle Community Farm faced a unique set of volunteer relations challenges.
Especially for new projects, getting your name and what you do out to the public is vital. Outreach and soliciting donations will be much easier if people have already heard of you
Because the Seattle Community Farm is so focused on community engagement, we look at partnerships with neighborhood organizations and groups as essential to our work. We have found three types of partnerships that are worth exploring.
The SCF is not a traditional gleaning project, so interactions with donors are not the same as other gleaning projects. However, we do have several donors of money, skills, and materials with whom it’s important for us to keep up good relations.
After a lengthy search for space, a partnership was started between Lettuce Link and the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA). SHA manages low-income and mixed-income housing developments throughout Seattle. A piece of land in the Rainier Vista re-development that was unused for years is now the Seattle Community Farm.
Growing vegetables for a food bank is different than growing vegetables for anyone else, especially in regards to variety and quantity.
This season we hosted a garden class at the farm, with an instructor from another organization. That class was for adults, and we also run an education program for kids. That program has two components; the summer program, run in partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club, and field trips.
The Seattle Community Farm (SCF) has many goals in the community: getting fresh produce to those who struggle to afford it, educating children and adults about growing and cooking their own food, and connecting people across cultural and linguistic barriers to garden together.