Volunteers from Peace Lutheran Church in West Seattle grow about 300 pounds of chard, kale, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, and vine tomatoes from seed and carefully tend the crops throughout the summer season. All fresh vegetables are given to White Center Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank. The project is funded by the Archbishop of Seattle Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl and the Bishop's Committee on the Environment (Episcopal Diocese of Olympia).
Our crops are growing! Deborah Hack and Master Gardener Paul Winterstein examine the flowers that will soon be cherry tomatoes. Meanwhile, we have kale to harvest and the herbs, oregano and two varieties of thyme.
This growing season we have added another direct approach to feeding the disadvantaged. Additional beds were placed on our campus for growing peas, cabbage, kale, cherry tomatoes, oregano and two types of thyme. Nathan Clark, a deaconal student in the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, is shown in the photos harvesting the kale. Nathan is also an excellent chef, and he formulated his own recipe for vegetable goulash soup from the fresh kale, peas, and other ingredients to be added to bow tie pasta for takeout meals to the 50 women of WHEEL (Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League) housed at Trinity Parish Church, Seattle. What a great collaboration between the Seafarers’ Center and Trinity.