Growing A Taste of Home

Growing A Taste of Home

Akasanjaku Beans, Ping Tung Eggplant, Molokai Spinach and Armenian Striped Cucumbers are all tastes of home for many of South King County’s newly arrived immigrants and refugees.  However, access to these familiar foods is both limited and costly.  Thirteen-year-old, Erica A., of Seattle decided she wanted to do something about that and has dedicated her Bat Mitzvah project to growing plant starts that will be distributed at community gardens across South King County this spring.  Erica and her father, Larry, met me to plant out the first batch of seed starts earlier this month.  The process involved a bacterial wash of the seed trays, filling the trays with starter mix and planting out hundreds of tiny seeds.  “It was exciting to hear about how even people who do not have their own land are able to learn about gardening, soil and conservation,” Erica observed.  She was particularly interested in International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Namaste Garden in Tukwila, where she hopes to see some of her culturally relevant plant starts grow into food that will provide access to fresh food and a taste of home.

A special thank you to Auburn Mountainview High School for the use of greenhouse space and to Horticulture Instructor, Regina Grubb, and her students for caring for the plant starts.

If you would like to help plant out seeds for community gardens, please contact me.

Melissa Tatro

Community Agriculture Coordinator



January 23, 2018 / by / in
Free Compost Available to Qualifying King County Community Gardens

It’s never too early to think about compost and amending your soil for the 2018 growing season.

KCD has FREE GroCo compost and delivery made available through our partnership with King County to qualifying community gardens. To find out if your garden qualifies, download an application.

For more information about GroCo compost (made with Loop® biosolids) can be found here:

January 8, 2018 / by / in