Growing Neighbors Camp will be at Shadle Church, 5508 North Alberta, and nearby gardens. Participants will learn organic gardening, serve their community and enjoy snacks and game. All ages are welcome. Grades 2 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. July 6-9, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Questions? call 327-5522.
Food Delivery via Bicycle with Noelle and Chan
Food Delivery via Bicycle is rocking now in 3 neighborhoods! Northwest Spokane on Thursdays from 3:00 – 5:30 pm., West Central Spokane on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:30 pm , and the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood on Tuesdays from 10:00 – 12:30 pm. Can you help sort, pack, or deliver (even if you need to use a motor)? Contact John Edmondson if you can help.
“Northwest Harvest partners with incredible organizations that are seeding food justice across Washington. One of those organizations is Growing Neighbors – a Spokane initiative of Shadle Park Presbyterian Church that brings local organizations together to grow food and community and encourage healthier lifestyles.”
This quote was taken from Stories From the Field, a publication of Northwest Harvest. The May 2021 issue features organizations that partner with Northwest Harvest to ensure food equity in Washington State.
We’ve been wanting to send out an update for a while, but have struggled to make time amongst all the springyness. Here is a quick & dirty composty list of recent highlights and upcoming awesomeness:
- We were recently awarded 2 grants from the Presbyterian Mission Agency and United Way Spokane!
- Watch our presentation (about 8 min. starting at 1:42:32) to the City Council about the new bicycle-powered food delivery and community composting program.
- Little Free Pantries continue to spread. Check out this recent news article, get in touch if you’d like to help, & check out this map.
- Gigs4Good would like to help you support us by hiring them to do home improvement projects.
- Grab a free yard of compost to grow food to share. We got 2 loads of 50 yards delivered to: The Abbey at 1832 W. Dean & New Vision at 3307 W Rowan. A third is planned for The North YMCA within a week!
- We’re making GN t-shirts with used shirts. Would you like to bring one to be printed for yourself or donate one for someone else?
- Planting parties each Tu and Th from 3:30-5:30 at our Hub Farmyard at 5508 N. Alberta. Have your own garden? Let us help you plan a weekly planting party!
- Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop this Tu, 4/6 at 3:30!
- Seeds, starts, soil, oh my! We have what you need to get a new garden going!
- School gardens are growing! Some existing projects you can dive in on include Garfield, Salk, Ridgeview, SIA, and more.
- The Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market starts Fridays in June! Want to volunteer?
- Weekly, free Outdoor Community Dinners start 4/13 at 5:30. Enjoy a meal, take it to-go, or gather neighbors for a meal in your hood.
- Easter Egg Hunt (socially distant style) this weekend! Decorate, hunt, or both! Check out the attachment, our map, and the bearded bunny video 🙂
- Looking for an Easter Sunday worship service? You are welcome to join Shadle Church in person or online at 11 a.m.
- Master Gardener Plant Sale online ordering starts 4/24. Great plants, great cause!
- Find these great events, training ops, & more on our calendar.
Thanks for your wonderful support and partnership. As always, we’d love your help growing and sharing healthy food and relationships by donating here. Also, ask us how to adopt a row, physically or financially!
Johnny and your Growing Neighbors Family 🙂
It’s time for the Virtual Easter Egg Hunt! Follow the instructions on the poster to win prizes and celebrate the season.
The Caritas Food Bank in Northwest Spokane has a main location, but people on its board realized not everyone could make it to that area. “For some of my neighbors, I know that getting to the food bank is difficult. They come on a bus or they walk long distances to get there,” said Bev Hopoi, a volunteer at the food bank.In response, the program created mini food banks near street corners for people passing through the area. They’re called Little Free Pantries. KREM 2 News Broadcast about the Little Free Pantries.
Little Free Pantries are located throughout Spokane. Click here to view the map of locations.
We’re getting excited to start growing food again! It’s time to get some seeds started indoors. Want some seeds? Want to help us plant at our Hub Farmyard or the Valley YMCA Greenhouse? Send us a quick message if you can help plant at 5508 N. Alberta St. on Wed. at noon or Th. between 3-5. We are also happy to set you up with the supplies you need to plant at home!
Know someone who needs help with food now? We have frozen meals and some produce and non-perishables for take-out or delivery throughout the week. Just call 327-5522 or stop by the office and/or Little Free Pantry at 5508 N. Alberta St.
Johnny, Growing Neighbors Director
We are so glad to be partnering with the YouthBuild program to build Little Free Pantries. Steve (left) and his crew, including Ricky (right), have completed 6 and are preparing to build 6 more. We hope to install some this week, but they aren’t all spoken for. Do you know of a good host site that has high visibility and traffic and isn’t too close to an existing LFP? We love the 24/7, low-barrier food access these pantries provide as well as a way for neighbors to connect and care for one another. We especially love when they are installed by an edible garden to help provide food that is as local and healthy as possible, year-round.
Are you planting a garden this spring? Plan a time for a Planting Party with your neighbors! Whether or not you are or would like to connect with neighbors through community gardening, there are many great ways to help neighbors connect. Are you already doing this? We’d love to hear your stories! Would you like to learn more about how to help your neighbors connect? Let’s talk! If you want to get started, here are a few good questions to ask your neighbors. Keep note of your conversations and look for ways to connect neighbors with similar interests!
- What do you love about our neighborhood (nh)?
- What do you think would make our nh better?
- What are your gifts or things you love to do? Would you enjoy doing that with others in our nh?
- What skills and passions do you have? Would you be willing to share these with a kid in our nh?
- What tools and resources do you have that you’d be willing to share with others in our nh?
- What associations, groups, or clubs are you part of that are connected with our local community?
- Share about some of your story, gifts, skills, & passions. Conversations can be door to door interviews or organic
We are excited to be working with several community partners on a plan to sustainably deliver food to neighbors in need via bicycle! We hope to include fresh produce (maybe even from your garden) and other essentials, as well as an opportunity for neighbors to share compostables that we bike back to community composting hubs. We’re working on locating eager bikers and/or purchasing some e-bikes and trailers to get started this spring. Does any of this get you excited? Want to talk about volunteering, donate money or supplies to help us get moving, or pass this opportunity along to others you think would be interested? We’re glad to be innovatively caring for neighbors and nature with you!