Quick and Composty Update

It has been a great growing season and we have a lot of fun news and events to share with you. Please take a moment to check out this quick and composty list of highlights:

  • Our neighbor Rob with the Emerson-Garfield Farmers’ Market put together this awesome 3 min. video about us: https://www.facebook.com/EGFMarket/videos/564992718138732
  • Our neighbors with the Spokane Conservation District hosted us for a recent episode of their Rocks to Roots Podcasthttps://www.rockstoroots.org/listen
  • SCD is hosting the Farm & Food Symposium 11/5-6 and I’ll be speaking on a panel at 1:15 on 11/6. Sign up here: https://www.spokanecd.org
  • Thank you to all of our awesome volunteers and interns. Chan, Nara, and Biruk, it was wonderful working with y’all this summer! We look forward to staying in touch and we’re excited to welcome Nazish, Makena, and other great student leaders this fall and beyond!
  • Our sustainable food deliveries are expanding to the Spokane Valley and Green Acres. Wanna help?
  • Little Free Pantries are going in all around town including at the Korean Presbyterian Church. Want to help build, install, or stock some?
  • Plan your spring garden! We can help you make a plan, form a team, replace lawn, plant garlic or perennials, and get seeds, soil, compost, and wood chips!

Food Delivery via Bicycle

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.

Treating Others More Like Family and the Planet More Like Home

“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.

Hello Spring, Neighbors!

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!

Peace,

Johnny and your Growing Neighbors Family 🙂

KREM 2 and the Little Free Pantries

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.

It’s Seed Planting Time!

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