Annual Honey Extraction: ’Comb and Get It!

On Friday, July 14, Evan Sugden organized his annual honey extracting event at the UW Ceramics Lab, just north of the UW Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Evan, who teaches “Bees, Beekeeping and Pollination” (ESRM491D) during the summer, says the course hives can produce several hundred pounds of honey, and this year’s bees delivered 450 pounds!

The bees make honey early in the season as Himalayan blackberry blooms, and then they finish the summer as research subjects for the science-based class (up to five bee research projects are run simultaneously). Extraction of the honey, the first harvest, marks the transition of the function of the hives. The second harvest comes with the presentation of research results on the last day of class, August 17, and the public is invited. Students help in the honey harvest, and all the proceeds benefit the beekeeping course and program as part of the UW Farm.

Update: As of August 16, the honey is now bottled and ready to go! The student marketing team has arranged a tabling event and pick-up time for this Friday, August 18, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on the UW Quad, and you can place your order online (payment at pick up accepted by cash or check). If this pick-up time does not work for your schedule, there will be future events. They acknowledge that distribution is a challenge, but with a little patience you’ll be able to get your delicious UW honey, and maybe also a UW Farm-etched beverage glass. Thank you for your support!

Photos © Evan Sugden and Will Peterman.

 

UW Farm CSA: Sign Up for Summer Shares!

This summer, for the fourth season, the UW Farm will once again be offering shares of its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program!

Buying a CSA share entitles you to a weekly selection of fresh produce for 17 consecutive weeks from June 7 to September 27, with each share feeding a family of four. The price is $510 ($30/week) for faculty, staff and community members, and $470 for students; you can also inquire about other need-based discounts and early-bird bonuses. You will be able to pick up your box on Wednesdays after 3 p.m. from the UW Farm at the Center for Urban Horticulture, or on the main UW Campus (location TBD).

Learn more and sign up for a summer 2017 membership, and keep an eye out for high-season (August) and fall (October/November) shares that will be available later in the season!

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2016 Farm to Table Dinner: Get Your Tickets!

On Thursday, October 27, the UW Farm will be hosting its third annual Farm to Table Dinner! Featuring food grown on campus and from other local producers—and cooked by Chaco Canyon Organic Café—this is a dinner you don’t want to miss. Tickets are on sale now, so book your spot at the table today!

The dinner will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. In addition to the bounty of delicious food, you’ll be able to enjoy local beer and wine, music, games and pumpkin carving. Tickets are $14 for students, $35 for the general public, and $10 for kids. Order yours today!

The UW Farm is a one-acre, student-powered, urban vegetable farm located on three sites at the University of Washington’s Seattle campus. The farm’s mission is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes. Their produce is sold to community members and UW institutions, given to learners/volunteers, and donated to the University District Food Bank and the UW Food Pantry.

So on top of all the mouth-watering reasons to join the Farm to Table Dinner, you’ll also be supporting a fantastic campus group!

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For Graduation Donation, College Contributes to Two UW Farm Projects at CUH

For its annual gift to the graduating class this year, the College of the Environment is partnering with the Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) to help fund two CSF projects at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH): planting pollinator habitats to create suitable habitat for local pollinating insects, and installing a composting toilet to support more than 180 student farmers and volunteers!

The College decided to contribute to these two projects based on the recommendation of its Student Advisory Council and a vote by graduating students. Read more about each project below!

Pollinator Habitats
This project involves planting and installing pollinator habitats at the UW Farm. Specifically, the UW Farm will design and plant a hedgerow along its southern boundary to create suitable habitat for local pollinating insects, enhancing the biodiversity of the surrounding Union Bay Natural Area and student food production at the UW Farm. The hedgerow will be composed of woody perennial plant species that will act primarily as pollinator habitat, providing forage, shelter and, most importantly, overwintering habitat for insects.

UW students who work and volunteer at the farm will have the opportunity to help plant the vegetation over the coming year. They will learn how to care for the habitats into future years: primarily trimming and maintenance of perennial shrubs, removing weeds that grow into the area, and planting replacement plants as necessary. Teens and young adults from Seattle Youth Garden Works will also be involved in the installation and future maintenance of the pollinator habitats.

The total award for this project was $750, and you can contact Nicolette Neumann with any questions.

Composting Toilet
The lack of a bathroom on the worksite at the UW Farm has negatively impacted productivity and disrupted workflow (individuals have to stop work and leave the site to use the nearest restrooms), disrupted programing on the farm, and especially impeded access to any bathroom on weekends (the nearest bathrooms are locked on the weekend, a time when the farm has routine volunteer hours).

So the installation of this composting toilet—arriving in a few weeks!—at CUH will help support more than 180 student farmers and volunteers working at the UW Farm, and more than 500 student visitors to the site annually. Yet the farm will not be the only beneficiary, by any means. An outdoor bathroom will provide an indispensable resource and greatly benefit a variety of community and university groups that operate adjacent to the farm, including neighborhood visitors to the Union Bay Natural Area and CUH during daylight hours; participants in the neighboring Seattle Tilth Youth Garden Works program; youth participating in other educational programs at CUH; student ecologists and volunteers doing restoration work in UBNA; and UW grounds and maintenance members who frequently do work in the area.

The total award for this project is $33,000, and you can contact UW Farm Manager Sarah
Geurkink with any questions.

Photo © Sarah Geurkink.

UW Farm: CSA Shares on Sale!

For the third season, the UW Farm will be offering its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the summer 2016 sign-up period is now open!

2016_02_CSA SharesBy purchasing a CSA share, you’ll get to support the farm with an initial investment, and in return you’ll get a weekly box of fresh produce throughout the growing season. Each box is packed for a family of four, and you’ll be able to pick them up at the Center for Urban Horticulture or elsewhere on the main UW campus (exact location TBD).

Right now, you have a chance to join the CSA for the period from June 1 to September 28, which covers 18 consecutive weeks of produce. There are 40 shares available, and the cost is $540 ($30 per box) for faculty, staff and community members, and $450 ($25 per box) for students. You may pay in installments, but full payment for the whole season is due by the first pick-up on June 1. (August and fall shares will be on sale later in the season.)

The UW Farm kicked off its CSA program in the summer of 2014, serving 15 members of the campus community. In 2015, they more than doubled the number of CSA shares they offered, delivering to 37 members each week.

Now you have a chance to join for this summer, so sign up now!

Oh, and if you pay in full by the end of February, you’ll get a choice of early bird incentives: 3 u-picks of their organic-cut flowers throughout the season, or five seedlings for you to plant in your garden!

Farm-to-Table Dinner: October 22!

Coming up on Thursday, October 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the UW Farm will be hosting the second edition of its hugely successful Farm-to-Table Dinner! Last year, the event sold out and drew nearly 200 people—raising more than $3,000 for the UW Farm—so reserve your spot as soon as possible to enjoy a tremendous evening at the Center for Urban Horticulture’s NHS Hall.

Like last year, the culinary experts from Chaco Canyon Organic Café will be preparing the menu and meal using fresh produce from the UW Farm. Libations will be on sale for guests 21 and older, and the evening’s entertainment will also include games and a photo booth.

Tickets for students are $14 in advance or $18 at the door; $30 for non-students in advance or $35 at the door; and $10 for children 12 and under. Order your tickets today!

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Farm to Table Dinner Sells Out, Draws Nearly 200

The UW Farm’s fundraising dinner on Thursday, October 23, was a huge success! Nearly 200 people filled NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture, and the event raised more than $3,000 for the UW Farm.

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Guests took part in autumn festivities like pumpkin carving and cider pressing.

The menu, prepared and mastered by Chaco Canyon Organic Café chefs, featured the dinner’s guest of honor—farm-fresh local produce from the UW Farm, Nash’s Organic Produce and Alvarez Organic Farms. Attendees enjoyed veggie-forward dishes like squash and eggplant curry, beet and parsnip salad, collard greens, Field Roast BBQ and lentil dhal.

The Bitterroot String Band dished out bluegrass and old-timey tunes while guests dined and sipped on local microbrews and wine, kids (and kids-at-heart) carved pumpkins, and folks made herb medleys to take home from the fragrant herb table. There was even a cider pressing station where you could press apples for cider made on-site. How cool is that?!

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An assortment of delicious desserts were served.

The event’s success was largely due to UW Farm Manager Sarah Geurkink’s hard work and leadership. Geurkink garnered massive community support, securing donations from nearly all of the vendors—from the chefs at Chaco Canyon Organic Café and the brewers at Hilliard’s Beer, to the hundreds of apples donated by City Fruit and the produce from local farms, to the catering supplies from The Upper Crust Catering Co.

In her first large-scale event, Geurkink gathered both old and new friends of the farm for an inclusive opportunity to celebrate its achievements. She also wanted to share the program with folks who might not know about the farm, or who may have been curious but didn’t know how to get involved. She was thrilled with the turnout and the great show of community support, and would like to make it an annual event. Check out the UW Farm’s Facebook page to stay connected, or get involved in one of the many other events they host throughout the year.

Photos © Anisa Jackson.

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Guests assembled canisters of their favorite herbs to take home.


Farm to Table Dinner: A UW Farm Benefit

The folks at the UW Farm are setting the table for dinner on October 23, and you’re invited! Round up your friends and family for a fun-filled evening at the farm, located at the Center for Urban Horticulture. There will be games to play, food preservation demos, a presentation about the farm and, of course, food!

Farm to TableYou’ll be treated to a knockout meal, incorporating UW Farm produce, from the chefs at Chaco Canyon Café. Local microbrews will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door for students, and $20 in advance or $25 at the door for non-students. All proceeds go to the UW Farm, the campus hub for urban farming, agricultural education and research.

What: Farm to Table Dinner
When: Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Come show your support, and share a meal with the UW Farm!

UW Farm Opens Weekly Produce Stand Along Burke-Gilman Trail

Beginning this Friday, August 29, the UW Farm will be partnering with UW Transportation Services to set up a weekly farm stand on the Burke-Gilman Trail from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The stand will be located just across the trail from the Husky Grind at the Mercer Court apartments.

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The Burke-Gilman Trail along the Mercer Court apartments, where the farm stand will be located.

You’ll be able to pick out fresh, hyper-local lettuce, kale, chard, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, beets, zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, turnips, radishes, beans, tomatillos, herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender), mustard, garlic and more!

The UW Farm is a campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability. It is an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes. All proceeds go toward sustainable farming education and student development, and you can contact UW Farm Manager Sarah Geurkink if you have any questions or would like to get involved.

So stop by and support a great program!

Photos © UW Farm.

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Video: Farm to Table at the University of Washington

This week, UW Housing & Food Services released a fun video that introduces the UW Farm and the students and staff who work to bring the food from the farm to the various dining locations on the UW campus—such as the new Cultivate restaurant in the U-District!

Check out the three-and-a-half-minute clip, “Farm to Table at the University of Washington,” and learn a little more about the fresh food cropping up around campus.