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Seattle City Council Renews Support for City Fruit

Crates of fresh produce abound.

Funding will support future gleaning efforts that benefit food banks and meal programs across the city. 

Funding will support work on public and private land and help the organization expand into Northeast Seattle

City Fruit is grateful to the Seattle City Council for including $68,000 in the 2015 City budget for the organization’s gleaning programs. City Fruit recognizes Councilmember Sally Clark for her leadership. The funding will support City Fruit’s harvesting efforts on both public and private property and provide thousands of pounds of fresh fruit to meal programs and food banks around the city.

In addition, City Fruit thanks Councilmembers Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell, and Tom Rasmussen for their sponsorship of the budget package.

Hazel Singer, vice president of the City Fruit board of directors, thanked the Council, saying, “Funding from the City is critical to our harvest. With this support, we will be able to continue serving five neighborhoods in Seattle and add an additional area, Northeast Seattle, to our territory.”

With the City’s support in 2014, City Fruit harvested nearly 28,000 pounds of fruit, a record for the organization. Nearly all fruit was donated into Seattle’s emergency food system, including food banks and meal programs. In addition, the organization hosted over 50 work parties in support of public orchards and stewarded nearly 400 trees on public land.

City Fruit is also grateful to our members and supporters, for voicing their support to City Council!


Support Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program!

fruits-vegetables Fresh Bucks NowSeattle’s Got Green?, a local grassroots organization that works to make sure  low-income people and communities of color have access to the benefits of the green economy, is issuing a call to action for more access to healthy food.  Got Green? was instrumental in launching Seattle’s Fresh Bucks Program in July 2012.  Under this program, EBT (food stamp) users receive $10 in Fresh Bucks per day to buy fruits and vegetables at local farmers markets. Families receive up to $70 extra “bucks” each week.  The initiative is hailed for reducing food insecurity in Seattle as well as  boosting Washington’s farmers and farmers markets.

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s budget contains $100,000 to support the Fresh Bucks program in 2014.  The budget went to the City Council on September 23, and it us now up to all of us to ensure that the City Council approves funding for this important program.

Here’s what you can do:

→Show your support at the Seattle City Council Budget Committee Hearing: Thursday, Oct 3 at 5:30pm City Council Chambers (600 Fourth Avenue)

→Call City Council members Visit Got Green’s Facebook event “Call Seattle City Council to fund Fresh Bucks in 2014 city budget!”  for a sample script, talking points, and contact information for our City Council members.

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Save the Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center

We’re good friends with the Friends of Piper’s Orchard, big fans of the orchard there, and love Carkeek Park. Because of that I wanted to pass on some information from Timothy Cox, Treasurer of the Carkeek Park Advisory Council (CPAC), about the potential closure of the park’s Environmental Learning Center and lay-offs for its staff – the mayor has a $67 million deficit he’s dealing with for 2011. Overall there are about $10 million in cuts to Seattle Parks & Recreation.

A couple ways you can help:


Please make your voice heard at one of these two upcoming meetings.

  • CPAC will be holding its next monthly meeting on Monday, 10/25 at 7:00PM at the ELC.
  • City Council is holding a budget review meeting Tuesday, 10/26 at Seattle City Hall at 5:30PM.


If you can’t make one of the meetings, the City Council is also looking for feedback on their 2011-2012 budget priorities. There is a simple form to fill out here:


City Fruit Response: Urban Forest & Trees

[Today is the last day to provide feedback. Send City of Seattle a message.]

The City of Seattle is looking for input on two pieces of legislation that relate to the urban tree canopy.

One bill is to strengthen and put in place permanent legislation to save mature trees and tree groves and increase efforts to plant more trees to increase our tree canopy.

The other bill is to create an Urban Forestry Commission to provide expertise and oversight advice to the Mayor and City Council on urban forestry protection and sustainability issues.

City Fruit has written in support of these two bills. A copy of it is below:

“On behalf of City Fruit, I am writing in support of Resolution 31138 and to urge the creation of a strong, impartial, science-based Urban Forestry Commission.

City Fruit is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to growing, using and sharing fruit in urban environments ( ).

A city that claims to be a leader in climate protection must protect and enhance its urban forest canopy. Urban trees sequester carbon, provide shade, and promote the enjoyment of the outdoors within the city limits. In addition, fruit trees provide much-needed food. In 2008, Seattle fruit trees contributed nearly 20,000 pounds of organic fruit to food banks, meals programs, seniors and others who couldn’t otherwise afford to buy it. This fruit traveled only a few miles.

City Fruit was formed, in part, to address the missing link between the public sector and private tree owners. An Urban Forestry Commission, with representatives from Seattle’s neighborhood constituencies, urban planners and arborists, is critical to making sound, science-based decisions that also serve the public interest. And civic legislation designed to protect existing trees and promote the planting of more trees supports the needs of Seattle’s citizens and the sustainability of the planet.”