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seeds, chicks, and bees

Happy Friday folks!

It’s the end of January and I’ve got lots to talk about for this week, so here goes!

We are starting to get our seeds in stock! Right now we have a few select varieties from Root and Radicle Seed Co. (that’s me) and next week we’ll be getting a nice selection from Deep Harvest on Whidbey Island.

Next up: bees. We just got some mason bees in, as well as some straws for the mason bee houses and a little booklet on how to have and care for your bees. On Sunday there is also a free class here at the Co-op Warehouse all about Mason bees. Please sign up at info@seattlefarmcoop.com!

In preparation for chick season, we brought in some new waterers and feeders. Also, for all you procrastinators, it isn’t too late to order chicks. We still have plenty of Black and Gold Sex-Links and White Plymouth Rocks left, and a few Australorps, Wyndottes, and Buff Orpingtons. Ordering deadline is February 16th!

Also, for those of you who have been asking for large mason jars, we just got half gallon wide-mouth jars in. These are the perfect size for making yogurt, kombucha, or other fermented vegetables. Jars are $3.38 each retail/$2.97 member, or $16.24/$14.29 per case. That’s a savings of $4.04 if you buy the whole case!!

Last on my list today, we have two upcoming Yard to Table workshops at some local libraries. The first one is Saturday, February 6th at noon, at Boulevard Park Library 12015 Roseberg Ave. S. The other one is at Renton Public Library 100 Mill Ave. S. on Sunday, February 14th at 2 pm. You’ll learn about chickens, goats, bees, and veggies. Come one, come all, they’re free!

Okay, I’m sure there is more to say, but really… how many of you are still reading this post?

Caitlin

Approved!! New Urban Farm & Community Garden Legislation!!

This August, the Seattle City Council approved Council Bill 116907 that will help strengthen our city’s food security, and support Seattle’s residents in their efforts to increase urban agriculture. Much of our focus is on the new chicken allowances, with an increase from three to eight chickens allowed on residential lots, plus additional birds for larger lots associated with community gardens & larger urban farms. This is great news, as having eight productive hens dramatically increases a family’s ability to supply it’s own eggs, and the occasional stewing hen. However, roosters didn’t fare so well, as keeping roosters is now officially prohibited, with a grandfather-clause to allow for existing roosters. A boundary of ten feet from neighboring primary residential structures has also been set, allowing existing coops to be grandfathered in if built prior to the code change. Additional changes include creating clear definitions of key agricultural terms; expanding opportunities for community gardens and urban farms in all zones; allowing rooftop greenhouses a 15 foot exception to height limits; add farmers’ markets to the definition of a “multipurpose retail sales” use; and, allow existing urban horse farms greater than ten acres to operate as a permitted use in single-family zones. To read the whole text of the approved bill, follow this link: http://clerk.ci.seattle.wa.us/~public/CBOR1.htm and enter Council Bill No. 116907 For more info on the city’s Urban Agriculture visit http://www.seattle.gov/urbanagriculture/