PHOTO ESSAY: Community Powers Urban Farm Fair Food System Plans
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by Sidney Aspinall and Azeb Tuji
Since 2017, the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) has been jointly operated by the Tilth Alliance and the Friends of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands.
“RBUFW is unique because it’s a working farm in the middle of the community, and it’s really focused on food production, [and] learn about food,” said Melissa Spear, executive director of Tilth Alliance.
Tilth’s community outreach for Rainier Beach Farm focuses on South Seattle and recognizes the diverse needs of the neighborhood’s immigrant and refugee communities.
“The other interesting thing about how we operate RBUFW is that not all programs are [the Tilth Alliance’s] programs. We have a lot of programs that are run by other community members who just run the site. We collaborate with them, we partner with them, we support them,” Spear said.
She says the importance of learning to grow food is its ability to give people control and sovereignty over their access to food. “It becomes less of a question of ‘Am I making enough money? Can I afford to go to the grocery store? Growing your own food gives you some control over what you eat, and it’s healthy too.
Sidney Aspinal was born and raised just outside of Seattle in the small town of North Bend, Washington. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Washington, double majoring in Journalism and Public Service Communications, and French.
Azeb Tuji is an interdisciplinary artist, multimedia writer, and community activist passionate about advocating for voices that are often pushed to the margins. They are currently graduates of the University of Washington, majoring in journalism and public service communications.
📸 Featured image: Larry Bosley, Dijana Steward and Alina Mikolajczyk (left to right) at the Tilth Alliance edible plant sale in Wallingford on Sunday May 8, 2022. (Photo: Azeb Tuji)
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