Seattle’s Urban Farmers Are Reclaiming Public Space

Posted on Nov 17 2020 - 8:00am by UOG

Natalie Garcia tends to the community garden at the MLK FAME Community Center on Oct. 22, 2020. The existing garden was expanded by Black Star Farmers about four months ago and the group holds ‘stewardship parties’ every week to keep the garden going. “We are really lucky to have this space to come clear our heads and be together and tend to the land,” Garcia says. (Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut)

THECROSSCUT.COM – I can’t really tell if I’m doing much,” says Julie, a new volunteer for the urban farming coalition Black Star Farmers. She’s holding a dull machete and a file, learning to sharpen tools before using them to break down more plant parts into compost for a garden flourishing in a sea of concrete outside the MLK FAME Community Center.

“It doesn’t feel like you’re doing much in the beginning,” says Marcus Henderson, the group’s founder. “I would just start in one spot. Once you feel some resistance, you’ll feel like, ‘OK, it’s starting to take off.’ ”


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