Done in a Day is a hard working committee that develops inspiring and motivating projects that enable the Junior League of Seattle membership to get directly involved with volunteer opportunities across the Puget Sound area. Seattle Tilth is an organization whose mission is to inspire and educate people to grow food organically, to conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Part of their curriculum involves educating children through providing a safe and fun place to learn how to tend a garden and take care of the environment through school groups, summer camps, and working together with their families. Due to the fact that the mission of Seattle Tilth and that of the Done in a Day (DIAD) committee are harmonious, the Junior League of Seattle has been pleased to partner with them to offer service shifts for our members in order to make a positive impact in our community.
During our first service shift with Seattle Tilth, Junior League of Seattle members visited their Good Shepherd Garden in Wallingford on a blustery fall afternoon. Members composted leaves, scattered mulch, harvested lavender, fortified worm habitats, and helped put the gardens “to bed for winter” at Seattle Tilth’s the adult learning center. Members were invited to bring their children and were excited to be able to partake in a variety of activities. Since most attendees were true gardeners at heart, we were thrilled at the educational lecture on composting we received by an industry expert. As an added bonus, we were all invited to take home bouquets of fresh lavender!
On the second service shift with Seattle Tilth, members chopped down English ivy, Himalayan blackberries, and English holly along a 200-foot long fence. It was important to get at the blackberries before the birds and animals ate them and spread them all around which would ultimately cause long term root damage to the surrounding vegetation on the wetlands. Cultivating the local wetlands is a project that the folks at Seattle Tilth are trying to grow for their various programs. The ivy, as we all know, can strangle a tree, and in some cases, left unattended over the years, cause its death. It was a huge satisfaction to all when we could look down 200 feet of bare fence at the end of the day and understand our full accomplishment! A few more of our members were given the opportunity to plant lettuce seedlings in one of the many greenhouses on site.
The remaining two service shifts for the year are pending, but one this is for sure, Seattle Tilth is an excellent partner, one that we have had a lot of fun working together with, and certainly one that we would like to see many more exciting projects with over the coming years.