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Local businesses help grow Bagley Elementary School garden

What do you think? Comments Off June 18, 2010 at 11:08PM

As My Green Lake reported in AprilDaniel Bagley Elementary is renovating its Outdoor Classroom and Learning Garden.   Since then, local businesses have been adding their support – and their shoulders  - to the cause.

The new organic edible garden will accommodate a planting bed for each of Bagley’s 18 classrooms, and one custom-made “community table” for weekend workshops.  Surplus produce will be donated locally.  The goal is to have students assembling beds and planting in September.

Today (June 18, 2010), staff from Windermere Real Estate’s Green Lake office got their cardio “staging” the Bagley garden in a volunteer work day. From 9 a.m. – noon, volunteers cleared brush and prepared for adding new fencing, trellis, benches and a large community table.

Recipe for a successful fundraiser

By far the yummiest events to date were two wine-tasting parties for Bagley parents hosted by Greenlake Wines in May and June.  Owner Richard Kinssies went above and beyond, loaning his space, donating 25% from the price of wines sold, and even to the point of extending the promotion through the day after the last event.

Kinssies, a well-known wine authority who has consulted to the French government and recently lectured at the Pacific Science Center, opened his wine outlet and bar earlier this spring. The space – at the intersection of Green Lake Way, 80th St. N, and Interlake Ave. N - is both elegant and comfortable.

Richard Kinssies with Andrea Huber and Trudy Tessaro, co-chairs of the Garden committee

Kinssies handpicked three wines for the tastings to accompany nibbles concocted by Bagley dad Chuck Tessaro.  The wine and food pairings included: Cono Sur Sparkling Brut NV (Chile) with crostini, smoked salmon, creme fraiche, and pickled red onion; 2006 Bridgeman White Table Wine (Yakima Valley) with risotto, spring pea pistou, toasted walnuts and pecorino; and 2005 Seven Peaks Pinot Noir (France) with rosemary and balsamic braised pork sliders, shaved fennel salad.


Bagley teacher Marguerite Humphrey, a leader on the Garden committee

Donors could purchase six-packs of wine, or pick a leaf from the “Giving Tree,” selecting an item to sponsor, such as a cedar garden bed.  Students hand-decorated menus saying “Thank you for Helping Our Garden Grow.”

Thank-you swag for party donors included “Rub with Love” herb rubs from famed restaurateur Tom Douglas, and reusable tote and wine bags from Whole Foods, Town & Country Markets and PCC Natural MarketsCedar Grove Composting has promised 20 yards of compost, so all Bagley had to come up with was the shipping fee.

According to organizers, the fundraising is almost there, but still needs help. Consider donating or forwarding to others who would support an organic, sustainable, and educational project for Green Lake kids.

From the Daniel Bagley Garden Committee:

We have held two successful fundraisers within the school community, be we still need funds to pay for the fence, trellis, curriculum materials and garden supplies.  We are following up with friends and neighbors like you to see if you can help.  Might you or your organization be able to donate to our school garden project?


* Donations are fully tax-deductible and eligible for employer matching.

* Donors of $250 and more will be honored on a permanent brass plaque in the garden.

* Donations made before July 12 help increase our matching grant application from the City of Seattle

Thank you. Our students are grateful for any amount you can donate.


Read more about gardening in Green Lake.

Read more My Green Lake articles written by Erica Browne Grivas, freelance journalist for hire.

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