Sustainable Crown Hill 4th Annual Green Halloween

Posted by on Nov 06 2010 | Tagged as: Green Choices, Local Fun

Square Dancing

Sustainable Crown Hill 4th Annual Green Halloween Dance Party

On October 30, kids and adults enjoyed an evening of dining, dancing, and hunting for inedible treasure to celebrate Halloween at the Crown Hill Activity Center.  The wet, miserable weather pushed the fun indoors but didn’t dampen spirits.  The lively music from Glenn Dudley, Jerry Berger, and Suzanne Giardot coupled with calling from Sherry Nevins got everyone off their feet moving in space.  Thanks to several rock club members from the North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club the lucky party goers scoured the darkened halls for 12 rock specimens (petrified wood limbs, chunks of obsidian from Oregon, nephrite, grossular, jaspagate chunks, polished beach agates from Whidbey Island, olivine samples from the Nooksack River, amethyst, quartz crystals, and calcite beauties, thundereggs and pumice).

Maybe we’ll see YOU next year!

Hallowe’en Hoedown 2010

Posted by on Oct 17 2010 | Tagged as: Green Choices, Local Fun

Sustainable Crown Hill Presents a Green Halloween Event

Hallowe’en Hoedown 2010

Saturday, October 30
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Crown Hill Activity Center
9250 14th Ave NW

Sustainable Crown Hill and the North Seattle Lapidary and Mineral Club have teamed up with local musicians and caller Sherry Nevins to create an all ages costume dance followed by a flashlight treasure hunt for rocks (obsidian, petrified wood, geodes…)

  • Potluck Meal at 5:30 PM – finger foods, leave the nuts at home!
  • Old Time Family Dance 6:00 to 7:00 PM
  • Flashlight Treasure Hunt 7:00 to 7:30 PM
Sustainable Crown Hill supports waste reduction (bring plates, cups, utensils)
Suggested Donation: $2 per person/ $5 per family

Don’t forget your flashlight, costume, and dancing shoes!

A Tale of Two Flours

Posted by on Feb 07 2010 | Tagged as: Food, Green Choices

With all the bigger-is-better, too-big-to-fail, merger mania that has swept the country in the last, say, 25 to 50 years, we have lost knowledge of where our food comes from. Many of these large companies don’t want you to know, and don’t want to be burdened with the requisite record keeping to let you know. After all they may not know the exact source and composition of the grain fed to those cows, and which feed lot the cow was at before a piece of its flesh arrived on a white styrofoam tray encased in plastic wrap. The concept of traceability is something many of the food mega-conglomerates would rather not encourage.

Stone-Buhr / Shepherd's Grain Flour

Stone-Buhr / Shepherd's Grain Flour

I often attempt to buy at least some of my food from trace-able sources, and this is often not easy to accomplish. Mega-stores like Whole Foods are probably no better, and it could be argued are actually complicit in the attempts to reduce traceability and consumer knowledge of food sources and composition. Many so called organic products are actually distributed and packaged by some of the largest agricultural entities in the world. Just look at the organic spinach fiasco from 2 years ago propagated by some of the biggest food companies. All you have to do is look at who owns who and you realize that real spinach grew in the ground and needs to have the dirt and sand washed off in a sink.  It doesn’t come pre-washed, in little plastic bags pumped full of just the right amount of inert nitrogen and product, then shipped from the Salinas Valley in California to Washington state via Texas. Similarly the peanut butter fiasco of a couple of years ago doesn’t lend any feeling of a safe or trace-able food chain … even companies like locally owned Cougar Mountain cookies were misinformed about the provenance of the peanut butter they were purchasing.

A few years ago, I tried to alter at least some of my buying habits to enhance my knowledge of the products I was purchasing, and the companies that made them, and the chain down to the farmer level. As at least some of you know, I make bread, and lots of it. A natural place to start, no?

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Sheet Mulching Hands-on Workshop

Posted by on Jul 29 2009 | Tagged as: Announcements, Green Choices, Permaculture, Urban Gardening

Sheet Mulching Hands-on Workshop
Saturday August 8, 2009  9 to 12
Kit and Dennis Galvin’s Lawn

Sustainable Crown Hill is putting on a Sheet Mulching and Lasagna Gardening Workshop.  These are methods for converting lawn and other areas into the healthy soil and garden space the easy way.  This workshop is for both people wanting to learn and those who are ‘old hands’.   Bring your curiosity, questions, and experience to share.  Using layers of different materials including cardboard, straw, manure, burlap, and even feathers, we will put into practice what we’ve learned help to covert a lawn to future garden space.

Please wear  garden clothes and sturdy shoes.  Work or garden gloves will be a plus.
For directions and information contact Kit at or 206.706.7663 evenings and weekends

Escargot anyone???

Posted by on Jun 05 2009 | Tagged as: Green Choices, Urban Gardening

Snail (Helix aspersa on Hosta leaf)

Snail (Helix aspersa on Hosta leaf)

Caught this not so little snail (25 mm high, 35 mm diameter) in the garden this morning rapidly devouring a Hosta leaf. Looks like the snail found all over California brought to this continent for eating purposes.

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Biking to Ballard Farmer’s Market

Posted by on Oct 04 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Green Choices

The Farmer’s Market at Ballard is open on Sundays from 10am to 3pm through November 23.
Join us on Sundays as we bike from Crown Hill to the Farmer’s Market.
Next expedition: Sunday, Oct 12 at 11am. Meet at the old Crown Hill Elementary School at
11am, at the 14th Ave entrance. Email Carol for details or questions at

Making Cloth Bags Event August 22, 2008 6:30 to 9:00 pm

Posted by on Aug 11 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Green Choices


Have you heard??  We’re going to have to start paying for our plastic habit at the grocery store.  You can avoid the hit to your pocket book, reduce your dependence on plastic and feel good about using something you made yourself.  Your bag will be a better conversation starter than your latest hairdo.

Join us on August 22, 2008 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm to make your own original bag (or 2 or 3) to store in your car or bike basket for your next shopping trip.  These one of a kind bags are made from fabric that was saved from the landfill and your personal *trash*.  The pattern is easy enough for beginning sewers and there will be others to help you out if you get stuck.

Bring a snack to share, your sewing machine, scissors, thread, rotary cutter and a cutting mat if you have one.  Also, if you want to incorporate a fancy pocket – bring a little *trash* goodie – something that shows off your decadence, your midnight indulgence, your organic-ness or whatever you just tossed in the trash can!

Hope to see you there!

August 22, 2008
6:30 to 9:00 pm
Abundant Life Church
9204 11th Ave NW
(in the church basement)

Local Potluck – Crown Hill Style

Posted by on Aug 01 2008 | Tagged as: Green Choices, Local Fun

Movie night this month night featured a local potluck before the main act. Fun and adventure, no rules, just sharing what we’ve learned. It was mid-July right? We should be getting WA state fruits and veggies in our local stores (or at least something from Eastern WA) Carol B was surprised to find most of the veggies whe wanted to top her ‘zucchini’ pizza at the PCC trucked in from California. Too late in the day for the University Farmers’ Market, she headed back to PCC for some Beechers Handmade Cheese. She enthused “… the montery jack was soft but held together- not crumbly, and that it gave a bit as I grated it.” She urged everyone to give it a try.

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Community Fruit Harvest

Posted by on Jul 30 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Green Choices, Urban Gardening

As your eyes and your bellies now know, fruit season is back again! We’d like to continue the work that we started last fall in gathering unwanted fruit from neighborhood trees and donating it to local food banks. We gathered several hundred pounds last year as part of the larger city effort that gathered about 18,000 pounds! Here’s how you can help:
  1. If you have fruit you won’t be using, let me know and when it will be ripe.
  2. If you know a neighbor who has a tree that they might be willing to donate from, go ask them and then let me know.
  3. If you’d like to join in on a picking session one weekday evening or weekend day in the next few months – you guessed it – let me know!
You can reach me by email ( or by phone (206-388-2781).
Here’s what I’ll do:
  1. Put together a list of trees that need to be picked.
  2. When one or more trees is ready to be picked I’ll send out a call to everyone that has said they’d be willing to pick to show up at a certain time and place if they’re able.
  3. Make sure we’ve got the tools and supplies we need to pick, package, and deliver everything to the food bank.
Sounds to easy to be true – it is!! Food banks will always tell you that fresh fruits and veggies are what the area’s hungry rarely get. We can help. Come join in if you can.

Shopping Bags, The Sequel: Friday July 11

Posted by on Jul 09 2008 | Tagged as: Announcements, Green Choices

JOIN US:  Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Abundant Life Church (9204 11th Ave NW)

We had a fun evening June 13 cutting fabric, snacking, gabbing, and sewing – a veritable hen fest.  We’d love to have some men join us this next time around.  We won’t be able to work as late since the second Walkable Crown Hill design charettewill be the following day.

On Friday, July 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Abundant Life Church (9204 11th Ave NW), we’ll make some more bags.  We cut out material for two sizes thanks to a pattern that Nikki found.  Feel free to invite others who might enjoy.

We didn’t get around to stenciling but if anyone knows how to do this or has materials, please bring and teach the rest of us.

Hope to see some friendly faces.


PS. Things to bring:
snack to share
sewing machine
rotary cutter and mat (if you have one)

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