Mission of the Georgetown Urban Farm and Forest
The Mission of the Georgetown Urban Farm and Forest AKA GUFF
is to grow healthy free organic food for our community and volunteers. Georgetown exists in a food desert and our community is inundated daily with toxic stressors from the surrounding industrial businesses that have been releasing pollutants in the air, water and soil for some time now.
Residents came together in 2015 and vocalized their support for coming up with solutions to help combat these stressors. Community members agreed that creating an urban farm / garden that grew fresh food and also green space for our community was one of the projects desired. In mid 2015 a few community members came together to start the Georgetown Urban Farm and Forest. Now a few years in and a few hundred pounds of fresh vegetables later we are looking for more members and input on how to make the GUFF even more effective and relevant to our greater community.
Come by anytime to say hello and follow us on Facebook to see current work party / event dates
Who We Are
The Georgetown Urban Farm is now fiscally sponsored by Seattle Parks Foundation and run by a feisty group of volunteers who believe that building community can manifest in many different ways, we are building our community through growing organic food in an urban setting. Although we do have a core team of volunteers we are always looking for excited people to join us in this project and add their own touch to the farm. Members also become recipients of the farms harvest, its a fun way to learn about and share food and knowledge.
The Georgetown Urban Farm and Forest (GUFF) was founded in mid 2015 after a long community prioritization process listed access to fresh foods and healthy affordable vegetables as a top priority. Georgetown currently exists in a food desert and many residents do not have access to larger grocery stores outside our community due to lack of transportation or income limitations and can't afford healthy and often times expensive food.
Shortly after receiving a grant from the Department of Neighborhoods and the Duwamish River Opportunity Fund (DROF), a few volunteers and fearless community members started working on building up an Urban farm with the purpose of growing healthy food for the community, creating community and greenspace.
One of the main purposes for building a community farm / garden in Georgetown was to grow healthy food for our community and especially after Georgetown residents received the results of the Health Impact assessment (HIA) results in late 2014, it seemed obvious that we had to do something to try to make a change. See below for HIA results that factored into community prioritization processes
(Excerpt from HIA)
Health status is relatively poor in South Park and Georgetown, and for ZIP code 98108 overall, Heart
disease rates in South Park and
Georgetown are 47% higher than the county average, while life expectancy is eight years shorter. In ZIP code 98108, childhood asthma hospitalization rates , and rates of lung cancer,
diabetes, and death from stroke are all higher. Environmental exposures, such as air pollution, industrial
releases, and contaminated sites, are among the highest
in the city.
-Condensed excerpt from the HIA-
Now in year three the goal of GUFF is sharing knowledge and connecting/ engaging more with the broader community. In 2017 we are striving to create more connections to other groups that support the improvement of the Duwamish Valley, health and social equity. One of the main reasons for developing the GUFF and working with other community groups and creating a healthy ripple effect so to speak.
It is the goal of GUFF to help alleviate or at least offset some of these troubling statistics by building community green space, growing fresh food and getting to know our neighbors through volunteer opportunities and events. If you would like to become a member volunteer please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org