A parking lot might be the last place you would go to connect with nature in a city. But World Relief Seattle partnered with Hillside Church to fill a parking lot with nature for the Kent community.
The Hillside Paradise Parking Plots comprise a community garden where refugees, immigrants and neighbors come together to grow food, build community and so much more. Now, the community garden is adding something new: trees. Some will be part of a food forest and others will replace a hill of invasive blackberries.
In July, Lucas McClish, World Relief Seattle’s Community Garden Coordinator, worked with high school interns to learn more about the Washington native trees that will soon be added to the site. Lucas and two of the interns, Kupa and Song, then traveled to Mill Creek Earthworks park to find the trees they researched. Both of these interns walked away with a little more knowledge – and a little more inspired about trees.
Banner photo by Hannah Letinich.
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