Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland

Project Title: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetland
Landscape Architect: Berger Partnership
Category: General Design, Public Ownership
Award: Award of Merit
Location: Seattle, WA

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands (RBUFW) is the largest urban farm in Seattle and one of the nation’s first examples of public land used for commercial urban agriculture. To put it simply, it is a place where people can learn to grow food in the city, but as a project that has grown from a grassroots community effort, it has become so much more. The purpose of the farm is to create a multifaceted sustainable urban agriculture education center with a high level of community participation that provides food and resources for the community. The seven-acre site produces over 20,000 pounds of fresh affordable or subsidized produce each year for families in the Rainier Beach community struggling with food security. It provides educational opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth; nutrition and garden education programs; green jobs training and small business incubation that fosters economic development; and access to and education for a rare in-city restored wetland environment that improves habitat for native wildlife, all while strengthening community relationships.

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