Learning Garden at McAuliffe Park

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Kirkland Parks Foundation is partnering with Seattle Tilth to build a learning garden at McAuliffe Park.

The learning garden at McAuliffe Park will be located near an existing P-Patch and will be ideally suited to teach new and existing gardeners/urban farmers sustainable methods of producing food. Seattle Tilth will work in collaboration with the Kirkland Parks Department to offer compost education, organic gardening classes, cooking and nutrition programming and urban farming opportunities. Partnerships include Edible Kirkland and Kirkland Nourishing Networks programs and the site will provide opportunities for schools, community organizations and businesses.

The total cost to construct the learning garden is $15,980 and includes items such as a drip irrigation system, machinery, trellis materials, wheelbarrows, gardening tools, wood for raised beds and labor. With some funds and volunteer labor already secured, Kirkland Parks Foundation is committed to raising the remaining $7,800 needed in order to complete the project.

Building the learning garden will continue the historic legacy of McAuliffe Park which was established as a farm in 1887. This garden is one small step toward fulfilling the McAuliffe Master Plan.

Please consider donating to make this significant addition to our community a reality.

Let’s build a garden!




Project Details

The design for the learning garden is based on permaculture principles.
We are proud to partner with Seattle Tilth on this project.

Founded in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized nonprofit educational organization that inspires and educates people to safeguard our natural resources while building an equitable and sustainable local food system. They offer classes and hands-on training in sustainable urban agriculture and environmental stewardship for all ages. www.seattletilth.org
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The learning garden is the first phase of developing McAuliffe Park into an education center and urban farm for the community. It’s part of a broader agreement between the City of Kirkland and Seattle Tilth; the original agreement was approved in November 2014.


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UPDATE: 10/26/2016

Through your generous support, we are proud to announce that over the past year, Seattle Tilth has engaged more than 200 volunteers in building and maintaining a successful learning garden at McAuliffe Park.

Together with the help of many hardworking volunteers, Seattle Tilth designed and constructed the learning garden, planted crops and perennial shrubs, installed a drip irrigation system and developed educational signage, while providing educational opportunities for volunteers and community members in the process. For the Kirkland and Eastside community, the learning garden now offers a unique space to take hands-on classes and learn all about organic gardening and resource conservation, to engage community members of all ages in service learning, and to grow healthy food that is donated to Hopelink’s Kirkland/Northshore Foodbank. To view the estimated in comparison with the actual budget, please click here. To view Seattle Tilth's final report, click here.


UPDATE: 01/06/2016


Official check presentation. Left to right: Jenny Schroder - Kirkland Parks and Community Services; Emily Hudspeth, Dana Nunnelly & Sally Otten - Kirkland Parks Foundation; Andrea Dwyer & Chris Hoffer - Seattle Tilth and Nona Ganz - Kirkland Parks Foundation here

We did it!

Together we have completed the funding for the learning garden at McAuliffe Park, exceeding the goal of $7,800 with a total of $8,031 raised. These funds have been donated to Seattle Tilth and will be used to purchase plants, fruit and nut trees, trellis materials, signage, and gardening tools, among other things.


Volunteers have been hard at work making the garden beds and ready for spring planting. The learning garden will provide hands-on learning opportunities for the community with Seattle Tilth including volunteer training and classes, as early as this coming spring.

UPDATE: 11/24/2015

Learning Garden is the first step in a big plan for McAuliffe Park

Seattle Tilth was engaged by the City of Kirkland in the fall of 2014 to create an urban farm at McAuliffe Park that will be a center for learning about sustainable food production, fulfilling the City’s master plan for the park. Volunteer opportunities, classes and other educational programs at the learning garden will be the beginnings of a much bigger vision for engaging people of all ages to learn about growing and eating fresh food and making it available to other community members. McAuliffe Park has a rich history as an historic homestead, farm, and nursery. Stay tuned for new developments and opportunities as an urban farm comes to life at McAuliffe Park!

Q: What if I want to donate a custom amount?

A: Make a donation through our general donation page. Make sure to note in the "comments" section that you want your donation to go toward the Learning Garden.

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Q: Is the design complete?

A: Not yet. Once funds are raised the design process will begin.


Q: Will there be a water supply close to the garden?

 A: Yes. The garden will need a reasonable water source. The current thought is to build economical drip irrigation.


Q: What is the Bankcard Fee in the budget?

A: As we process donation given via credit card we pay a fee to the processing bank.


Q: When will the Learning Garden be completed?

A: If the fundraising goes as planned, it will likely be competed and in use by the Spring of 2016.


Q: What if the community does not come up with the funds necessary to complete the project?

 A: If there are not sufficient funds, and the Learning Garden is not built, donors will be contacted by the Kirkland Parks Foundation and given the choice of either changing the designated use of the funds or receiving a 100% refund.


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