Kombucha For Your Plants Created By Local Mom
In case you hadn’t heard, microbes rule the world as our tiny, yet all-powerful, overlords. Through complex networks of relationships, they boost or withhold health in us, in our plants, and for the planet.
Dr. Sarah Pellkofer, 34, was struck by those relationships in her Ph.D. studies in Switzerland, seeing how certain bacteria and fungi extended a plant’s root development and ability to take up and use key nutrients.
Her research – which tagged nutrients with dyes and followed their progress through the plants – showed her that the greater diversity of species living in the soil, the better the plants ate.
“It was real testament that we need more diversity in the ground. That’s what we would see in a forest or natural grassland. If you look in urban or heavily farmed soils, we don’t see that diversity,” she said.
Knowing that soils are depleted worldwide from chronic use of chemical fertilizers – which leave the soil weaker with each use – and from increased urbanization, Sarah began to look for a way to empower people to help the planet from the soil up.
“I wanted to give people the power to bring the soil back to life in their own backyards,” Sarah said.
After completing her Ph.D, Plant Probiotics was born in 2015 here in Seattle. It’s already in nine Seattle shops. Greenlaker met Sarah at her Northwest Flower and Garden Show booth where we learned she heads MicraCulture LLC out of her Wallingford home.
The overall idea isn’t new, Sarah points out – farmers have used bacteria on a larger scale to renew soil depleted from heavy-feeding crops for years.
She chose bacteria that are found in many environments around the world, and wanted to make it easy to use.
The product, which looks like espresso dust, comes in either a bag or a handy shaker. Each 2-ounce package covers 100 sq. feet of soil; it calls for a ¼ teaspoon per square foot.
That dust contains the building blocks of life for several beneficial bacteria and fungi, activated by adding water. You can use it on your outdoor plants, houseplants, or even to supercharge your compost pile – especially helpful in our heat-challenged climate. You can even use it hydroponically.
You can’t overuse it, Sarah says, and it will help any other amendment (like lime or kelp) be better absorbed.
How does it work? Sarah says it’s a win-win for the microbes and the plants. The bacteria gain sugar to eat, and in exchange help extend roots, fend off diseases and pests, and break down nutrients for the plants to digest.
She claims it can:
- Double the ability of your plants’ ability to uptake nutrients (and fertilizer)
- Decrease your water costs by improving plant’s water use
- Remove pollutants and maintain your garden’s health safely without endangering the environment (like chemical fertilizer runoff does)
With mounting evidence that breathing spores from active soils is good for maintaining a healthy gut microbiome, healthier soils should help the gardener too.
If you want to learn more about how to harness the power of microbes, check out “The Hidden Half of Nature,” by David R. Montgomery and Anne Bikle – who, amazingly, also live in Green Lake.
Green Lake Wading Pool Opening Date Announced
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As a Green Lake parent, one of the first signs that summer is getting closer is when the Green Lake Wading Pool opening date is announced. Well hold onto your sun hats people, because the Parks Department just announced that date is June 23rd.
The wading pool will be open from 6/23 through 9/3 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, go to the Sprayparks and Wading Pools website.
Public Meeting Scheduled To Discuss Zoning Modifications of Daniel Bagley Elementary
Daniel Bagley Elementary School is scheduled to have some large scale renovations starting next year. And we just received notice of a development meeting where the Seattle School District is requesting modifications from the city zoning regulations. The two areas are an increased building height and less than required on-site parking.
Here’s all the details on how you can weigh in:
The public is invited to discuss the development plans for Daniel Bagley Elementary School located at 7821 Stone Ave N. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. at Green Lake Elementary School, 2400 N. 65th St. The Seattle School District is requesting modifications (known as a “departures”) from select City zoning regulations for the following:
- Increased building height.
- Less than required on-site parking.
The Seattle School District will make a presentation on the requested modifications before the Daniel Bagley Elementary School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors, and Seattle School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to provide comments. Following public comments, the committee will deliberate and consider the District’s requests. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.
If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by Monday, April 23 to:
Mailing Address: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649 Seattle, WA 98124-4649
For additional information or to request an interpreter (by April 18) for the meeting, contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.
How Seattle is Battling the Drug Addiction Epidemic
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Back in August of last year, it was widely reported that 2016 statistics showed two-thirds of drug-related deaths cited opioids as the cause. Last year, over 80% of heroin addicts in Washington state had previously been prescribed opioids by their doctors – they became addicted to their prescriptions, and subsequently moved onto heroin as those addictions took a deadly grip.
Fentanyl, for example, one of the opioids most abused nationwide, continues to cause a steady rise in overdoses year-on-year in Seattle, and it is now starting to appear in various newer forms, such as counterfeit oxycodone tablets and synthetic fentanyl, also manufactured illegally.
These stats may appear frightening simply because they are, yet they are only a mirror to the rest of the U.S. as authorities strive to deal with this very real epidemic. The big question for the citizens of Seattle, and those of the entire Washington state, is this:
How are cities like Seattle battling this seemingly out-of-control epidemic, where, as ever, the youngest in our society are the most at risk?
Seattle: The First U.S. City with a Safe-Injection Facility
With ongoing funding presenting hurdles, Seattle still hopes to open the country’s first safe-injection facility later this year. The facility is seen by Seattle’s Housing, Health, Energy and Working Rights committee as the first step towards treatment for many addicts who feel they simply cannot bring an end to their respective addictions.
Although similar programs have emerged successfully on a global scale, and actually reduced the number of fatal overdoses in those countries, opposition to the safe-injection facility in Seattle remains strong: “We need to stigmatize the people hooked on heroin who refuse to go into treatment, to save their lives,” says Washington State Senator Mark Miloscia.
In fact, on March 14, 2018, Snohomish county voted on and passed legislation to permanently ban any future supervised safe-injection sites within their given authority.
New Legislation to Provide Medication-Assisted Treatment for Seattle’s Opioid Addicts
Senate Bill 6150 and House Bill 2489 are two new pieces of legislation requested by Washington state Governor Jay Inslee, which aim to fight addiction by treating it as a medical condition rather than a choice. It involves the creation of six new regional networks to connect affected communities and healthcare professionals to a central “hub” that provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for substance addiction.
Rep. Eileen Cody, D-Seattle, the chair of the House Health Care & Wellness Committee who sponsored the House bill, said evidence shows that MAT is an effective approach to what is called opioid-use disorder, and would provide easier access to a drug rehab center in Washington for the state’s residents, if required.
“I think the opioid crisis helped the society at large to understand that addiction is not a failing of a personality,” Cody said. “We should treat it as any other chronic disease, not just as some human making bad choices.”
Costing around $8.9 million a year to implement, with additional funding from marijuana taxes, the bills include a first-in-the-nation initiative to provide MAT to offenders in jail.
A Myth Debunked: Addiction Treatment is Affordable
Washington state officials currently estimate that around 90% of its residents who meet the criteria for substance abuse disorder are actually not receiving the services they need, and one of the biggest myths surrounding such treatment is that it is unaffordable to the majority of those.
It is true to an extent that drug rehab isn’t cheap, because it isn’t; however, there are many options and professional services available to those with health insurance, including rehab. Health insurance companies are required by law to provide treatment services for people who are attempting to recover from a substance abuse disorder.
Recovery from opioid addiction, in particular, is not easy, but it is exceptionally rare if the addict cannot access professional help. Those in Seattle without health insurance, such as the homeless, should not give up hope of rehab as there are grants available, as well as a host of other possible options.
Seattle, along with every other metropolis in the U.S., is attempting to put in place everything it needs to battle the drug addiction epidemic, from a safe-injection facility, to new legislation proposing MAT for the state’s addicts, even to debunking the myth around a simple thing like affordability.
Are these initiatives the answer? If you have any thoughts or ideas on this topic, please share with a comment below.
Is It Green Lake Or Greenlake?
Businesses, city documents, blogs… they all write it differently. So which is it? I contacted the Seattle Parks and Recreation to settle this debate once and for all.
Laurie Dunlap, with the Superintendent’s Office, returned my email, saying, “It’s two words: Green Lake (the body of water), Green Lake Park, Green Lake Community Center, etc.”
She pointed me to an article on HistoryLink.org that says way back in September 1855, when surveyor David Phillips and his team wrote “Green Lake” (two words) in their field log.
“Their late summer visit coincided with the appearance of seasonal algae blooms and may explain the name they entered on the survey map,” the article says.
Editor’s note: You will have probably noticed that we refer to Green Lake as two words except for our namesake – Seattle Greenlaker. What gives? Frankly, Green Lakers sounded like we were Lakers fans not from Green Lake. So we created a new word – Greenlaker to describe anyone who lives or visits Green Lake.
Easter In Green Lake
via Red Tricycle
There are several Green Lake churches offering Easter Sunday services including Bethany Community, St. Andrews, Green Lake United Methodist and Green Lake Presbyterian.
Spring Egg Scramble
Saturday, March 31
Bring a bag or basket to hunt for eggs.
Green Lake Community Center, come rain or shine. Meet first in the gym of the Community Center and then each age group will be lead out to the lawn or tennis court for some egg hunting fun.
10 a.m. ages 1-3; 10:30 a.m. ages 4-6; 11 a.m. – ages 7- 10
Bunny Bounce at Woodland Park Zoo
Saturday March 31 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hop, skip and jump to Woodland Park Zoo for the 17th annual Bunny Bounce, featuring amazing egg hunts for children ages 1–8, crafts, bunny encounters and eggs-citing zoo programs throughout the day. Space may be limited. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Orangutans, lemurs, grizzlies, and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. See the full schedule of events below for specific animals.
Schedule of Events:
10:00 a.m. – Jaguar
10:00 a.m. – Lions
10:45 a.m. – Snow Leopards
11:30 a.m. – Kunekune Pigs
11:30 a.m. – River Otters
11:45 a.m. – Asian Small–clawed Otters
12:00 p.m. – Grizzlies
1:00 p.m. – Anoa
1:00 p.m. – Sloth Bears
1:00 p.m. – Ring–tailed Lemurs (weather dependent)
1:30 p.m. – Red Ruffed Lemurs (weather dependent)
1:30 p.m. – Meerkats
1:30 p.m. – Visayan Warty Pigs
2:00 p.m. – Penguins
2:30 p.m. – Wallaroos and Wallabies
Price: Free with zoo admission or membership
For more information, go to the Zoo’s site.
April 2018 Happenings In And Around Green Lake
It probably won’t come as a shock to you that most of our April events evolve around food. (It’s one of our favorite subjects here at SG.) From Seattle Restaurant Week to a food walk and a donut dash. Here’s a few events to have on your radar this April.
Seattle Restaurant Week begins April 2 and runs through the 19th (Fri – Sat and Sunday brunch excluded)
3 course dinners for $33
$18 lunch at select locations
Check out participating restaurants at srweek.com
Green Lake Food Walk
Saturday April 28
The Green Lake Food Walk is an edible tour of Green Lake. A wristband (purchased via the link above) grants entry to participating businesses that will be handing out samples of food and drinks. Participating businesses include: Rosita’s, Duke’s, The Woodlands Wood Fired Pizza, Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, PCC and more.
Tickets are $10 for kids 10 and under and $15 for adults – note a small service fee applies.
Seattle Entrepreneur Conference, which takes place at the Ballard Public Library on Friday, April 27. This full-day event will help Seattle-area business owners build their confidence, connections, customers and cash.
You’ll meet other Seattle entrepreneurs and learn from experts about topics like…
• Increasing your confidence
• Using storytelling in business
• Finding high-level mentors
• Online marketing that brings in leads
• Social media for business (Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube)
• PR, accounting, and legal for small business
Tickets are free, and available from Eventbrite or Facebook.
2018 Top Pot Doughnut Dash Seattle
Sunday April 29 8:30 a.m.
Starting and finishing near the Green Lake Park Community Center and the basketball courts, the 3.1 mile course moves in a clockwise direction utilizing the streets and inner path of the park.
Net proceeds from the event will be donated to Childhaven.
Registration information here.
Free Form Dance Dance
Come to dance in whatever style you’d like. This group meets every week and plays music from all continents and from every era since the 1950s. Doors open at 10 am every Saturday, music begins 10:20 a.m. and after 80 minutes of music, a very short closing circle the dance party comes to a close by noon.
For more info about this group, go to their website freeformdancedance.com.
All ages welcome. (The group says they have regular attendees ages 3 – 90 years old.)
Northgate Community Center, 10510 – 5th Avenue NE, Seattle.
Note: in April the group will have a temporary venue change. (Once every two years the studio the group rents closes for maintenance and the beautiful dance floors get entirely redone.) April 14 and 21 Freeform Dance Dance will be at Richmond Highland Recreation Center in Shoreline. Then, back to the regular space at Northgate Community Center, 10510 – 5th Avenue NE, Seattle.
Some Changes Coming to Seattle Greenlaker This Spring
You may notice that Seattle Greenlaker is slightly less active this spring. Any day now we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Green Lake’s newest little one. But that doesn’t mean that Seattle Greenlaker will go dark. Our contributors have been working on some great posts that we will be sharing with you over the next few weeks. Stories such as:
- Spotlighting a local mom that is transforming the gardening space with a new kombucha-like product for plants.
- We help settle the debate of whether it is Green Lake or Greenlake.
- And of course we have loads of events and activities that are coming to Green Lake.
We will be intermittently monitoring Facebook and email, but please, have a little patience with us as we raise one of Green Lake’s newest arrivals. And as always, thanks for reading our blog.
Restaurant Openings This Week In Green Lake
More Green Lake restaurant news!
We are also hearing that Tapas Lab did a soft launch this week. As previously reported little is known about this restaurant, except for the name. Thanks to Shelly, for giving us a tip that she heard that the new small plate restaurant had a soft opening, we were able to confirm that via Yelp. A March 21 review showed a picture of the food and drink and favorable review of the restaurant. According to Yelp, the hours are Tuesday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the menu includes items such as salads, tacos, chicken skewers and more. Because the restaurant does not have a website or social media, it is hard to verify any additional info, but we are working on more info! Stay tuned.
Tapas Lab is located at 7012 Woodlawn Ave NE
Blank Space Cafe, the Asian dessert café opens this Saturday with a soft launch and limited hours. Check out our recent post with perks just for Greenlakers.
Blank Space Cafe 7214 Woodlawn Ave NE
In case you missed it: Last Friday Lunchbox Laboratory opened in the previous Green Lake Bar and Grill location. The space got a bit of a facelift with new paint and decor but the main difference is the expansive burger centric menu. Happy hour daily from 3 – 6 p.m. and 9 – close, includes slider sized burgers, appetizers such as fried pickles, totchos, Caesar salad and drink specials. Here’s the full menu. Open daily from 11am-close, weekend brunch hours are also coming soon.
Seattle Public Theater’s ‘Ironbound’ Opens Tonight
Seattle Public Theater is running a new show that previews tonight and runs through April 15.
Here’s the info:
At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, and three relationships, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s IRONBOUND is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury—and a liability—as she fights to survive in America.
Co-Artistic Director Kelly Kitchens selected IRONBOUND for Seattle Public Theater’s 2017-18 Season because it provides a complex, nuanced look at a working-class, immigrant single-mother and the battles she must fight, as well as the dreams she puts to rest just to scrape by. “Majok gives voice to those struggling to make it by another day,” says Kitchens. “This play is written by a female playwright and at its center is a fully realized, gritty, funny, flawed, hardworking, heartbreaking female protagonist. For all those reasons and more, I knew this was a story that Seattle Public Theater had to produce. The intimate setting of our theater will allow the audience to immerse themselves in this story; to sit at that bus stop with Darja as her life unfolds and unravels gives a face and a heart to the struggles of so many who are trapped by both the consequences of their own decisions and things simply out of their control.”
Award-winning local and regional actress Alexandra Tavares (The Seagull Project) will be stepping into the role of Darja for the production. She’s joined by actors Roy Stanton (Tommy), Arjun Pande (Maks), and Nathan Brockett (Vic), who round-out IRONBOUND’s four-person cast.
The production and design team for IRONBOUND includes Kelly Kitchens (director), Mike Dooly (assistant director), Julia Welch (scenic), Thorn Michaels (lighting), Rob Witmer (sound), Kelsey Rogers (props), Emily Cawley (dialect coach), and Ariel Bui (stage management). Sara Keats of The Umbrella Project will act as the dramaturg for the production.
Preview: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Opening Night: Friday, March 23rd, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 24th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, March 25th, 2018 @ 2pm
Thursday, March 29th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Friday, March 30th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, March 31st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 1st, 2018 @ 2pm
Thursday, April 5th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 6th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 7th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 8th, 2018 @ 2pm
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Friday, April 13th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15th, 2018 @ 2pm
SPT 7312 West Green Lake Drive North, Seattle, WA 98103
TICKETS: $17 – $34 General Admission http://seattlepublictheater.org