After some time away in the homeland, where Urban Land Army Saskatchewan is picking up speed, I returned to Headquarters to find the Bucket Brigade test buckets overflowing!
And then…..a salad in October. Not bad, eh?
Bucket Brigade was Urban Land Army’s first event, and was a big hit at both the St. Vincent de Paul food bank and at Headquarters in West Seattle. Over 100 winter veggie buckets found a home, including these two lucky ones that overlook the Seattle skyline:
Photos by Jerry Whiting, satisfied bucket customer
A big thanks to everyone at the food bank and to all who came out for a bucket on a rainy Saturday morning - we hope you have been eating well from them. Please send photos! And let us know if you have any questions about growing and eating the goods.
Also, many thanks to the West Seattle Blog and to KOMO 1000 News Radio for the publicity, and of course to the Urban Land Army Brigadiers who planted them up and staffed the booths.
Through Bucket Brigade, we rescued 110 plastic buckets from certain landfill death (they cannot be recycled in Seattle). But these were just the tip of the iceberg: the bakery that donated the buckets - Little Rae’s - goes through 20 of them every single week! And that’s only one bakery in a sea of bakeries in a big old wide world.
So here’s the plan:
- Urban Land Army and Little Rae’s will continue to stockpile the buckets and save them for Bucket Brigades in the spring. Get in touch if you want some for your Bucket Brigade!
- We are developing a Bucket Brigade Field Guide, which will walk you through how to hold a Bucket Brigade of your own. This will be available for purchase over in the Supply Shop.
- We will have a Bucket Brigade poster available as a free download, for advertising your event.
- We have loads of bucket stickers in stock, available for purchase.
The hiatus is over, the rains have come, and our heads are down. Back in business.