The Ballinger Neighborhood Community Garden is an off-shoot of the Ballinger Neighborhood Association consisting of community members passionate about all things green that take root and grow. We started in 2009 with a vision of what could be possible on a blackberry covered slope behind the now closed Aldercrest Elementary School on NE 200th in Shoreline, WA.
During the beginning years we demonstrated to the City of Shoreline that we are serious gardeners who believe in our diverse community and the practice of ‘active giving back’ and are no longer considered a ‘Garden Project’ but instead a full-fledged Community Garden.
We have come a long way since. In 2010, we built raised beds and harvested 35 pounds from an area set aside for the Hope Link Food Bank. Last year we added two more large areas for food bank donation and were able to harvest 100 pounds of green beans, squash and tomatoes. It was immensely satisfying and energizing, so each year we create an additional bed designated for giving.
Our community garden continues to evolve with the addition of a rain barrel watering system, tool sheds, compost bins, a small greenhouse this spring as well as the ongoing addition of comfortable stumps and benches to remind us to sit and enjoy together the beauty of our shared creativity. Thank you to all who have made this possible!
Location of Our garden: