The reopening centered around a recently completed TA (techincal adivisory) team improvement of the healthy foods section of the market and the introduction of fresh, locally grown, culturally-appropriate veggies.
Seattle Tilth had both their farm program team and a Garden Hotline educator, Sheri Hinshaw, providing a worm composting demonstration and language translated materials for Somali and other East African populations who attended on composting, checmical free lawn care, and the best veggies to get organically.
About 45 participants who strolled in over a 4-hour period, had the opportunity to sample African dishes, win raffle prizes, talk to Somali-Bantu United Peoples Farm food producers, and enjoy fun activities and purchase fresh healthy foods provided by United Peoples Farm.
The Healthy Foods Here project is partners with Seattle Tilth and King County Health’s CPPW Project supporting small local businesses selling fresh fruits and vegetables and promoting increased access to healthy foods for low-income residents in South King County.
The SeaTac Healthy Foods Here grand reopening re-introduced the community to the SeaTac International Market and bring awareness to the new healthy products and produce being locally grown by members of the Somali/Somali-Bantu community!