Accepting resume’s for Urban Forest Restoration crew

April 19, 2016

Garden Cycles is accepting applications for field crew for restoration in Seattle Parks’ natural areas, mostly in the Duwamish Greenbelt in West Seattle.

The job entails physical work in rough terrain, mostly herbicide applications (we use protective gear), mostly cut & treat of invasive plants. We need people who have plant ID skills, who know the difference between Himalayan and native blackberries, between English holly and native Tall Oregon Grape. Can you distinguish English laurel or European hawthorn in the woods? We hone our ID skills as we work, but you need an interest and aptitude for efficiently eradicating invasive plants and preserving native plants. We look for people who have the capacity to push themselves physically, with consistent effort.

We offer flexible-time positions, primarily April through October, with winter work more sporadic. E-mail Steve Richmond with a resume or informal summary of your experience: gardencycles@hotmail.com. Or call (206) 650-9807.

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Wetland Restoration and “Lawn Diet” Grants

February 6, 2012

In 2012, King County Wastewater Treatment Division awarded Puget Creek Watershed Alliance a $40,000 grant over three years to restore Puget Creek’s headwaters at Sanislo Elementary School’s wetland. This school/community effort improved wildlife habitat and the natural sponge needed to filter the #1 polluter of Puget Sound – stormwater. Hundreds of trees were planted, ivy and blackberry replaced with woodchips and groundcovers, and students were taught about native plants. Garden Cycles managed the monthly workparties which ended in 2015.

In 2015, King County WTD also awarded a $20,000 grant to Sustainable West Seattle for “Lawn Transformations,” the purpose being to reduce the air pollution from mowing that is a component of stormwater (mowing contributes 5% of our nation’s air pollution), and to increase stormwater interception/filtration with healthier soils and evergreen vegetation. SWS choose Garden Cycles as the contractor for the yard make-overs.

Before

After

Most recently, King County Flood Control District awarded $5,000 to restore backyard natural areas in the Puget Creek watershed in West Seattle. The grant stipulates the removal of invasives and restoration of native vegetation on three properties and adjacent right-of-ways. Garden Cycles is currently working on seven properties.

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Garden Cycles Plants Alki “Flower Houses”

August 1, 2010

You’ll rarely find Garden Cycles planting for ornament only, but Alki realtor Randi Stone is one of the few homeowners taking steps to restore the greenbelt behind her homes at 1400 Alki Ave SW. So when she asked us to plant three year’s of flower display in her famous “Flower Houses,” Connie and Anni stepped up to do the dirty deed, and Garden Cycles owner hauled the soil. Ivy, blackberry, and chainsaws are taking away much of the root systems preventing the steep greenbelt from sliding at a faster rate. We hope others will follow her lead.

Randi Stone - the realtor behind Alki Flower Houses

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Garden Cycles Featured By Undriving.org as Undriver #2415

May 17, 2010

Steve Richmond was featured by undriving.org for the fact that he does 95% of his commuting by bicycle. Enjoy this short video presented by Undriving as Steve shows a different way to do business.

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Garden Cycles Awarded Five-Star EnviroStar Rating!

May 16, 2010

We are pleased to announce that King County’s EnviroStars Program has designated Garden Cycles as a Five-Star Certified Green Business.  For more information, please visit http://www.envirostars.org or call 1-877-220-7827.

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