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frost free.

Seattle and Tacoma Area Director, Brett harnesses his delight to see the sun return to Portland!:

“The JVC Northwest community garden is looking bright with tulip blooms and ready for spring planting.  I’ve been inspired by the diligence of current Mac House JV, Anthony who has been hard at work preparing the beds and is just about ready to get his starts from the window sill into the ground. Plans are also in the works for assigning new plots, spreading mulch, and re-painting our sign in the community garden.  Feel free to call the office, step on in, or send an email to info@jvcnorthwest.org to let me know if you are interested in taking part or lending a hand!

April in the garden:  Whether you are getting back into your garden after winter dormancy or transitioning from a winter crop, the weather has settled down a bit and most areas in the Maritime Northwest are frost free by mid-April.  This is the time to pull small weed seedlings and to transplant vegetable and flower seedlings to the garden. Some planting suggestions from Seattle Tilth include chives, leeks, carrots, cilantro, dill, broccoli, beets, swiss chard, snap peas, quinoa, potatoes, and tomatillos.  Yum!

Who inspires me:  For more ideas on getting involved in your own local food revolution and building community through urban agriculture I like to check out what’s new at MacArthur genius Will Allen’s Growing Power website. 

Happy Spring time!”

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"JVC Northwest 101: Service and Community"

Thursday, April 7 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
Learn about all that makes a year of service with JVC Northwest unique. We’ll talk about the opportunities available, what intentional community looks like, and dive into our values of social and ecological justice, simple living, and spirituality/reflection. There will also be plenty of time for Q+A. Register here. 

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Wednesday, April 20 | 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT
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Zayna Abusada

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JVC Northwest Recruiter

Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.