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Maple Leaf home among "Top 25 Urban Farms"

July 11th, 2013 by master

For the third year in a row, the home Maple Leaf’s Stacy Brewer is on the coveted Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour.

The annual event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13, takes you to “Seattle’s Top 25 Urban Farms,” as voted on by expert panelists. From the website:

In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around the city, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, Central, as well as NE & SE outside of Seattle. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!

Cost is $12 for individuals; $10 for Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists; $5 for youths ages 4-15; $35 for groups or a family of three to six people; and $30 for groups or a family of Seattle Tilth members or a group of bicyclists; and free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are available online.

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Seattle Urban Farm School launches in Maple Leaf

April 24th, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf’s own Seattle Seedling blogger Stacy Brewer is taking her classes to the next level. This month, the organic gardener launched the Seattle Urban Farm School, where she will be “Helping gardeners grow, one lesson at a time.”

Upcoming classes include:

In the future, expect classes such as Lantern Love; Fall and Winter Gardening 101; and Crazy for Canning: Pickling 101. And if you’ve got ideas for future classes, Brewer is taking your suggestions.

For more information, go to Brewer’s Seattle Urban Farm School blog, where you can sign up for classes or for the e-newsletter.

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Get your hands dirty at Seattle Seedling's Spring Fling

March 2nd, 2013 by master

Maple Leaf resident Stacy Brewer is offering neighbors the chance to learn how her garden grows through Seattle Seedling’s Spring Fling, which will include a class on “Seeds and Seedlings,” followed by a lunch prepared by Brewer.

Photo from Seattle Seedling by Lori Eanes.

She writes on her blog that at the spring quarter class:

You will learn techniques for growing vegetables from seed, an economical and rewarding way to get your garden started. We’ll cover square foot gardening, seed sowing and strategies for thinning and transplanting new seedlings. This class will be hands-on and an awesome confidence booster for beginning gardeners! You’ll get the skills you need to get your own garden growing, whether you have a large garden or just a few containers on the balcony.

In addition to leaving with a full belly, you’ll also get a “garden nerd goody bag” filled with help from Brewer’s friends and Seattle Seed Co.

The first class March 30 is already full, but she’s got a few spots left in the April 7 class, which is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $50 and you can RSVP by emailing Brewer at

UPDATE: The April 7 class is also now full, so Brewer has added two more classes May 4 and 11, also from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. She notes that participants will be working on her Giving Garden during the hands-on portion of each class, and that children 10 and older may participate.

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Seattle Seedling author offers another mosaic class

October 12th, 2012 by master

This summer, a group of Maple Leaf neighbors and others gathered to create mosaic flowers at the home of Stacy Brewer, author of the Seattle Seedling blog and a Maple Leaf gardener extraordinaire.

Flower mosaics
Flower mosaics created at summer class. Photo courtesy Stacy Brewer’s Seattle Seedling.

If you like the above mosaics, which are the creation of the group, we’re not trying to taunt you. Brewer is actually offering another mosaic class next month, and she writes about it on a recent Seattle Seedling post:

This summer, a series of serendipitous events led to me hosting the most delightful mosaic class in my dining room (see the post about it here). I didn’t expect it, but I loved every minute of it. It was so much fun and I got so much feedback after hosting the class from people wanting more, I vowed to host another class. Well, I think it’s time to get one on the books. Whether you want to take it to make a gift for someone for the upcoming holidays or you just want to learn something new, I think we’ll have a blast! My experience hosting the last class taught me that this is super fun to do with good friends, so rally your bffs to join you! We’ll get our hands dirty with some creativity and will nosh on yummy snacks and drink good wine while we do it. So who’s in?

The class is from 6:45-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, and costs $50. You’ll learn the basics to making mosaics, plus Brewer will provide everything you need to create the above flower mosaics.

To reserve your spot for this intimate class (limited to eight students), email Brewer at

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Mosaic class, eggs for sale from Stacy Brewer

August 6th, 2012 by master

Once again, the Maple Leaf stop on this year’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour was at the home of Seattle Seedling author Stacy Brewer. But in addition to her chicken coop, her mosaic also was a big hit among visitors.

So much so that Grace Seidel, organizer of the Maple Leaf Summer Ice Cream Social, convinced Brewer to teach a mosaic class starting at about 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to the first eight people who reserve their spot with her at She tells us:

We’ll have a two-hour session to make flower stones – the little tile mosaic flowers I put on large river rock. That will give everyone an opportunity to work with ceramic and thinset adhesive and I’ll be able to demo a few other things that should give you the tools you need to do any project. It’s $50 per person and I told Grace, I could host 8 people max (assuming everyone understands that we’ll be cozy and will be working in my dining room/kitchen).

You can see samples of her mosaics for sale on her Etsy page. And while you’re there, maybe you can pick up a few of her eggs, too! As Brewer wrote on her Seattle Seedling blog, she’s selling the egss her famous chickens lay for $2/half-dozen.

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