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Sammamish Valley Alliance – planting the seeds of spring

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Sammamish Valley Alliance (SVA) is planting the seeds of spring, not only with the planning of their annual seasonal Celebration events, but also with the announcement of a new part-time executive director to help grow the non-profit organization.

The Sammamish Valley is an oasis of farmland surrounded by Woodinville Wine Country, the parks and technology of Redmond and the city of Kirkland. It is a wonderful place to visit year-round and farmers and business owners in the Valley are working together to highlight the agricultural bounty and artistic diversity of the bucolic setting. The SVA and its members are dedicated to fostering a lifestyle that celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Valley and stewardship of the land. With seasonal Celebration events held on three special weekends throughout the year and more activities being planned, SVA will increase awareness to the efforts in preserving and sustaining local agriculture.

The Sammamish Valley Spring Celebration will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3. Celebrate the spring season by exploring the beautiful Sammamish Valley. Visit farms, galleries and businesses to enjoy food and farm demonstrations; take a class; listen to music and chat with local artisans. You’ll find a variety of activities that celebrate springtime: learn about honey bees; sample freshly pressed apple cider; taste farm-fresh food and local wine; and enjoy a peaceful walk in a farm field.

There are 10 locations to explore this year. Participating farms and businesses include: 21 Acres, Apple Farm Village, BarnPlace Farm, Gathering Fabric, Minea Farm, Molbak’s garden + home, Morethana Farm, SAgE Collaborative, Woodinville CROP Hunger Walk and Woodinville Heritage Museum-The DeYoung House. Each location will have its own schedule of events during the Valley celebration. Specific days and hours vary with each location. All ages are welcome and some activities are free. Visit sammamishvalley.org for more information and links to what’s happening throughout the weekend.

SVA also recently announced that Brenda Vanderloop, community advocate and owner of Vanderloop Communications, is serving the non-profit as part-time executive director. According to Tom Quigley, SVA president, “There has never been a time when high-quality, locally produced food has been more on the mind of an increasing portion of the local community. The need to support and advance this effort is more important than ever.”

According to Quigley, Vanderloop will help further the vision of SVA by bringing more organization to the volunteer base, supporting the Celebration events and helping bring awareness and engagement to SVA in collaboration with community partners. Membership in SVA is one of the on-going initiatives.

“We are building a diverse member base,” Quigley added, “and we have the support of the Sammamish Valley Grange and King County DNR.”

Open to individuals, families, local businesses and organizations, members are being sought to help preserve local agriculture and “plant some seeds” with SVA.

For more information about membership, the Spring Celebration or to sign-up for the SVA e-newsletter, contact Brenda Vanderloop at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206-498-9731.

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