The mission of Sustainable NE Seattle is to support the transition of our community toward resilience and sustainability.
Connecting for a sustainable community
Connecting for a sustainable community

Hands On! A Community Skills-Share Fair

Seventh Annual Skills Fair – Feb 11, 2017

Sustainable NE Seattle is collaborating with Meadowbrook Community Center to offer our 7th annual HANDS ON! community skills–share fair. FREE all day

Workshop Schedule

What is a skills fair?

A day of sharing practical skills with our neighbors – we will have short workshops on a wide variety of skills, from knitting to basic carpentry to soil building. The day will include a homemade soup luncheon with speaker Bill Thorness, speaking on "Successful Seed Starting." Gardening author Bill Thorness will discuss timing and techniques for getting your garden started from seed. He'll share what seeds you can start indoors, what to sow directly in the garden, how to avoid problems with seedlings, and how to figure out when to start different crops. Bill Thorness is a writer, editor and gardener who’s been working and gardening in Seattle since the mid-1980s. He is the author of two gardening books: Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round and Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden (both from Skipstone Press). Bill is a columnist for Edible Seattle and writes for many regional publications, including The Seattle Times and PCC Sound Consumer. He is a former board president of Seattle Tilth and a Master Gardener in King County. .


Saturday, Feb 11th, 2017
Skills from 10-5, Lunch at 12:30


Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125


  • Building resilience – If we can build a neighborhood where we know how to take care of our needs close to home – we are more likely to do well in difficult times
  • Growing Community – If we work together, share resources, eat and celebrate together, our community fabric grows stronger!
  • Reducing waste – if we can repurpose that old sweater, it stays out of the landfill.

Some of the 2017 class offerings

  • Building Productive Garden Soil
  • Growing MicroGreens
  • Fermentation Made Easy
  • Basket weaving & Upcycling Clothing
  • Coffee Roasting
  • Basic Carpentry & HandsOn Wiring Basic
  • iPhoneography
  • Bike Repair & Electric Bike Conversions
  • Seed Saving
  • Make it Yourself Herbal Remedies such as Herbal cough drops, Yarrow salve, Linament (or soothing massage oil), Bath salts to soothe achy muscles
  • Soap Making, Soap Rebatching & Making Herbal Tinctures