Northwest NEWS

April 3, 2000

Home & Garden

Root Connection opens for season

   WOODINVILLE--The Root Connection and Living Legacy Community Ranch (LLCR) will kick off their season on Saturday, April 8, by selling plant starts, giving tours of the farm, and hosting a horse riding demonstration.

   Root Connection founder Claire Thomas will give tours showing people what the co-op grows and explaining what crops grow best in this climate, said her sister and co-worker Rita Bates. People can also sign up for full or half-shares of the harvest, which will yield one bag of produce per share per week.

   The Root Connection was one of the first CSA (community supported agriculture) "share farms" in the country, said Bates. Members can either pay cash or work off all or part of their shares.

   Opening day will feature herb and vegetable starts for sale and the Children's Horsemanship Rally. LLCR started a program last fall to teach children how to ride, understand, love, and safely take care of horses, said Bates.

   Root Connection's store will officially open for full-time produce sales around June 1, but might be open for some vegetables, like tomatoes, on some weekends in May, said Bates. Keep an eye out for announcements on their reader board at 13651 Redmond-Woodinville Rd.