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Rain Gardens Galore!

Swamp Creek Map

from “North Creek and Swamp Creek Watershed Guidebook” by Snohomish County Public Works as seen on the Little Swamp Creek website (link)

Last year, Farmer Frog received a contract working with Earth Corps and the Sno-King Watershed Council to install rain gardens in the Swamp Creek watershed. The map shows the watershed area which originates near Paine Field (South Everett) and extends southeast under the freeway, toward Brier, eventually draining into Lake Washington.

If the term “rain garden” is new to you, a rain garden is a depression created in your landscape to allow rainwater from your roof or driveway to slowly soak into the ground instead of running off into the nearest stream or Puget Sound. Native soils are removed and replaced with a special blend of soil and then mulched with wood chips. , then mulched. Rain gardens are then planted with beautiful, hardy, low-maintenance native perennial plants, which can withstand drought and wet root conditions.

Coming Soon to Paradise Farm - Fergus and Sirius, the Livestock Guardian Dogs

Wildlife of Paradise Farm - Why Do Surveys
Sirius (near fence), and Fergus (behind). Bonding well already.

As you may have seen in the September 2017 Frog Blog, Farmer Frog’s Paradise Farm site shares its space with LOTS of wildlife. In the past year we have documented black bear, black-tailed deer, bobcat, owl, rabbit, coyotes and river otters, just to name a few, traveling through the fifteen-acre farm site which is located in the 793-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area.

The Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Why do habitat surveys?

The past three months at Paradise Farm have been very busy as Farmer Frog appreciated volunteers at July’s potluck, the Black Bear family grew and thrived, and people planted, harvested, and ate food together. Potluck attendees took a tour of the farm to see how Farmer Frog is bringing the farm site back into agricultural use with practices that support the Paradise Valley ecosystem.

Wildlife of Paradise Farm: Black Bears Project

Now that Farmer Frog has signed the lease with Snohomish County Parks & Recreation (April 15, 2017), activities have begun to discover the wildlife species who call Paradise Farm home. The farm is part of the 793-acre Paradise Valley Conservation Area located at the headwaters of the Sammamish watershed. The area features a 13-mile natural surface trail system open to hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use on approximately 130 acres while setting the rest aside for wildlife habitat.