At Lark, you’ll soon be eating 12th Ave-grown ‘lettuce and tender herbs’

(Image: Lark)

(Image: Lark)

A Capitol Hill restaurant is taking its dedication to locally sourced ingredients to a new level. Lark announced Friday it is collaborating on an urban garden high above 12th Ave atop the new Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing building:

We are thrilled to be partnering with Capitol Hill Urban Cohousing (CHUC) and Seattle Urban Farm Company in a new venture that redefines ‘local’ for Lark’s food sourcing. CHUC is nearing completion on their home of 12th Ave, a building that will house nine families under a rooftop farm. The farm has always been destined as a space where residents can grow food for their families. Early in the design process it was realized that there would be far more growing space than the residents could put to use for their own needs. We were thrilled to be invited to collaborate.

CHS reported here on the long journey for the families who came together to develop and construct their own multifamily building in the middle of Capitol Hill. The project will also break new ground in urban farming.

“Lark has always put tremendous effort into sourcing our food responsibly and choosing purveyors that adhere to our ideals of sustainability,” the restaurant’s announcement reads.

This partnership with CHUC allows us to take our commitment to the best ingredients to the next level. Lark will have a hand in choosing the crops for the CHUC rooftop garden, and reap a sizable yield each season. This month we’ll plant lettuces and tender herbs – quick crops that we’ll be enjoying by July. We have our sights on heaps of Romano beans, beets, chard and other delicious vegetables later in the summer and into autumn.

Lark joins a small set of Hill restaurants with a patch of dirt available to grow some of their own ingredients including Poppy and its off-Broadway herb garden. Volunteer Park Cafe, too, has a green thumb. Meanwhile, the Wandering Goose has kept its own bees. UPDATE: Add Terra Plata to the garden list.

In late 2014, Lark moved into its new home in the Central Agency building at 10th and Seneca from its longtime 12th Ave location.

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