Fourteen executives of Silver Creek Capital Management LLC came together with face masks and social distancing to prepare new planting areas for Yes Farm, a 2-acre urban farm run by the Black Farmers Collective.
Bob Ratliffe, president of the alternative investment firm; Leanne Kolb, chief financial officer; Warren Clemans, general counsel, as well as a broad cross section of the investment and back-office executives spent Aug. 19 spreading compost, removing non-native plants and prepping soil. The day was spearheaded by a Silver Creek director of business operations, Laurel Webb, who has been with the firm for 20 years.
"It is clear that Seattle has had its share of challenges, and we are committed to being a part of the solution beyond providing investment returns," Mr. Ratliffe said.
Yes Farm is a local urban farm in Yesler Terrace, one of Seattle's first publicly subsidized housing communities. Located on part of a Washington State Department of Transportation right of way along Interstate 5, the agricultural farm aims to "grow the freshest, healthiest food possible by people of color for people of color," said the website of Black Farmers Collective, a network of cutting-edge Black farmers and growers in Seattle.
"We are investing our time in our community, alongside organizations like the Black Farmers Collective, to further their mission of creating a more sustainable and equitable future for communities of color by eliminating food scarcity," Mr. Ratliffe said.
Silver Creek has $7 billion in assets under management.