Join the P-Patch Program this spring

By Kate Morrison

Special to The Voice

Raised beds, plots are available around the city for those wanting to grow their own

The P-Patch Community Gardening Program, a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, oversees 90 P-Patches distributed throughout the city. Community gardeners grow food on 14.9 acres of the land and in addition, steward 18.8 acres for the public for a total of 32 acres.

Plots are now available at several gardens around the city. Most plots are 100 square feet and cost $43.00 annually. Help is also available to reduce or eliminate the cost of your annual fee. Gardeners grow vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers in their individual plots and participate in communal volunteer projects.

Each year, every gardener is required to donate eight hours to volunteer projects in the garden. As a P-Patch gardener, you also can participate in our Giving Gardens program that donates fresh produce to local food banks and meal programs. Last year, P-Patch gardeners donated over 63,000 pounds to Seattle’s emergency food system.

This woman tends to her plot at High Point's P-Patch, where she's growing beets, lettuce and a variety of herbs and sunflowers.

This woman tends to her plot at High Point’s P-Patch, where she’s growing beets, lettuce and a variety of herbs and sunflowers.

Check out the following gardens with available plots:
Burke-Gilman Gardens (Sand Point
Way NE & NE 52nd St.)
Jackson Park (13049 10th Ave NE)
Magnuson (7400 Sand Point Way NE)
Picardo Farm (25th Ave NE and NE
82nd St.)

Angel Morgan (3956 S. Morgan St.)
Courtland Place (3600 36th Ave S)
Estelle Street (3400 Rainier Ave S)
Hillman City (4613 S Lucile St.) – Ac
cessible, raised beds available
Hillside Garden (MLK Jr Way S &
S McClellan)
John C. Little (37th Ave South and
South Willow)
Oxbow (Corson Ave South and South
Warsaw St.)
RV Snoqualmie Senior P-Patch (2917
S Snoqualmie St.)
University District P-Patch (4009 8th
Ave NE)

Judkins (1111 24th Ave S) – Acces-
sible, raised beds only

Low-income and immigrant families living in Seattle Housing Authority properties garden and sell their produce to community members at two farm stands between July and October. The farm stands are located at NewHolly and High Point on Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) property. The gardeners work communally and sell the organic produce through farm stands.

The P-Patch staff work with the gardeners to develop and manage the gardens, along with selling and marketing the produce. Stop by when the Market Gardens open in mid-July for fresh tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and much more

Morrison is the P-Patch Community Gardening Program Supervisor.

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