Come to Dinner for Belltown P-Patch, April 24-30

Tavolata InvitationBelltown P-Patch Community Garden is proud to be partnering with the fabulous Ethan Stowell restaurant Tavolata in Belltown for some delicious vegetable courses to be served up April 24 through April 30.  Tavolata will donate proceeds of these special dishes to the Belltown P-Patch for renovation of the solar-powered fountain and completion of a community bed left bereft by recent new construction.  Celebrate Earth Day/Earth Month at Tavolata and help your local P-Patch. Tavolata is located on 2nd Avenue in Belltown between Bell and Battery Streets. Belltown P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens located throughout the city.

P-Patch Gardeners Donate 40,000 Pounds to Seattle Food Banks and Meal Programs

GardenerLast year our P-Patch gardeners’ “green thumbs” grew 40,145 pounds of fresh organic produce for Seattle food banks and meal programs. These food donations came from 36 P-Patch “giving gardens,” which are P-Patch plots dedicated to growing food for donation. In addition, at least 20% of the total food donations came from individual P-Patch gardeners. P-Patchers volunteer to steward the giving gardens and handle the delivery of fresh produce over the growing season. To celebrate the “giving garden” season, Interbay P-Patch Community Garden just held its annual kick-off with more than 20 gardeners preparing soil and planting early crops. Here is a quote from an Interbay P-Patch gardener about last year’s harvest: “This was a great year in the Interbay Giving Garden! …Despite the heat, which was a little hard on the kale, chard and collards, we nonetheless harvested a combined total of 266 lbs. of those greens. We had our best cucumber year ever, with 46 pounds donated. Herbs were a huge success this year, too: 17 lbs. of chives, 15 lbs. of basil and 14 lbs. of flat-leaf parsley. That’s a lot of leaves!!! … We’ll be rearin’ to go come spring!”   Congratulations, P-Patch gardeners, for sharing with and caring for your Seattle community!

Coming Soon: New Online Process for P-Patch Gardeners

P-Patch GardenerWe have exciting news to share about our P-Patch Community Gardening Program. Since last spring, our P-Patch staff has been working on the creation of an online database and application process for gardeners. While the new process will create efficiencies for staff and for the city, this improvement to the operation of the P-Patch program will provide more ease for plot renewals and assistance to gardeners and volunteers. It will also be able to handle online registration and credit card payments.

Our plan is to launch this new system in December. For those of you who are P-Patch gardeners, you have received a letter describing the timeline for renewals. More information will come on how to use the new system. And for those of you without internet access, our staff will help you via the mail or on the phone.

Lastly, for people who are on our Interest List, your information will be transferred to the new system, and for those of you who aren’t on our Interest List and want to be, visit http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/signupPpatch.htm.

Join Bradner P-Patch for the Jerusalem Artichoke Harvest and Art Hanging Event

You are invited to Bradner Gardens P-Patch for the Jerusalem Artichoke Harvest and Art Hanging Event. It will be held this Saturday, November 8 at 11 a.m. The Jerusalem Artichoke project is about making community crops more accessible by connecting community to recipes with art. The artist-initiator of the project is Isobel Davis who also is a gardener at Bradner Gardens P-Patch.

At the event:

  • Help harvest chokes for the Rainier Valley Food Bank
  • Share information including recipes, cultivation, nutritional information with tasting opportunities
  • Meet the artist and view installation of art on the fence next to the sunchoke bed

For questions contact Isobel Davis 206-300-2362 isodav@clearwire.net.

Bradner Gardens P-Patch is located at 1730 Bradner Pl S in Seattle.

All are Invited to the Lincoln Park P-Patch Annual Fall Pumpkin Festival

Lincoln Park Pumpkin FestivalAll are invited to Solstice Park Hill for the annual Lincoln Park Fall Pumpkin Festival this Saturday, October 18. There will be organically grown pumpkins, herbs, baked goods, and crafts.

The address is 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW behind the tennis courts. Come and join us the P-Patch gardeners in celebrating a bountiful growing season

Publicize your Fall Events with our Online Calendar!

You can post your events and activities to Seattle Department of Neighborhoods events calendar on our website.  Just visit our events page at www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/calendar, hit the link for “Submit an Event” on the upper left-hand column, read the “How to Submit…” and policy guidelines, and complete the form. Once your event is submitted, it takes two-four days to have the submission approved. Not only will it appear on our calendar, but will automatically appear on the citywide calendar which gets thousands of hits a week.

If you have problems or questions when submitting for P-Patch events, contact either Lisa Uemoto, lisa.uemoto@seattle.gov,  or 684-0303 or Sandy Pernitz, sandy.pernitz@seattle.gov,  or 684-0284. For all other activities, contact Wendy Watson, wendy.watson@seattle.gov or  684-0719.

*hint – when filling out the form, you can select more than one neighborhood and event type.

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open for Business

Farm Stand OpeningThe High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands offer fresh organic produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens. Grown by low-income gardeners, the produce that is fresh right now is spinach, carrots, leafy vegetables, new onions, peas, turnips, and radishes, to name a few.

The farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High Point Farm Stand (32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from July 9 to September 24.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from July 11 to September 26.

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the garden, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.

Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program in collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority and GROW to support low-income gardeners and their neighborhoods. Its mission is to establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and farm stand enterprises.

To learn more, visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/marketgardens/.

 

Join MOHAI P-Patch Walking Tour this Saturday

Belltown P-PatchIn celebration of the P-Patch Program’s 41st anniversary, MOHAI is sponsoring an educational walk this Saturday.  The walk begins at the UpGarden at Seattle Center, and meanders down to the Belltown P-Patch and back. Along the way you will learn about the growing techniques in these two very different, very special gardens, and talk about their inception and the overall history of the program.  The walk will include a look at large and small efforts to transform our urban landscape, with a little history and some unique sites thrown in.

The tour has a small fee, which supports MOHAI’s efforts to connect Seattle people to its history. Pre-registration is required. Here’s a link:

http://www.mohai.org/visit-us/mohai-calendar/eventdetail/920/-/neighborhood-history-tours-40-years-of-p-patch-from-uptown-to-belltown