Hurry! Only 10 Spots Remain for our Free Workshop on Gardening with Youth!

Garden Join us for a fun and educational workshop for adults who are leading (or would like to lead) a youth gardening program! The workshop is hosted by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program and led by Emily Bishton, lead educator for Magnuson Nature Programs and Sand Point Elementary School Gardens. The workshop is  Saturday, May 30, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Magnuson Brig (6344 NE 74th St) in the Ravenna Room.

We’ll spend most of the time outdoors in the adjacent Magnuson Children’s Garden, so make sure to dress for the weather. The workshop is FREE, but pre-registration and completing our questionnaire to enhance the workshop is required.

Magnuson Children’s Garden is a vibrant public garden that began in 2001 and contains a wide variety of plants and other features that make it an exciting place for children (and adults) to learn about gardening and nature.  It also contains a 300 sq ft P-Patch plot with child-height, accessible-raised beds. Come check out this unique garden and join us for a lively morning! The Magnuson Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens.

 

Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale next Saturday!!

Cherry tomatoesJoin Picardo Farm P-Patch gardeners for their plant sale this Saturday, May 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature lots of varieties of heirloom tomatoes, veggies, and herbs grown by Neighbor Sally’s Nursery and Abby’s Eden Nursery. There will be coffee and baked goods to munch while you shop! It will be held at the Picardo P-Patch community garden located at 25th NE and NE 82nd in Seattle. The sale benefits the Picardo P-Patch, one of 90 P-Patch gardens managed by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

 

Here’s your Spring Edition of the P-Patch Post

P-Patch GardenerGROW’s latest newsletter, the P-Patch Post, has great stories about our P-Patch gardens along with helpful articles about growing food. GROW is the nonprofit advocacy organization for community gardens; and for decades, has promoted and provided services for Seattle’s P-Patches and partners closely with our P-Patch staff. Enjoy the Spring P-Patch Post.

 

Don’t miss the Bradner Garden Plant Sale May 24!

Tomato plantJoin Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch for their annual plant sale benefiting the P-Patch and activities for the community. It will be held on Sunday, May 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get your “ready to plant” heirloom tomato, vegetable, and herb starts at great prices. Plant advice provided by Neighbor Sally and expert gardeners. Shop while you enjoy Liz’s coffee, tea and pastries.

The Bradner Gardens Park P-Patch is one of our 90 P-Patch community gardens. Learn more about the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.

 

 

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