Join Us for the Solstice P-Patch Fall Harvest and Craft Festival

Harvest graphciOn Sunday, October 11, you’re invited to our harvest festival from 1 – 4 p.m. Enjoy pumpkin painting and carving, hot apple cider, roasted corn on the cob, organic produce and herbs, homemade preserved foods, plant and craft sales, and more. Come visit and learn about community gardening in Seattle Department of Neighborhood’s P-Patch Program. The Solstice P-Patch is located at 7400 Fauntleroy Ave SW in West Seattle on the hill between Solstice Park and the tennis courts.


P-Patch Program participates in Seattle Disaster Relief Trials this Weekend

(article by Julie Bryan, P-Patch Community Garden Coordinator)

P-Patch Emergency ProgramThe 2015 Seattle Disaster Relief Trails will take place Saturday, September 12, from 11am to 3pm.  This is  a fun, emergency preparedness event which mobilizes bicyclists to carry emergency supplies to and from community and communication Hubs throughout the Central District, Madison Park, Beacon Hill, and Rainier Valley.  Beacon Food Forest, Judkins and Sunrise P-Patch community gardens are part of this fun event.

Check it out!

This year, the Seattle DRT will be held in partnership with the inaugural Seattle Summer Parkways, Seattle Emergency Hubs and the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS).

You can participate by being a spectator or cyclist, and visiting the P-Patch gardens and educational sessions they are offering to cyclists and spectators.

Other P-Patches in the Rainier Valley that host Community Emergency Hubs are Angel Morgan, Hillman City, John C. Little, Lucky, 29, Power Garden, Youth and Family Garden, Rockery, Thistle, Judkins, Beacon Food Forest, Maa nyei lai ndeic( My Mothers Garden), Sunrise and Dakota . You can find them all at

City Fruit hosts Orchard & Harvest Tour

Orchard & Harvest TourOn Sunday, October 4, visit Seattle’s historic orchards throughout the city. Each orchard is planning special activities, including cider pressings, historical tours, and more! Your self-guided tour will take you throughout Seattle’s neighborhoods to a hidden orchard, a former homestead, and other beautiful community sites. Several of our P-Patch community gardens will be participating as well.

For ticket information visit, City Fruit’s website.

P-Patch Giving Gardens Highlighted in Story on KING TV

Winter VeggiesP-Patch community gardeners and volunteers are highlighted in this KING 5 story about Maple Leaf P-Patch. Four volunteers are stewarding the four giving garden plots in Maple Leaf for donation to North Helpline food bank in Lake City.

Last year, P-Patch giving gardens (plots dedicated to growing food for donation) plus individual gardener donations provided more than 41,000 pounds of fresh organic food to food banks and feeding programs. We expect even more this year.

Thank you P-Patch gardeners and volunteers for using your “green thumbs” to give back to others in your neighborhood. That’s what community gardening is all about!


Haller Lake P-Patch Invites Community to Open Garden Celebration

Haller Lake P-PatchGardeners at Haller Lake P-Patch invite the community to join in celebrating the 18th year of gardening at HLPP at its annual Open Garden celebration on Sunday, August 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come by for refreshments and garden tours. The gardeners are expecting a special appearance by the Garden Gnome, so bring your camera!

The P-Patch has something special to celebrate and show off this year – the results of its P-Patch renovation funded by a Small and Simple Projects Fund award from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

We hope you will join us at 13035 1st Ave NE (by Haller Lake United Methodist Church parking lot).


Northwest Seattle: You are Invited to be a Part of the Evanston P-Patch Renovation Project

Evanston P-PatchThe Friends of the Evanston P-Patch recently received a $25,000 Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund award to renovate the community garden located at 604 N. 101st Street between Evanston Ave. N. and Fremont Ave. N. Evanston P-Patch is the second oldest community garden in Seattle and was established in 1974.

On Sunday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m., the Evanston P-Patch gardening community and their landscape architecture firm, Barker Landscape Architects, will be holding a community meeting and potluck to gather input from the community on what changes people want to see in the garden.

The meeting will take place in the garden and promises to be a lot of fun. Barker will conduct a design game to gather people’s input that’s very interactive. Also, Top Pot doughnuts is providing some treats and the event is a potluck. Everyone is welcome, not just gardeners.

Here are the meeting dates, times, and basic details. All meetings will be held in the garden:

  1. Sunday July 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #1 (design games)
  2. Sunday August 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #2 (review of design concepts)
  3. Sunday September 27, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; Garden Party Workshop #3 (review of final designs)

The goal is to get as many people to participate in the meetings as possible so the revitalization of this little North Seattle gem will be robust, inclusive, and long-lasting.

For questions contact Erik Hansen of the Evanston P-Patch Renovation Project:; 206-316-0199.

Learn about Gardening in Winter

Winter VeggiesIt might be 90 degrees out there, but it’s time to think about your winter gardening. Bitter Lake P-Patch offers a free class, The Winter Garden, taught by Master Gardener, Judy Broom. Subjects covered include varieties to plant, how and when to plant them, and how to protect them from pests, diseases, and extreme cold.

The date is Wednesday, July 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Broadview Public Library (12755 Greenwood Ave N). It’s FREE, but make sure to RSVP to Vonne Worth at



High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open This Week

Farm Stand OpeningFor fresh organic produce look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands opening for the season this week. The farm stands offer produce picked right from the P-Patch market gardens and grown by low-income residents of the High Point and NewHolly Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) neighborhoods. The 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 June 24 to September 30.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from June 26 to October 2.

Both farm stands accept EBT cards and participate in Fresh Bucks which doubles consumers’ first $10 spent on the card. Come see the gardens, meet the farmers, and enjoy their fresh produce.A new feature at the High Point Farm Stand will be the ROAR mobile farm stand that sells produce grown by local farmers across Puget Sound. ROAR, which stands for Roots of All Roads, is focused on connecting community with locally grown produce and sharing new ways to enjoy it. Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program 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