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: erikrhansen@yahoo.com; 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 2wor.von@gmail.com.

 

 

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 seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open this Month

Market GardenFor fresh organic produce this summer look no further than the High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands which open for the season at the end of June. 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 neighborhoods.

The High Point Farm Stand is located at 32nd Ave. SW and SW Juneau Street. It is open on Wednesdays beginning June 24 to September 30. The NewHolly Farm Stand is located at S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th Ave. S. and Rockery Dr. S. It is open Fridays beginning June 26 through October 2. Both farm stands’ hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The 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 organic produce.

The High Point and NewHolly Market Gardens are part of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program and its 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/p-patch-community-gardening/market-gardens.

 

 

Join us for the annual Lavender U-Pick Sale at Interbay P-Patch

Lavender at Interbay SaleIt’s that time of year again for the annual Lavender U-Pick Sale at Interbay P-Patch. There are more than 14 varieties to cut for culinary uses, bouquets, potpourri, and more with many beautiful shades of purple! There will also be other related lavender products including wands, wreaths, sachets, culinary lavender, and lavender cookies. The sale is June 20 and 21 and June 27 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Prices are $4 for a small bundle and $6 for a large bundle. The P-Patch gardeners will provide scissors for cutting and ribbon for tying up bundles. After picking, you are invited to tour the beautiful Interbay P-Patch, one of the larger P-Patch community gardens in the city. All proceeds from the event go to support the community garden and its giving gardens where food is grown for donation.

Interbay P-Patch is located at 2451 15th Avenue W., Seattle (15th and Wheeler, south of the Ballard Bridge and Interbay Golf Course). For more information contact Becky Blackstock, 206-999-9677, becky.blackstock@comcast.net.

 

Belltown P-Patch Celebrates 20 Years on June 18

Belltown P-PatchThe Belltown P-Patch, Seattle’s only downtown community garden, is gathering the community in celebration of a major milestone with 20 years of bringing beauty, color, and tranquility to downtown.

The community will hold a celebration on Thursday, June 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the garden, which is located at the corner of Elliot Avenue and Vine Street. There will be speakers from the City, as well as free food and drink. This event is open to all and gardeners from the P-Patch will be on hand to provide tours of this beautiful space.

The Belltown P-Patch is a gem in the heart of the city and is visited each year by hundreds of people from all over the world. It was a featured garden by the American Community Gardening Association in 2014. The cottages, originally built nearly 100 years ago, share the space and add a unique and historical backdrop to the space. They are now used by in-residence writers and gardeners.

“The Belltown P-Patch is a welcome respite from the bustle of the city and a focal point for the neighborhood, reflecting the diverse needs of those who live and work here,” said P-Patch gardener and anniversary organizer Natalie Reber. “The hands that bring together this beautiful and unique garden are many, and this celebration is about them and the many seasons of life that have been put into this space.”

Rich MacDonald, supervisor of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program, commented, “The Belltown P-Patch represents so much to this neighborhood. Not only does it provide green space in the heart of the city, it is a meeting place for neighbors, a refuge for our many homeless community members, and a tourist stop for visitors from all over the world.”

The Belltown P-Patch was a neighborhood labor of love from the beginning, as community activists, neighbors, and passionate gardeners worked with the City and surrounding businesses to purchase, cultivate, secure, and grow the space into the colorful and beloved garden it is today. Early supporter Glenn McGilvra provides a detailed history of the P-Patch in an essay originally published in the book Belltown Paradise (2005, Chicago University Press) but is available online.

The Belltown P-Patch is one of the 90 community gardens managed by our P-Patch Community Gardening Program. Community gardeners grow food on 14.9 acres of the land as well as  steward 18.8 acres for the public for a total of 32 acres. We have the largest municipally managed community gardening program outside of New York City.

For more information about the event contact Natalie Reber at 206-683-0160.

 

 

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.