Belltown Neighbors Liven Up Neighborhood P-Patch

Belltown P-Patch MuralFollowing this summer’s Find It, Fix It Community Walk in the Belltown neighborhood, local resident Christine Federhart submitted a Find It, Fix It Community Project Grant application focused on increasing the vibrancy of the Belltown P-Patch Community Garden. The project was awarded $1,540.

Christine then worked with artist/gardeners Becky Jhu and Hanahn Korman to design and paint a new mural, entitled Why Not Grow?, on the wall and garage of the P-Patch. She also coordinated with Belltown P-Patch Team Lead Chris Gorley to use part of the funds to re-soil, plant, and mulch the common areas of the garden.

“In essence, the Garden grows you.  This mural speaks of connectedness, exploration and courage to grow.” – Christine Federhart

Twenty-five community volunteers worked in the garden and on the mural for a total of 177 collective hours. All of their work has gone a long way toward making the immediate boundaries of the garden more friendly, accessible, and colorful.

The mural will be in progress for the next few weeks (weather permitting). If you want to see it in person, it is located on Elliott Avenue near Vine Street.

Belltown P-Patch upgradeBelltown P-Patch Mural

Don’t Miss the Seattle Premiere of “SEED: The Untold Story”

SEED: The Untold Story

SEED: The Untold Story

Don’t miss the Seattle premiere of the award winning documentary SEED: The Untold Story at SIFF Cinema Uptown on October 25 at 7pm.

SEED: The Untold Story is an award winning documentary about the dramatic loss of seed diversity and the future of our food, from the filmmakers behind The Real Dirt on Farmer John and Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

The film, created by Portland-based Collective Eye Films, features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell and Winona LaDuke.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardening Program will be co-hosting an information table in the lobby along with King County Seed Library. Stop by and learn more about our programs.

Tickets are on sale now at

Learn more about the film at

High Point and NewHolly Farm Stands Open This Week

Market Garden Farm StandFor 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 SW and SW Juneau Street) open Wednesdays from June 29 to September 28.
  • NewHolly Farm Stand (S. Holly Park Dr. between 40th S. and Rockery Dr. S.) open Fridays from July 1 to September 30.

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.

The High Point Farm Stand will again host ROAR, the mobile farm stand that sells produce to neighborhoods with limited access to healthy food. The food is grown by local farmers across Puget Sound.

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

CSA Subscriptions Available from Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens

Seattle P-Patch Market GardensYou can receive up to 18 weeks of high quality, farm-fresh, organic produce when you subscribe to the Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens CSA (community-supported agriculture). Each week subscribers will receive up to 15 items of organic seasonal produce grown at the NewHolly and High Point Seattle Market Gardens, a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods program that helps to establish healthy communities and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods.

The cost ranges from $15 to $25 a week based on the size of the share with prorated shares available. Two of the pick-up locations are located at the gardens where subscribers can meet the immigrant farmers and visit the site.

The pick-up locations, dates, and times are:

Thursday evenings, now through October 13 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at:
High Point Market Garden (32nd Avenue SW and SW Juneau Street)
NewHolly Market Garden (42nd South and South Rockery Drive)

Saturdays, now through October 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:
St. Andrews Episcopal Church (111 NE 80th Street)

Community members can subscribe now by completing and mailing an application (see form for address); or you can contact Michelle Jones at 206-372-6593 or Julie Bryan, P-Patch Garden Coordinator, at 206-684-0540.

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

Tickets Available for GROW’s Chef in the Garden on July 14

Chef in the Garden eventEach summer, Tom Douglas Catering creates a fabulous al fresco meal in the Interbay P-Patch Plaza for Chef in the Garden. This annual event, which is limited to 100 diners, raises funds for GROW: the non-profit advocacy organization for community gardening in and near Seattle. Proceeds from the event are used to support community gardens, including subsidizing the plot fees for low-income gardeners in Seattle’s P-Patches and purchasing tools and seeds for their shared use.

This year’s Chef in the Garden will take place on Thursday, July 14 and, as usual, will feature locally sourced, garden-fresh ingredients and innovative flavor combinations.

Tom Douglas and Chef Alex Chan (who has worked with Tom since 2001, most recently as sous chef at the Dahlia Lounge and Lola) are developing the menu, and Alex will preside over the grill. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and passed hors d’oeuvres will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., and diners will be seated for a four-course meal at 7.

For tickets and more information go to:

Want a P-Patch Community Garden Plot? We Have Openings!

Market GardenerInterested in growing your own organic vegetables while connecting with your neighbors? Our P-Patch community gardens are for you.

While very popular, there are times when we have openings or short waiting lists for plots in the gardens. There are presently openings at Picardo P-Patch in Wedgwood and Colman P-Patch in Madrona. If interested, contact Vanesa Gutierrez at 206.615.1787.  P-Patches with short waitlists include Hawkins in Central Area, Oxbow in Georgetown, NewHolly Youth and Family in NewHolly, Leo Street in Rainier View and Courtland Place in Mt. Baker. You can sign up for the interest list here.

There are 90 P-Patch community gardens located across the City. You can learn more about the program on our webpage.

UW Students Present Ideas for Cascade P-Patch Renovation

Cascade P-Patch Open HouseBeginning in March 2016, University of Washington Landscape Architecture students began using the community driven area of Cascade Park and P-Patch for a design studio project focused on urban agriculture. Taught by Eric Higbee, Design Director at the Pomegranate Center, the students examined the social justice, community building, cultural meaning, and urban complexity of designing for urban agricultural spaces. They then prepared neighborhood, site, and precedent studies for the Cascade P-Patch and adjacent community driven areas of the park, and created individual designs.

The students will be presenting their final designs at a Community Open House on June 4 at 1pm at Mirabella (116 Fairview Ave N). The event is open to the public.

Final student products will be assembled into a booklet to support future community planning efforts for the Cascade Park and P-Patch. The long term interest is to redesign some existing areas of the P-Patch for better flow, integration, sightlines, and accessibility. The P-Patch Community Garden Program will be working with the community to narrow down ideas to one design and work to secure funding to complete the work.

If you have questions about the project, contact Sandy Pernitz, Community Garden Coordinator, at 206.684.0284.

Picardo Farm P-Patch Plots Available

Picardo P-PatchWe have available plots now and during the summer in the fabulous Picardo Farm P-Patch in northeast Seattle.This P-Patch is the oldest and biggest in the city and is rumored to have Seattle’s “best soil!”

You can grow fresh produce for yourself and your family while learning great gardening techniques from your neighbors.

If you are interested in signing up for a plot, contact Rich Macdonald at or call 206-386-0088.

Visit our website to learn more about the Picardo Farm P-Patch.

City of Faces at the Angel Morgan P-Patch

City of Faces by George Lee

Our Angel Morgan P-Patch will be hosting an art exhibition featuring birdhouses created from the faces of local youth. The exhibition, titled City of Faces, was created by George Lee in an effort to build community and deter youth violence in the everyday streets of South Seattle.

The exhibition opens with a party Sunday, May 15th from 3-6pm and will be on display through October 15.

Inspired by two close calls with gun violence near his home, George Lee set out to create a project that would change the narrative of his neighborhood. During the creation process, thirty youth learned about local birds and their nesting needs, and chose one bird for which to make a birdhouse. They then went through the brave task of having their faces cast in clay.

The finished project features a child’s face as the front of the birdhouse and their mouth as the bird entrance. The 30 seed-like ceramic birdhouses have been hung from organically curving posts of red cedar at the Angel Morgan P-Patch. The piece is “an exploration of refuge/home, fertility/life/youth, and the interconnection between human and non-human life,” states George Lee.

Lee is a Seattle-based artist specializing in site-specific sculpture and social practice art. City of Faces is a partnership with Somali Family Safety Task Force, Rainier Beach Community Center, Aki Kurose Middle School and Rainier Avenue Church. The project was funded by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.

Join us for the opening this Sunday May 15th from 3-6pm. There will be food, light refreshments, and raw materials from the creation process will be on display. Participating youth and their families will also be in attendance.

The Angel Morgan P-Patch Community Garden is located at 42nd Avenue S and S Morgan Street.

You can learn more about the project at George Lee’s website.

Dine Out to Support the Belltown P-Patch

Do you want to enjoy a delicious meal while also supporting community gardening?

Tavolata Dine Out for Belltown P-PatchThen join us April 24-28 at Ethan Stowell’s Belltown restaurant Tavolàta. For five nights, Tavolàta’s chefs will be serving up delicious, P-Patch-inspired vegetable dishes and donating the proceeds to our Belltown P-Patch.

“We have been so fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Tavolàta on this fundraiser for the past three years,” says Eryka Anson, volunteer leader for the Belltown P-Patch. “Ethan Stowell Restaurants are committed to the neighborhoods they serve and Tavolàta is no different! The Belltown P-Patch is a rare piece of green space in the heart of Belltown and fundraisers like this one help to keep it a beautiful place for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”

The funds raised from Tavolàta will help support the Belltown P-Patch’s efforts to repair a solar fountain and rebuild a community garden bed impacted by nearby construction.

And, the culinary dishes dreamed up by Tavolàta’s chefs should make this the most delicious donation you’ve ever made. This year’s lineup includes:

Young Asparagus farm egg, Parmesan, lemon.
Nettle Soup housemade ricotta, carrot purée.
3 Corner Leeks pea tendril, apple, golden raisin purée.
Potato Gnocchi carrot, snap pea, chive.

So, grab your friends and family, attend Tavolàta April 24-28, enjoy one of the above dishes, and delight in the knowledge that proceeds from your night out will strengthen the Belltown P-Patch.

Dine Out for Belltown P-Patch
Dates: April 24-28, 2016
Location: Tavolàta – 2323 Second Ave in Belltown