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

39,000 lbs. of Food Donated by P-Patch Gardeners

Giving Garden - Credit Tino Tran

Interbay Giving Garden – Credit Tino Tran

Last year our P-Patch gardeners’ “green thumbs” grew 39,377 pounds of fresh organic produce for Seattle food banks and meal programs. These food donations came from the 52 P-Patch “giving gardens,” which are P-Patch plots dedicated to growing food for donation. In addition, a percentage of the total food donations came from individual P-Patch plots.

P-Patch gardeners volunteer to steward the giving gardens and handle the delivery of fresh produce over the growing season. The P-Patch program grew from 39 gardens participating last year to 52.

Here’s a quote from a Bitter Lake P-Patch gardener about last year’s harvest: “…we reached out to our immediate neighbors in the TriCourt Apartments, a SHA property directly across the street…Most, if not all, of the residents are regular food bank clients, so we thought we could make some of their food hyperlocal. We had a sharing day in July and again in August. It was so much fun to connect directly with everyone who came. We all talked about how we like to prepare our vegetables, and everyone was just delightful, and so appreciative.”

Congratulations, P-Patch gardeners, for caring and sharing with your Seattle neighbors!

View the entire report about Giving Gardens and the organizations they support.



Picardo Farm P-Patch Plots Available

Picardo P-Patch GardenWould you like to have a plot in the fabulous Picardo Farm P-Patch in northeast Seattle? Want to grow fresh produce for yourself and your family? Would you like to learn great gardening techniques from your gardening neighbors? If so, contact rich Macdonald at rich.macdonald@seattle.gov or call 206-386-0088 to sign up for a plot.

Visit our website to learn more about the P-Patch Community Gardening Program.


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! https://seattledrt.wordpress.com/

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 http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/p-patch-community-gardening.

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: erikrhansen@yahoo.com; 206-316-0199.