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 rich.macdonald@seattle.gov 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

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.



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).