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City of Seattle’s P-Patch Community Gardening Program Celebrates 50th Anniversary

2023 Proclaimed the “Year of Community Gardening” Seattle City Council and Mayor Bruce Harrell have proclaimed 2023 to be the Year of Community Gardening in honor of the P-Patch Community Gardening Program’s 50th anniversary. Seattle Department of Neighborhoods staff were presented with the formal proclamation at the January 31 meeting… [ Keep reading ]

More than 44,000 pounds of produce donated to local food banks and meal programs through the P-Patch Giving Garden Program

Serving as both restorative and neighborhood gathering spaces, Seattle’s P-Patch community gardens have strengthened community networks through civic engagement and comradery since their formation in 1973. Giving back to the community through volunteer hours and donations of fresh, organic, and locally grown produce has long been a priority of the… [ Keep reading ]

Landscape Architect, Marsha Tolon, reflects on her 33 years as a P-Patch member and the universal language of gardening

Marsha Tolon, Burke-Gilman P-Patch What sparked your interest in gardening? When I was a kid, our family would go to the grocery store, and I would always go to the magazine aisle and look at gardening and flower magazines like Sunset Western Garden. I’d read them while everybody else was… [ Keep reading ]

Picardo P-Patch Rethinks their Produce Donation Program to Directly Serve Communities in Need

Picardo P-Patch: Alex Soleil and Ava Clennon How long have you two been gardening at Picardo P-Patch Alex: I’ve been gardening Picardo farm since 2013 when I moved in with a house that had a plot here. And since 2016, I’ve been coordinating the Giving Garden, and that’s where we… [ Keep reading ]

Aishwarya Nair Brings Color to Pinehurst with Flowers Grown at Jackson Park P-Patch

Aishwarya Nair, Jackson Park P-Patch Where are you from and what brought you to Seattle? I was born and raised in India and moved to Seattle four or five years ago. I’ve loved finding a community. I’ve always been someone who never really felt a strong sense of community, even… [ Keep reading ]

“All Are Welcome:” Ethiopian Immigrant, Girma Toke, Embraces Community Gardening at Westcrest P-Patch

Girma Toke, Westcrest P-Patch How long have you been gardening at the Westcrest P-Patch? I am from Ethiopia and have been here in Seattle for six years. I have been at the garden for two years. At the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, I was laid off from my work…. [ Keep reading ]

Community Gardener, Thuy-Van, Pursues Pandemic Project to Remove Invasive Species

Thuy-Van Vu, Fremont P-Patch How long have you been gardening at Fremont P-Patch I’ve only been here for a little over a year. I had a plot here years ago, but my son was really little, and it wasn’t the right time to get invested in a garden. We had… [ Keep reading ]

Giving Garden Program donates more than 41,000 pounds of produce to help fight food insecurity in Seattle.

There is no doubt that many people are happy to bid farewell to 2021. With hardships related to COVID-19 and unprecedented weather events, the past year was challenging, to say the least. One issue that didn’t garner as much widespread attention, but significantly impacted the lives of many people, particularly… [ Keep reading ]

Cambodian refugee, Kimli Sieng, utilizes P-Patch community garden to grow herbs that remind her of home

Kimli Sieng, Hoa Mai Gardens What is your ethnicity and how long have you been in the U.S. I am from Cambodia, and I am a refugee. I was in five refugee camps including refugee camp Khao I Dang, one in Thailand, and another in the Philippines. I stayed in… [ Keep reading ]

Gardening with family at the Leo Street P-Patch reminds Edenkeo Duangprasert of childhood in Laos

Edenkeo, Leo Street P-Patch What is your ethnicity and how long have you been in the U.S.? I come from a small land-locked country in Southeast Asia called Laos. I am first-generation and the only person in my family to reside in the United States. I left home about 10… [ Keep reading ]