Posted on 23 June 2011.
One of the most delightful things about Seattle is the abundance of nature surrounding us. Although this is a large metropolitan city, I appreciate the fact that you can escape to nature at any time. Big or large, we have parks situated in every neighborhood and convenient access to rivers, lakes, and vast ocean. With the rapid development and higher cost of real estate, many of Seattleites resorted to condos and townhomes that did not leave much space for those with green thumbs. So, when I noticed community gardens or patches popping up everywhere, I wasn’t surprised at all.
Community gardens are simply a piece of land gardened by a group of people. The neat thing about them is that not only it provides a mean for people to garden and produce fresh produce, it also promotes sense of community, healthier urban environment, and pride of ownership. People can experience both the joy of growing and being in touch with the source of their food.
In Seattle, the city began the non-profit organization P-Patch Trust 35 years ago. According to the City of Seattle website, the organization acquires, builds and protects community gardens in Seattle. Most of the supplies are provided at the sites, such as water and tools. Your responsibility as a community gardener is to care for your plot.
Interesting facts about P-Patch:
- The “P” originally stood for “Picardo”, after the family who owned Picardo Farm, part of which became the original P-Patch.
-The P-Patch program only allows organic farming techniques to be used on these plots.
-The P-Patch community gardeners give back to the city by supplying 7 to 10 tons of produce to Seattle food banks each year.
-You are not allowed to sell what you grow, only share it or donate it.
With the broadening interest in organic food source and gardening increases, you will see the demand for community gardens increase. The city currently has 55 patches in the city but most of them do have a waiting list. If you are interested in starting your own Community Patch or for more information, check out the City of Seattle website!
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