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The P-Patch at Magnuson Community Garden
The Magnuson P-Patch is located
within the Magnuson Community Garden, a four acre site at Magnuson
Park. The new P-Patch officially opened in March 2003 for the Spring
season; it now has 140 year around plots. If interested in a garden
plot at Magnuson, contact the Department of
Neighborhoods P-Patch Office.
The new P-Patch replaced the Sand Point P-Patch which was established in 1977 on property leased from Childrens' Hospital and Regional Medical Center. The hospital begun preparations for building on the site at the end of September 2001. The Magnuson Community Garden P-Patch was initially created as a temporary garden in October 2001 with 35 transitional plots for the old Sand Point P-Patch gardeners.
Assistance for moving the
P-patch was received from Childrens' Hospital grounds
staff, Fruhling, Inc., Seattle Parks Department Sand Point
Magnuson Park Division grounds personnel, and gardeners.
Volunteers spent many hours removing Scotch Broom, removing rocks, tilling and adding soil ammenities to the new site. Compost, manure, and donated Alaska Fish Fertilizer and applied to the soil. The P-patch was marked out, paths were marked and surfaced, an irrigation system was installed. Volunteers were then able to stake out the plot design, borders, and internal paths.
To participate in the P-Patch gardening program, each gardener must contribute a minimum of 8 hours of volunteer time to the program, half of which must be for the Magnuson P-Patch. Volunteer opportunities are available on site such as maintaining food bank plots, common area maintenance, composting or through the P-Patch Office.
Gardeners tend special designated plots dedicated to growing items for local food banks. In addition gardeners are encouraged to contribute part of their crops to to the food bank program. Magnuson's food bank donations go to the Lake City Food Bank and to the transitional housing program located in the park. In 2006, Magnuson gardeners donated 3000 pounds of produce. See also description of Solid Ground's (formerly Freemont Public Association) Lettuce Link program.
Recommendations on What to
Grow Vegetables to grow
to donate to food banks: All types of greens, including lettuces,
spinaches, mustards, boc choy, collards, green onions, cucumbers,
summer and winter squash, radishes, beets,
carrots, peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage. Vegetables of lesser need, because the
foodbank receives so many of them:
potatoes, storing (dry) onions. Vegetables that clients may not know how
to cook and incorporate into diet include : chards, kales
the Food Bank Plot in Magnuson P-Patch Pod #1
Magnuson Community Garden - 6344 N.E. 74th St., Suite 104 - Seattle, WA 98115