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The Magnuson P-Patch at the Magnuson Community Garden
The Magnuson Community Garden is the proud recipient of a BECU People Helping People Award. This $10,000 gift will support vital maintenance to help keep the garden inviting and accessible for all our visitors.
The 2013 growing season has come to an end. Over 3,000 lbs of food from the Food Bank plots and individual gardeners was donated to local Food Banks.
For more current information on the activities o the Magnuson P-Patch see our blog.
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
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
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 2013, Magnuson gardeners donated 3000 pounds of produce. See also description of Solid Ground's Lettuce Link program.
What to Grow Vegetables
to grow to donate to food banks: All types of
greens, including lettuce, spinach, mustard, bok
choy, collards, green onions, cucumbers,
summer and winter squash, radishes,
beets, carrots, peas, beans,
broccoli, cabbage. Check with the
P-Patch Food Bank coordinator for suggested items.
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Magnuson Park - 6344 N.E. 74th St., Suite 104 -
Seattle, WA 98115