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9/15/2010  
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Come explore Seattle's community gardens for free
Seattle Department of Neighborhoods to
host tours of P-Patches

September 15, 2010 (Seattle, WA) Fall is a great time of year to visit Seattle's P-Patch community gardens, and the best way to see them is on a free van tour offered by Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DoN). Hosted by DoN's P-Patch Community Gardening staff along with volunteers, each tour will visit five community gardens highlighting each site's unique qualities, provide opportunities to meet the gardeners, and feature other community-driven Matching Fund projects. Six tours visiting different areas of the city are scheduled for 1 3 p.m. on Saturdays in September and October and will depart from DoN's Neighborhood Service Centers.

The tours are as follows:
SOUTHEAST TOUR: September 18, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at Southeast Neighborhood Service Center, 3815 S. Othello St.
Tour includes: New Holly, Thistle, Hillman City, Colman & Bradner P-Patches

SOUTHWEST TOUR: September 25, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at Delridge Neighborhood Service Center, 5405 Delridge Way SW
Tour includes: High Point, Delridge, West Genesee, Roxhill and Lincoln Park P-Patches

LAKE UNION AREA TOUR: October 2, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at Fremont Neighborhood Service Center, 908 N. 34th St.
Tour includes: Cascade, Belltown, Queen Pea, Interbay and Eastlake P-Patches

CENTRAL TOUR: October 9, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at Central Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson St.
Tour includes: Judkins, Hawkins, Spring St., Squire Park and Howell P-Patches

NORTHEAST TOUR: October 16, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at University Neighborhood Service Center, 4534 University Way NE
Tour includes: Picardo, Pinehurst, Maple Leaf, Roosevelt and Ravenna P-Patches

NORTHWEST TOUR: October 23, 1-3 p.m.
Meet at Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Ave. N
Tour includes: Good Shepherd, Fremont, Hazel Heights, Greg's, and Ballard P-Patches

Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. To register, go online to www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/tour.htm, or call (206)386-4123.

The P-Patch Community Gardening Program, in conjunction with the P-Patch Trust, a nonprofit organization, oversees 73 P-Patches distributed throughout the city. These gardens are gathering places where neighbors can strengthen networks and steward-plan, plant and maintain-a piece of open space together. Much of the produce harvested is donated to local food banks and feeding programs. In 2009 alone, gardeners contributed over 18,500 hours and donated about 12.4 tons of food.

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