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Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grows "bumper crop" of new P-Patch community gardens
Fifteen new garden projects completed or under development

March 23, 2011 (Seattle, WA) - Seattle Department of Neighborhoods has released an update on the progress of new P-Patch community garden development funded by the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. The Community Update can be found here: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/levy.htm.

The 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy set aside $2 million for development of four or more community gardens on City-owned property. Not only have 4 projects been completed, but there are 11 additional projects underway. This success is due to the P-Patch Program's focus on engaging neighbors, collaborating with other City departments, and leveraging partnerships with community organizations. Together, these 15 gardens are adding space for 225 new households to garden.

The goal of the levy-funded work is to increase access to community gardening opportunities for Seattle residents. New projects are strategically selected to serve neighborhoods and communities previously underserved by the P-Patch Community Gardening Program. Staff is working with interpreters and multi-cultural outreach teams to engage a broad diversity of Seattle residents in these neighborhood projects. In turn, the Community Update report has been translated into eight languages to support outreach efforts.

The P-Patch Community Gardening Program, in conjunction with the P-Patch Trust, a nonprofit organization, oversees 73 P-Patches located throughout the city. These gardens are gathering places where Seattle neighbors strengthen community connections and steward - plan, plant, and maintain - a piece of open space for everyone to enjoy. To learn more visit www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/ or call 206-684-0264. For a printed copy of the Community Update report, contact Nicole at 206-733-9982.

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