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P-PATCH COMMUNITY GARDENING PROGRAM

HOW DO P-PATCHES WORK?
The P-Patch Program is the community gardening program of the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods and is open to Seattle residents.  Staff partner with volunteers, local non-profit organizations, Seattle Housing Authority, and other agencies to support, develop and manage community gardening in Seattle. Gardeners like you volunteer to coordinate the tasks and activities in the garden.

P-Patches are an open space resource for all members of the community, not just gardeners, and are places to share love of gardening, cultivate friendships, strengthen neighborhoods, increase self-reliance, wildlife habitat, foster environmental awareness, relieve hunger, improve nutrition, and enjoy recreational and therapeutic opportunities.

For a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions Click Here

WHAT ARE THE RULES?
Click here for the full RULES for P-Patch participants in gardens with individual plots
Click here for the full Code of Conduct

ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF P-Patch COMMUNITY GARDENS?
Yes. P-Patch Community Gardens can have individual garden plot rentals with some collectively gardened space.  They can also be gardened collectively as a group with no individual plots.  Some examples of collective community gardens are: orchards/food forests, giving gardens and one large space gardened together.

HOW DO I SIGN UP?
You can sign up by calling 206-684-0264 or email p-patch.don@seattle.gov.  You can also sign up on-line at: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/signupPpatch.htm.

Provide your name, address, zip code, phone, email, and top two garden choices in order of preference. The adopted Plot Assignment Guidelines explain the strategies the program use to assign plots to potential participants. All potential participants should get on the interest list. Last year's participants have priority to renew their plots.

waitlist Sign-up Here: P-Patch Community Garden Interest List
waitlist Click here to learn how the lists work: How the Interest List Works

WHAT SIZE ARE THE INDIVIDUAL GARDEN PLOTS?
Garden plot sizes vary from garden to garden, typically they range between 40 and 400 sq.ft.  The P-Patch Program Plot Sizing Guidelines set criteria for plots sizes for each P-Patch and are based on overall garden size and existing demand. Please refer to the P-Patch Program Plot Assignment Guidelines for more information.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST WHEN I  JOIN THE PROGRAM?
ANNUAL PARTICIPANT FEES

Plot Rental fees
$26 application fee
$12 for each 100sf gardened
examples:
10 x 10 (100 square feet) - $38 annual fee
10 x 20 (200 square feet) - $50 annual fee
10 x 40 (400 square feet) - $74 annual fee
Alternative annual fees
Accessible raised bed - application fee
Collective intensive garden - application fee

WHAT IF I CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY?
We do not turn anyone away for not being able to pay an annual fee.
  The P-Patch Community Gardening Program partners with the P-Patch Trust to offer fee assistance to those that need it.  You just need to ask.  Contact the P-Patch Trust directly to donate to this cause. 

CAN SOMEONE GARDEN WITH ME?
Yes for individual plots.  Please let staff and volunteer garden leadership know who they are and how to contact them.  If the co-gardener wants to become the primary gardener they must have been co-gardening long enough to be assigned a plot.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?
There are some specific rules that apply to gardening in P-Patch community garden. You should read over the rules for participants. provide seeds, soil, tools, and labor. Garden organically (NO synthetic chemicals including; pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, weed-killers, and fertilizers). Care for your plot and pathways year-round and contribute 8 hours for the whole garden (not inside your plot) each year, four of those hours must be at your garden.

CAN I VOLUNTEER?
If you are a P-Patch gardener you are required to volunteer 8 hours annually to the common good of the garden. If you are waiting to become a P-Patch member or interested in just helping out, there are ways to help out. Please refer to the following Volunteer Interest Sheet, to see different ways you can help out. Check with the P-Patch office if you are a non-member and want to volunteer. There is a lot of opportunities to get involved with gardens under construction. You should refer to the map of gardens to see if there is one near you. You must Collect and report your hours at new and rebuilt gardens.

WHAT CAN I GROW?
Any vegetables, small fruits, flowers or herbs you choose. Just remember if something grows fast and spreads you must contain it.  No trees or shrubs allowed and some gardens have restrictions for additional plants that are invasive in that garden. 

There are some plants that don't just stay in one place and can invade the whole garden. You should refer to the Invasive Plant Guidelines to see if a plant in your garden must be removed or contained.

HOW LONG IS THE GARDEN SEASON?
You are responsible for maintaining your garden all year long.  You must start gardening within 2 weeks of being assigned your plot.  Active gardening reflects seasonality (i.e. winterization, spring weeding and planting, fall cleanup, summer maintenance, harvesting, etc).

Fall and Winter Gardening options: Please remove all non-organic material (tomato cages, trellises, etc.) and choose one or a combination of these options to help with weed suppression and protect your soil from the winter rains. Tending the soil in the cool season pays you back in the warm!
Option #1: Grow winter crops such as garlic, onions, kale, etc.
Option #2: Plant cover crops: Cover crops are also called green manure because in the spring you dig them into your soil and they feed nitrogen and provide organic material as they decompose.
Option #3: Mulch /Sheet Compost to protect and build bare soil.

CAN I GIVE THE PLOT TO SOMEONE ELSE?
You CANNOT give your plot to anyone else; the plots are only assigned by P-Patch staff.  Please notify the P-Patch program staff if and when you will no longer be caring for your assigned space.

CAN I GIVE WHAT I GROW?
Yes. We encourage sharing what you grow with family, friends, neighbors, and those in need.  Most P-Patches have organized giving to provide fresh produce for those in need.  Some gardens also rely on individual gardeners to grow food in their own plots to donate.  Check in with a specific garden to see what they are giving and how.

CAN I SELL WHAT I GROW?
No. The sale of what you grow is only permitted though the P-Patch Market Garden Program, but sharing is always welcomed.

WHAT IS A GIVING GARDENING?
Most P-Patches have a “giving garden” program to provide fresh produce for those in need. In all P-Patches, individual gardeners can grow food in their own plots to donate to local food banks. Please think about planting an extra row to donate. Many P-Patches also have plots designated as “food bank plots” that are communally or individually gardened specifically to grow food for donation. Lettuce Link coordinates with food bank gardening leaders at each garden and will connect you to your nearest food bank.

WHO IS GROW?
GROW is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that partners with P-Patch Program to acquire, build, preserve, and protect community gardens in Seattle’s neighborhoods.    To get involved, contact GROW at their voice mail 425-329-1601 or web site—www.pptrust.org.

WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY THE P-PATCH PROGRAM?
The P-Patch Program is here to assist sites with on-going managment of the garden. There are some core services provided by the program, some shared with volunteers, and some completely done by volunteers when possible. For a full list of core services please refer to the Baseline of Services.

WHAT ELSE DO I RECEIVE?

  • Festive events: Harvest Banquet
  • Connection to other P-Patch Community Gardeners around the city
  • Organic gardening educational opportunities (to be announced).
  • Quarterly newsletter, the P-Patch Post, published by GROW.
  • P-Patch Listserv: a moderated tool for gardeners and staff to share ideas, horticulture information, and events. New gardeners will be automatically added to the listserv and can expect zero to five e-mails a day. You may opt out by checking the “Do not add” box on the application page.

How do I contact the P-Patch Program?
General Phone Line: 206-684-0264 call for copies of any documents mentioned above or to ask questions.  To sign-up for an interest list by phone press 2.
General Email: p-patch.don@seattle.gov
General Website: http://www.seattle.gov/neighborhoods/ppatch/

 


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