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P-Patch Community Gardens

Maa nyei lai ndeic

(Mein for My Mothers Garden)

Growing Families

High on Beacon Hill, on the freezing last Saturday in February, an annual ritual takes place. Ferdinand P-Patch sits between spiky electrical towers on a long greenway of Seattle City Light property; a fence with red and white recycled stop sign posts surrounds the gardeners. Ferdinand P-Patch gardeners, immigrants from the highland of Laos and Thailand, industriously grow the food crops of their homeland for extended families and community. Each year we greet one another, gratified to see the same happy faces, pleased to see the children bigger than last year, glad to see new babies in their colorful costumes. In a few short weeks the site will be transformed from a sleeping winter garden into an abundance of greens. Small children will scamper between the row as their mothers harvest bitter melon, gai lohn, gai choy, yard long beans, and fragrant cilantro.

Directions

(Map)

From Downtown:

  1. From 6th Ave, take the I-5 South / I-90 East ramp towards Sea-Tac Airport
  2. Merge onto I-5 South
  3. Take the Columbian Way S exit towards Columbian Way, exit #163A
  4. Continue on Columbian Way S
  5. Continue on S Columbian Way
  6. Continue on 15th Ave S
  7. Bear Left on S Columbian Way
  8. Turn Right on Columbia Dr S to P-Patch

 

 
Address

4913-23 Columbia Drive S
(Columbia Drive S and S Ferdinand Street) (Map)

Details

Size: 44,000 sq ft
Established: 1982
Number of plots: 110
Plot Sizes:
Average wait: priority
Ownership of land: Seattle City Light

Features

Year round gardening only

10 x 40 plots

Bus Routes

36

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