Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens is a partnership between in-city gardeners and consumers resulting in weekly deliveries of high-quality, farm-fresh, organic produce during the growing season and a weekly on site farm stand.
In 2012 Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens provided produce for approximately 39 households over 20 weeks. It currently has two community supported agriculture (CSA) gardens located in and worked by residentsin Southeast and Southwest Seattle. Each garden also sells produce on site at a weekly farm stand.
Seattle P-Patch Market Gardens' mission is to help establish safe, healthy communities and economic opportunity through development of CSA and Farm Stand enterprises in low-income neighborhoods.
During the fourth year of the farm stand, sales leveled off. Increased purchases were made by low income local residents. EBT (Food Stamp) card payments continue to be available We continued working with the West Seattle Food Bank and the Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Program to address local food security issues. We are constantly assessing and reevaluating our marketing strategies to align with our mission.
How do you subscribe?
You can subscribe here by filling out an application and sending it (see application for mailing address) — or if you need more information you can contact Michelle Jones, Seattle Market Gardens' Marketing Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who runs Seattle Market Gardens?
Seattle Market Gardens is collaboration between the non-profit P-Patch Trust and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods' P-Patch Community Gardening Program.
Providing organic gardening space, the P-Patch Community gardening Program has 73 gardens with over 1900 plots and 4,000 gardeners. In 1995, P-Patch began its collaboration with Seattle Housing Authority. Currently there are twelve community gardens within three mixed-income Seattle Housing Authority communities (Rainier Vista, High Point, and New Holly), one low income community (Yesler Terrace) and in the non-profit housing community Mt. Baker Village Apartments. The P-Patch Community Gardening Program works closely with the respective community councils and neighborhood groups to set priorities for garden management and development.
P-Patch Trust markets produce subscriptions for the two Seattle Market Gardens, serves as the fiscal agent and provides financial support.
The Department of Neighborhoods provides staff to work with low-income communities to develop and manage the gardens.