to try with the youth in your garden
Summer Garden Recipe: Garlicky Pea Shoot Tangle
Who says you can’t eat more than just the peas of a pea plant?!
If you don’t have peas yet…or even if you do, try this recipe with your youth to show them how to cook creatively.
1 Tbsp. roasted peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. pea shoots, rinsed, drained, and thoroughly dried
2 Tbsp. garlic, minced or crushed
¼ tsp. salt (or to taste)
- Outside: Take a walk through your garden to gather your pea shoots.
- Place a large, deep skillet or wok over medium heat. After about a minute, add the oil and swirl to coat the pan.
- Add the pea shoots and garlic, and turn up the heat. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes, attempting to get the garlic distributed evenly through the tangle of shoots. Stir in the salt along the way.
- Remove from the heat as soon as the pea shoots are wilted and have turned deep green. Serve hot or warm.
Tip: It’s easiest to use tongs or a large, long-handled fork for mixing.
our Youth Gardening Objectives
Gardens actively offer opportunities for youth to discover food, nature,
gardening, and community building. It is our hope that these community
gardens are used as a tool to promote safe gardening practices and
healthy lifestyle choices to future generations. We encourage youth
to be involved in the community garden through assisting in the garden
giving plot, renting a plot with a school group or after school program,
utilizing the space for service projects, or simply taking a visit
to one of the gardens. Partnering with local gardening experts, P-Patch
as acts as an agent in distributing community gardening knowledge
to youth of diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Our
youth gardening opportunities strive to incorporate youth into the
fabric of the community and foster the growth of active and involved
to get a Plot?
Procedure for Acquiring a Youth Plot
1. Make sure your Youth Organization meets requirements for plot priority
- Must be an organization, community member, or school that services children and youth (ages up to 24)) or has a youth component.
Youth from group will be coming to the garden and utilize space consistently.
Will be committed to caring for the garden year long
Be able to fill the 8hr minimum volunteer labor to support their site and/or the P-Patch Program.
Produce grown in a P-Patch cannot be sold commercially, though it may be given away to family, friends, strangers, or food banks.
to online interest list
Be sure to specify this plot request will be utilized by children and youth.
3. Contact P-Patch Youth Gardening Coordinator
Contact P-Patch staff directly and let them know of your potential interest and what type of support you may need. They can point you toward a plethora of gardening resources as well as connect you with community members/organizations they may want to assist you in the care of your plot.
P-Patch Community Garden Coordinator
4. Youth organization supervisor must attend youth gardening workshop
It is often hard to gage the extent of opportunities/commitment in having a youth plot in a P-Patch. P-Patch sponsors, introductory, workshops filled with helpful tips on how to best utilize your youth garden space. It is a requirement to have whoever is supervising the plot in your organization, attend one of these workshops before obtaining the plot.
Are you and the kids in your life itching to get your knees in the dirt to start your gardening year?
Start with a smile at this hands-on workshop, chock-full of information on how to have success in a children’s garden, p-patch plot, or your own back yard!
4th annual Youth Gardening Workshop!
Sponsored by Dept of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program
Facilitated by Emily Bishton
Saturday March 9th from 9:30am-12noon
(coffee, refreshments, and networking from 9:30-10am, workshop from 10am-12noon)
Bradner Park P Patch classroom
1730 Bradner Place S.
Seattle, WA 98144
Click here for a map
· Sustainability issues, such as recruiting and retaining volunteers.
· Fun and educational activities for youth gardening programs.
· How to get started with youth garden education.
· Maximizing food production from a youth plot.
· We touched on maintenance and design issues
Activities took place outside as well as in the classroom, participants dressed for the weather!
WANT TO VOLUNTEER?:
Help with setting up & cleaning up- please email Kenya.Fredie@Seattle.Gov
Learn from experienced professional Emily Bishton:
Emily Bishton is a landscape designer and environmental educator.She has been involved in the designs for many local public and private gardens, including the Bradner Children’s Garden, Magnuson Children’s Garden, and the new Orca School Garden. For the past 15 years, Emily has also taught hundreds of gardening classes and consulted for dozens of children’s garden programs all over King County. Since 2005, she has been director and head teacher of the Magnuson Jr. Nature Explorers and Family Nature Explorers programs.
5. Pay a small annual fee for the right to garden in a P-Patch plot.
The fees cover cost of direct services: use of land, water and organic fertilizer. ***Assistance is always available, from the P-Patch Trust, to reduce or waive plot fees for underserved gardeners***.
WHAT SIZE ARE THE PLOTS, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
PROGRAM PLOT FEES
$25 application fee
$12 for each 100sf gardened
Please refer to the examples below:
10 x 10 (100 square feet) - $37 annual fee
6. Must attend gardening orientation and commit to Rules/Regulations
10 x 20 (200 square feet) - $49 annual fee
10 x 40 (400 square feet) - $73 annual fee
Once you have been assigned a plot, usually in early spring, you will undergo an orientation at the garden you have been assigned to. Each garden has its own specific rules in addition to the general rules/regulations that must be followed by all the sites.
- You must contribute a minimum 8 hours of time to the common areas of the garden
- You must give four of those hours at your P-Patch site.
- You must care for your plot (keep it weeded, watered and harvested!) and paths on a year-round basis
- You must provide soil improvements, seeds, tools (some tools available for loan) and labor.
- Keep in mind, as a gardener, you reflect the P-Patch program to the surrounding neighbors – please be nice.
Children’s Garden at Picardo 2011-Pumpkin Patch
Picardo P-Patch has had a 400 square foot plot set aside for the children. There are 35-40 children who actively participated this past season. The y have received a grant to expansion and re-building the children's garden.
The new and improved children's garden will include: gardening space, family gardening demonstration beds, a cottage which will serve as a tool shed/greenhouse/mini classroom, a bean teepee, a sensory garden, a water feature that will serve as source for water collection and a tool for water conservation education, a compost education area, and many other features.
Volunteers hope is that this garden will be a place where children connect to the earth and our natural world. A place where kids can come and feel safe and have fun together, where communities are strengthened, and where families and children gain knowledge about growing food.
Queen Anne P-Patch Host Youth From Global Workshop. Global Workshop
partners with Guatemela and Queen Anne P-Patch. and Global Workshop Spanish Immersion program. Who: Middle School Students in Seattle and Guatemala who love Spanish, who care about the future and who want to improve the planet!
Throughout the 2011, Spanish language middle school students tended a plot at the Queen Anne P-Patch. Students were participating in a Global Workshop, created by The Language Link, a program that engages Seattle children in world languages. The Queen Anne middle schoolers documented their work in Spanish and in digital storytelling. They exchanged stories on line with study partners in Guatemala, who are documenting their own project as well. The culmination will be a visit to Guatemala to visit and share with study partners. Click on the link to see the students video report.
Kids make signs for the garden!
Don't Have a School Garden?
How Close Your Child's School is to city P-Patch's (837 KB)
Map-Washington State School and Community Gardens
Here are some ideas
on how to incorporate your group into the fabric of the community.