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Seeding the next generation of organic gardeners

P-Patch Youth Garden

Table of Contents

Youth Gardening Objectives

How to get a Plot?

Apply to online interest list

What to Plant?


Stay informed, join our youth email list

Map (showing Schools in relationship to P-Patch's)

Want to get your youth group involved in the local P-Patch Garden?

Want to Get Involved with an existing group or activity?

Contact Us

Recipe 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.

About our Youth Gardening Objectives

P-Patch Community 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 citizens.

How 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.

2. Apply 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.

Kenya Fredie
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

Topics Discussed:

·        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!

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***.

$25 application fee
$12 for each 100sf gardened
Please refer to the examples below:

10 x 10 (100 square feet) - $37 annual fee
10 x 20 (200 square feet) - $49 annual fee
10 x 40 (400 square feet) - $73 annual fee

6. Must attend gardening orientation and commit to Rules/Regulations
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.

What to Plant?
Plants for Kids-Click


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 kids in the garden

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?

Map-See 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.
  • Giving Garden
    Often the Community Giving Plot is in need of assistance. Contact the local site leader and see if your group could assist this plot on a regular basis or as a one time experience.
  • Kids in the Garden Day
    Teaming up interested garden member with community youth groups to have a kids in the garden day. This could include activities revolving around processes occurring in the garden using discovery kits.
  • Garden Tours
    Each Site has a designated volunteer to offer tours of the garden area. This could be followed by using the garden common area to conduct an activity, such as planting container seedlings, worm/insect discovery, garden scavenger hunt.
  • Hands on Composting
    The garden sites have a variety of composting techniques depending on interest. Come check out the composting facilities to go along with the lesson plans. If there is a need for a worm composting container your group could adopt that project with the permission of site leaders.
  • Volunteer in Communal Spaces
    Many of the P-Patch sites are in need of help for small projects on-site These could range from painting a shed with a youth mural, weeding, planting in communal areas, or harvesting. Gardens are in constant need of the support of the community throughout seasonal changes.

Want to Get Involved with an existing group or activity?

Looking for our volunteer application? Youth Volunteer Application(69KB) If you are interested in getting involved with youth activities and are not an established organization you will need to fill out our volunteer application.

Work we Need Help with

Volunteers are an essential part of our program. We depend on volunteers for keeping our staff to student ratio low and providing great nutrition education opportunities. Our volunteers get to participate in an exciting program, working with children in the classroom and garden. They get to enrich their knowledge with education, nutrition and gardening and assist with all aspects of our program. Our current volunteer opportunities include:

Classroom Assistant
Come help out in our nutrition education classes! Classroom assistants commit to the same class every week for a full season with one of our partners. They will have the opportunity to work with students as a class and in small groups on hands-on recipes, classroom activities, and in the garden. The next season starts in February Check out our schedule to see if there is a class that might work for you!

We will be participating in several events this winter and spring. Events volunteers can help out with set-up and clean-up in addition to the event itself.

Office Assistant
Can't commit to regular hours? Interested in learning more about nutrition and gardening curriculum and/or helping create educational games and activities? Help us out the in the office! We are in the process of organizing and taking inventory of our large collection of curriculum materials. We are also always working on creating fun and educational games and activities for our students. We can work with you to find the best time and project to fit your schedule and level of interest.

Garden Assistant
Come help out for a few hours. Youth plots need help cleaning up and preparing for spring. Youth plots also need help with compost and starting worm bins. Alternatively, participate in a garden work party! If you and your coworkers, club, or group of friends are looking for a fun, active, team-building outdoor activity to give back to your community, contact us to schedule a work party that will work for you.

All volunteers must complete our Volunteer Application and return it to our office. A Washington State Background check is required to work with our students or in our schoolyard gardens and will be completed after the application is received.



We partner with a variety of schools and youth organizations to facilitate creating opportunities for nutrition and gardening education. Contact us if your organization is interested in creating a partnership with P-Patch Youth Gardening.

Inquire about future opportunities

Sign Up on the Youth Discussion Listserv

Messages and notices should be limited to topics relevant to children and youth activities in local P-Patches, whether they already are occurring, in the planning process, or simply brainstorming ideas. This discussion group hopes to give all P-Patch gardeners and other garden groups working in the area, a place to post their questions and concerns regarding how to inspire the next generation of gardeners to take part in our community gardens. It will evolve as a resource to those gardeners wishing to become more involved with youth programming and activities.

Helpful Links


P-Patch Youth Gardening
700 5th Ave Suite 1700
PO Box 94649
Seattle WA 98124

Kenya Y. Fredie
Seattle P- Patch Program
Office: (206) 733-9243

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