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P-Patch YOUTH Gardening

Seeding the next generation of organic gardeners

kids eating veggies

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

Crispy Kale


  • 1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt, for sprinkling


Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food.


About our Youth Gardening Objectives

P-Patches 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, the P-Patch program 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?

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. 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.

2014 WORKSHOP: Already happened but watch for next years.

Cost: FREE!

Sponsored by Dept of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program

4. 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, 4 of which must be at the P-Patch you are gardening at.
  • 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.

5. *Pay a small annual fee once assigned a P-Patch plot.
The fees cover cost of direct services: use of land, water and organic fertilizer. *

*Assistance is always available, from the GROW, to reduce or waive plot fees for underserved gardeners.

$27 application fee
$13 for each 100sf gardened
Please refer to the examples below:

Help with setting up & cleaning up- please email Kenya.Fredie@Seattle.Gov

Join the P-Patch Youth listserv

What to Plant?
Plants for Kids-Click


Grandchilden Dig Potatoes at Evanston P-Patch
by: Barbara

Hello: I planted an extra long row of German potatoes this year, hoping that my grandkids would be able to help me harvest them. One day when they happened to be visiting my house, they wanted to go to the ppatch and help me with the potatoes. My son did the heavy digging, and they picked up the potatoes. They argued over who would get to keep the biggest ones, but the good news is that there were plenty of potatoes for everyone. The oldest child is now eight. Another story revolves around pumpkins. It was my choice to plant pumpkins for the first time in the flower bed on the parking strip. We had many baby pumpkins set and grow big and round. There was a sign letting everyone know that they were to be picked for our pumpkin pie event in October. In spite of this warning, the pumpkins gradually disappeared from the flower bed. In the end, I only harvested 3 of them. there were at least 12, I'm sure! But inside the garden fence, pumpkins were thriving and getting huge, and nobody seemed to bother them. I couldn't feel too badly about the stolen pumpkins, though, because they were a lively topic of conversation for passersby.

Magnuson Nature Programs 2013 P-Patching Fun
By Emily Bishton

2013 was our 8th year in Magnuson P-Patch, and another very eventful one for the hundreds of children and adults who learned and grew together in our plot!  We had a bountiful harvest from spring to fall even though we grew most of our crops in a “mish-mash” of large plastic nursery pots, recycling bins, and other containers (due to a severe morning glory and horsetail problem in our corner of the p-patch).  I never knew that Scarlet Runner Beans, Cucumbers, and Peas could thrive so well in containers, so it was a learning experience for me too.  Other benefits to growing in containers was much less accidental trampling of crops by gardeners of all ages, and easier access for our littlest gardeners ages 2-3 who have a tendency to tumble forward when squatting down to plant or harvest. 

In order to maximize our food production in 2014, and use the plot most efficiently, we are applying for a Small Sparks Grant to fund the purchase of several steel stock troughs to use as big planters.  This will also make our plot universally-accessible for children and adults of all ages and abilities, and allow us to expand our outreach and programming even more!

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?

Call the P-Patch Office for ways to get involved: 206-684-0264 or email:


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