Rainer Vista Sunrise Garden

Address: 33rd Ave S & S Oregon St


  • Seattle Housing Authority tenants

About The P-Patch

Number Of Plots: 24
Established: 2013
Size: 7,100 sq. ft.
Wait Time: 6-12 months

Rainer Vista Sunrise Garden

Sunrise P-Patch was officially established on a blustery September day in the fall of 2013.Twenty-four plots were distributed to a group of neighbors who'd devoted a summer's worth of weekends to turning an overgrown lot of weeds (and a fewvery hardy kale volunteers) back into a productive garden.

The .16 acre space at the intersection of 33rd and S. Oregon had a much smaller footprint than the market garden that once stood on the site and extended for a full block from Oregon to Genessee. But from the very beginning that humble space felt limitless in its possibilities to served as a place for members of the newly-developed Rainier Vista community to meet, mingle, and bond over their shared yearning for a little vegetable plot.

The gardeners learned a lot about planning and constructing a community garden during the long summer days, but they learned even more about each other. And so long before the first seed was planted, a tight-knit community had already grown. (Though they were all still pretty thrilled about planting those seeds.)

During our inaugural growing the garden has thrived, acting as a respite not only gardeners but also for an entire neighborhood of bikers, skaters, dog-walkers, baby-walkers. Curious questions and impromptu conversations are the new normal.

Our little garden is still growing. Last year we added a 3-bin compost station and rebuilt our greenhouse. And we're excited for what future growing seasons will bring. Visit Sunrise P-Patch online at www.sunriseppatch.tumblr.com