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50 years of growth: Seattle’s P-Patch Program celebrates half a century of community gardening

P-Patch Community Gardening 50th Anniversary

The P-Patch Community Gardening Program, managed by the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, is the largest municipally managed community gardening program west of New York. Community gardeners grow food, flowers, and herbs on 15 acres of land across the city of Seattle and provide stewardship for an additional 35 acres. All P-Patch gardens are open to the public to enjoy and are utilized as restorative spaces, learning and idea incubators, and venues for community gatherings. Vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers are grown by over 3600 individual gardeners; one rule gardeners must follow is to use organic gardening practices. This rule not only provides the city with healthy food, but conserves green space and provides habitat for urban pollinators and animals. These functions are essential for a dense and rapidly growing city like Seattle, helping the P-Patch Program to thrive throughout the decades.

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