Ballard P-Patch Community Garden
Founded in 1979, The Ballard P-Patch is one of the oldest community gardens in the Seattle P-Patch program. It spans 18,000 square feet and has roughly 80 individually tended plots as well as a Giving Garden, an Enabled Garden and a Community Learning Garden.
Our Giving Garden is gardened collectively by our community and raises produce solely for the Ballard Food Bank. We donate at least 1500 pounds of organically grown produce each year and love doing it! We often exceed our growing goals for the Ballard Food Bank, which serves over 1400 local households per week.
Our recently upgraded Enabled Garden serves the needs of those who cannot tend a traditional gardening plot by providing raised beds with ADA accessibility on a stable and permeable hardscape surface.
Our Community Learning Garden offers opportunities for those who garden here as well as our greater community to learn gardening techniques and improve their gardening skills by offering free experiential classes. In 2013 we offered more than a dozen classes. We are a robust community of gardeners with a high rate of volunteerism.
We have a need for expert assistance. Time has taken its toll on our garden. Some of our plots have shrunk or grown from the slated plot size of 10 X 10 feet. We have also lost accessibility to portions of our garden. We would like a professional to survey our garden and advise on the efficient use of space and traffic flow. With a growing waiting list to join our garden, we would like to add more individual plots without compromising our Giving, Enabled and Learning Gardens. We feel that working with an expert would help us use our volunteer labor effectively and accomplish our goals of accessibility with the minimum of stress and disruption to the garden.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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