University District P-Patch
In 1976, a former gravel parking lot blossomed into the University District P-Patch (UDPP), a 14,400 square foot thriving community garden located in Seattle, Washington. As truckloads of rocks have disappeared over the years, and even more truckloads of organic material have arrived, the garden has grown into a showpiece, a place of great pride, fabulous food production, and enjoyment for all.
The UDPP serves approximately 80 gardeners per year in 54 plots of 400, 200 and 100 square feet. The land it occupies is owned by King County and the garden is part of the extensive City of Seattle P-Patch program. A volunteer leadership committee communicates with gardeners, problem solves as challenges arise, and acts as the liaison with the City of Seattle.
Approximately 1,000 square feet of the total garden is dedicated to growing fresh vegetables and fruits for the University District Food Bank, which consistently one of the busiest food banks in the City of Seattle, serving more than 1,100 families with groceries each week. The food bank plots are lead by a dedicated volunteer who is assisted by two interns from the University of Washington. Also, when other gardeners have an excess of food or are on vacation, produce is donated to the food bank. Last year, the UDPP donated 300 lbs. of food to the food bank. We hope to use funds from a Kitchen Garden Initiative grant to buy gardening tools specifically for the food bank plots. Tools are kept in locked on-site sheds, which are only accessible to gardeners.
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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