P-Patch Community Gardening 50th Anniversary

Hand drawn vegetables, berries, critters and leaves with the words P-Patch Community Gardening 50th Anniversary, 1973-2023

We will be celebrating the P-Patch Program's 50th Anniversary on Saturday September 9 from 3-6 PM at Magnuson Park P-Patch! The event is free and open to all. Come enjoy snacks, live music, and children’s garden activities, to celebrate this vibrant legacy and flourishing community.

Officially started in 1973, the City of Seattle’s P-Patch Community Gardening Program is celebrating its 50th anniversary all year long with events, stories, celebrations, improvement projects and more.

The name “P-Patch” commemorates the Picardo family who operated a truck farm in the Wedgwood area in the early twentieth century. In the early 1970s, the family let a neighbor use a portion of their property to start a community garden to grow food for people impacted by the economic recession. The community garden space was initially managed by Puget Consumers Co-op (now PCC Community Markets). The experiment was so successful that the Picardos eventually sold the remainder of the farm to the City of Seattle, becoming the city’s first P-Patch.   

Today, the P-Patch Program has grown to serve more than 3,500 households in 91 gardens located in neighborhoods throughout Seattle. True to its origins, the P-Patch program continues to grow food for those in need and focuses on supporting low-income and historically underserved community members. Learn more about the P-Patch program.

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Jenifer Chao, Director
Address: 600 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94649, Seattle, WA, 98124-4649
Phone: (206) 684-0464
Fax: (206) 233-5142

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