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Greenwood P-Patch being remodeled

Members of the Greenwood P-Patch Steering Committee have begun remodeling the community garden at 345 NW 88th St. Greenwood P-Patch was originally built in 1997, and is just a short walk from the Greenwood Fred Meyer.

Greenwood P-Patch-entrance-resized

Photo courtesy of Greenwood P-Patch Steering Committee.

The garden currently has 28 plots but is working to increase that to 33. Tom Jenkins, a University of Washington student who is interning on the Steering Committee, tells me the list of gardeners hoping to get a spot stands at about 40 names. He says 11 of the current plots will be available to new gardeners. That would mean 16 new gardeners could take over spots in the garden.

“As a fairly new gardener, I can appreciate the magnitude of this potential influx of new faces, as my fiancée and I waited for a year and a half before we were offered a plot of our own to tend; as renters in a nearby condominium complex, this is our only “yard” and a welcome bit of green space,” he told me by email.

The Steering Committee received a $24,000 grant from the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods for the remodel. The group has to match that, with at least 50 percent coming from volunteer hours valued at $20 an hour. That would equal 600 volunteer hours, but the group has set a more ambitious goal of 1,000 volunteer hours. They’ve also received in-kind donations, including sharpening of their gardening tools by Seattle Knife Sharpening & Supply at 7421 Greenwood Ave. N.

The P-Patch is looking for three to five volunteers to help out with light demolition work at the next work party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 (volunteers don’t need to stay the entire four hours). Email Tom at [email protected] if you can help. You can also follow the group’s progress on its Facebook page.