The newly formed Tranquility Committee at the P Patch finished the 2017 gardening season with an event at the annual Children’s Garden Scarecrow Fest in September. Ellen Carpintier led a team in creating a cozy place for children to sit and hear the story “Stone Soup”, while they put the proverbial stone, as well as fresh vegetables from our gardens, into a large pot. With a magical stir, the children created soup— and they were treated to a small cup of hot vegetable soup. The soups were provided by 6 P Patch volunteers, using lots of garden vegetables. We had many readings, and served over 100 children that day at the festival, including a number of our neighboring children from Solid Ground Housing. Our booth had P Patch signs as well as vegetable IDs. It was a fun, lively, interactive day for all of us!
Many thanks to our volunteers that day: Ellen Carpintier, Judy Foley, Kathy Graunke, Cyril Hegel, Linda Strandberg, and Julie Willaford. It took many volunteers—if we have overlooked your participation, we apologize, everyone’s help was hugely appreciated. We also had a Roosevelt High School volunteer, Rosa, who was a big help as well. And additional thanks to Papa Murphy’s on Lake City Way who provided the plastic cups and pizza coupons for the kids.
As part of United Way’s Day of Caring event on Friday, September 23rd, 48 enthusiastic volunteers from Microsoft spent the day working in Magnuson Community Garden’s p-patch!
The volunteers did some amazing work! Accomplishments included clearing of the north end of an abandoned plot in the northwest corner of the garden, removing an apple tree from the middle of the garden, refreshing the northeast gravel path that had become overgrown with weeds and overhanging bushes from the Native Plant border, and removing weeds and sheet mulching a couple of seriously overgrown areas along the southeast border of the garden.
Special thanks also goes out to the p-patch gardeners (Mark Huston, Mary DeLong, Lesley Coe, Beryl Fernandes, Norma Miller and Kathy Dugaw) who spent time in the p-patch working alongside the volunteers!
Due to the national holiday on Monday, July 4th, there will be no food bank delivery that day.
For updates on pounds (of produce from our p-patch) donated so far, check out the white board on the east side of the shed.
We are very appreciative to Seattle Works and PitchBook! Fourteen volunteer gardeners from PitchBook worked at the p patch on Saturday, June 18th! Thank you!
A P Patch work party is scheduled this Saturday, June 11th from 9am to 1pm.
Leaders: Leslye Coe and Liz Bottman
Tasks will include:
- Finishing weeding and chipping the gathering circle.
- Weeding around the raised beds.
- Cutting back grasses along the fence behind the tranquil garden and replanting elsewhere.
- Weeding and sheet mulching a needy patch in your Pod.
- Watering food bank gardens as needed.
Participating in this work party is a great way to get your volunteer hours in and to meet your garden neighbors! An added bonus: the weather promises to be cooler!
A work party is scheduled for this Saturday, May 14th from 10 am to 2 pm.
Leaders: Leslye Coe and Karen Peterson
Tasks will include:
- Cleaning weeds and grass out of the Gathering Circle in the middle of the garden
- Weeding and cleaning up the area between 315 and 314 Food Bank Gardens for an herb garden
On May 3, 2016, a delegation of 21 staff members from the Urban Agriculture section of Sucheon, South Korea toured the Magnuson Community Garden with Emily Bishton (Children’s Garden Chair), Jerry Packard (Orchard Chair), and Christina Pfeiffer (MCG President).
Emily Bishton (far left, below) describing the Children’s Garden programs to the group and their interpreter.
During this wonderful cultural exchange, we shared information about how this multi-purpose community garden came to be built, how it is maintained, and what kinds of events and activities we have here. They were impressed by how much is done by volunteers in cooperation with city staff, as those efforts are only done by paid staff in their city. During their visit, they also got a glimpse of a parent and child Nature Adventure pre-school program with Emily in action, as well as meeting some P-Patch gardeners working their plots.