Food Bank Gardening


One of our Food Bank plots

One of Magnuson Community Garden’s food bank plots one evening in early June 2016…

Last summer, Magnuson Community Garden donated close to 5,000 lbs of fresh, organic produce – more any other Seattle area p patch – to local Seattle area food banks!


FYI – Gardeners can donate from their own p patch garden plots. Delivery to Magnuson Transitional housing is on Mondays, with drivers leaving at 9:30am to make deliveries. Delivery to Lake City Food Bank is on Fridays, with drivers leaving at 9:30am.

Produce can be left in the north side of the shed. There is no need to weigh or log produce; drivers will do that.

Produce such as leafy greens, should be left the night before or morning of a scheduled delivery. Other longer lasting vegetables can be left earlier.


Food from our garden ready to be delivered…


For more information, please contact Magnuson Community Garden’s Food Bank Coordinator Chris Budech (cbudech “at”

P Patch Work Party Scheduled for this Saturday, June 11th!

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!

Spring Edible and Ornamental Plant Sale @ Nathan Hale High School

Did you know that Nathan Hale High School has an urban farm? Well, they’re planning a plant sale for the following dates and times:

  • Wed 5/4 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Thurs 5/5 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Fri 5/6 – 2 to 6 PM
  • Sat 5/7 – 9 AM to 1 PM

Expect a huge selection of vegetable starts, hanging baskets, perennials, bedding plants, and herbs–all grown by Hale horticulture students using sustainable methods. For more information check out their Facebook page.

Delegation from Urban Agriculture of Sucheon, Korea Toured MCG

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).

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. MCG Korea visit

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.


Native Plant Sale on Sunday, May 1st from 10am to 1pm!

The Society for Ecological Restoration-UW Nursery is having a native plant sale coming up on Sunday, May 1st from 10am to 1pm! Over 40 species ranging from salmonberry to western hemlock to vanilla leaf will be on sale. Come check out our wide selection and support your local, student run nursery!

The sale will be at the Douglas Research Conservatory at the Center for Urban Horticulture located at 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA.

Native Plant Sale Info

Outdoors for All Spring Break Day Camp at Magnuson

Outdoors for All serves adults and children with disabilities by providing them with different activities and opportunities to experience the outdoors. During the week of April 11th, Outdoors for All held a spring break day camp at Magnuson Park. Some of the camp activOutdoorsForAll -2ities OutdoorsForAll-1 focused on work the Magnuson Community Garden and included cleaning out a raised bed, planting seeds and new starts. The students did a great job and even volunteered to pull horsetails from the native border.

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First work party of the season was a success!

Approximately 25 people turned out to work in the p-patch this past Saturday, April 9th, for the first work party of the season. The weather was superb!

work party 4.10.16

work party 4.10.16

Accomplishments included taking out all the hoses from winter storage and distributing them throughout the p-patch and storing used burlap sacks in the tool shed.

Additionally, several people worked on plot #223, which had fallen into severe decline. By the time all the quack grass had been removed, a plot that had been among the worst in shape was transformed into one of the best garden plots, ready for a new gardener to start this season.

First garden work party of spring 2016

Come to the first garden work party of the season on Saturday, April 9, starting at 10:00. 
Vicki (our in house birder) and Jim King will be leading.

The first and foremost task of the day will be to get the hoses out of the tool shed and distributed around the garden.  Those who come early will get the best work choices!

Magnuson’s Food Bank Program #1 in Seattle for Donations in 2015!

The Magnuson Community Garden is one of the largest in the Seattle P-Patch system with 11 food bank plots (also known as Giving Gardens) that are planted and harvested by Magnuson P-Patch volunteer gardeners specifically for donation. Gardeners also donate from their own P-Patch gardens. Organic produce donations are made to the Lake City Food Bank and to the Transitional Housing Programs located in nearby Magnuson Park Housing.Food Bank garden plot

In 2015, Magnuson Park Community Garden donated 4,739 pounds, placing Magnuson at #1 in terms of donations. For details on all 2015 donations in the Seattle area, the Giving Gardens 2015 Report is available for download.

More information about Magnuson Community Garden’s Food Bank Program can be found here.


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