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.
For more information, please contact Magnuson Community Garden’s Food Bank Coordinator Chris Budech (cbudech “at” gmail.com).
A P Patch work party is scheduled this Saturday, June 11th from 9am to 1pm.
Leaders: Leslye Coe and Liz Bottman
Tasks will include:
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:
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).
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.
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 activities 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The following Children’s Garden events have been planned for 2016! For details, visit the Magnuson Nature Programs website.
2016 Children’s Garden Event Calendar
Sat. March 19th from 10 am-2 pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event. This first major event of the year will be about preparing the soil and beginning to plant our new Butterfly Garden, and the Blueberry patch on the lower east side of the hill.
Sat. April 16th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm: Seattle Works TeamWorks stewardship event and 2nd annual Earth Day Family Garden Day. There will be family-friendly hands-on garden activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc, and the goal is for the new Butterfly garden and Blueberry projects to be completed!
Possible June event: There is a possibility that we will also host a Seattle Works Day event in early June, but the date, time, and application info have not yet been released by Seattle Works.
Friday July 1st from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center Ice Cream Social amphitheater event with a Bluegrass band. This has also been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar.
Tuesday July 26th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with a Beatles tribute band. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.
Tuesday August 16th from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: This Family Day event will feature a few family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, nature art etc. during the Magnuson Community Center amphitheater event with Caspar Babypants performing. This has been listed on the Seattle Works “hot project” calendar also.
Friday September 23rd from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm: United Way Day of Caring in the Magnuson Children’s Garden and P-Patch to get the garden in tip top shape for the Oct 1st Scarecrow Fest!
Saturday Oct 1st: Scarecrow Fest! 11 am-2 pm: We plan to host our usual family-friendly activities, such as worm bin and log pile exploration, and nature art, plus Scarecrow Fest favorites such as the orchard maze/scavenger hunt, harvesting for the food back, etc.
Magnuson Community Garden p-patch donated over 4,000 lbs. of fresh produce to the Lake City Food Bank in 2015! This total surpassed the 2014 total of 3,300 lbs.!
Thanks to everyone who contributed produce to the program! A special thanks to Chris Budech, Magnuson’s p-patch coordinator, and all the volunteers who made deliveries on behalf of the p-patch!