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.


Oct. 10 Work Party Update

Oct 10 2015 work party

Despite heavy rain most of the morning of Saturday, Oct. 8th, eight hardy souls showed up for the work party this morning. Accomplished tasks included gathering up all the hoses and stowing them in the back corner of the tool shed. Since it was pouring heavy rain the whole time, the rest of the final chores will need to be done next Saturday, Oct. 17, at 10:00 AM.

Oct. 17th tasks will include:

  • Cleaning out the Food Bank end of the tool shed
  • Treating the food bank plots with calcium carbonate to help prevent tomato blossom end rot
  • Final weeding of Food Bank plots and other common areas
  • Winterizing the Food Bank plots with burlap bags



Food bank update

tomato plant

As of August 22, 2015, Magnuson’s p-patch program has donated 2,800 lbs. of produce! This high total means that it’s likely we’ll surpass our last year’s end of year total of 3,300 lbs.!

A couple reminders from Chris Budech, Magnuson’s p-patch coordinator:

  • If you need back-up harvesting, contact Chris or your pod leader.
  • If the weather is cooler, it’s ok to put veggies like zucchini, squash, beans and maybe under-ripe tomatoes in the food bank shed a couple of days early if you can’t make the eve before or day of delivery.
  • Deliveries are Mondays and Fridays at 9:30am.