Seattle’s community gardening program which spread nationwide is featured this weekend on Seattle Sketcher, a feature of the Seattle Times newspaper. ”You can’t spell P-Patch without Picardo” because the Picardo family’s farm became the first P-Patch in 1973. The P-Patch program is still going strong all over the city of Seattle, with new sites being added each year.
This fortieth-anniversary year of the P-Patch will be full of events and commemorations, and volunteers are invited to get involved. More on how the Picardo family came to have a farm in Wedgwood is on Valarie’s history blog.
On Saturday, November 3 at noon there will be a celebration for the completion of the Picardo P-Patch Kids Barn. The Kids Barn is part of the new development of a children’s garden, located in the southeast corner of the P-Patch, 8040 25th Ave NE, nearest to University Prep School. Come join the fun with a pumpkin harvest, potluck and fall crafts for children on Saturday.
The Picardo P-Patch was named for the family who farmed there right into the early 1970′s and began sharing their land with those in the neighborhood who wanted to grow vegetables. A “pea patch” has always been one way to describe a garden and when the City of Seattle started the program in 1973, the “P” was taken for that meaning and in tribute to the Picardo family. Picardo’s is the original P-Patch in the city and is one of the Wedgwood neighborhood’s treasures.
Spanish-inspired tapas, wine, paella, and a dreamy dessert buffet are back again for this year’s Feast in the Garden Fundraiser for the Picardo P-Patch, to be held Wednesday, August 1st. This year’s proceeds will be used to renovate the north common area (by the statue) including the food bank locker and tool shed. Tickets are $30 each or $50/couple until July 15th. After July 15th: $35 each or $60/couple. Purchase tickets by contacting Scott Sipes: email@example.com
The P-Patch at the Picardo Farm, 8040 25th Ave NE, has a busy activity program of work-parties, social and educational get-togethers for adults and for children.
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