Our volunteer board of directors focuses its work in two areas:
1) garden acquisition, and 2) program development, support and advocacy.
- Supports the development of P-Patch Gardens on Trust land
- Provides financial support for acquiring and developing gardens
- Provides community gardens with small development grants, plot rental fees for low-income gardeners, and tools for shared use at all the gardens
- Supports Seattle Market Gardens, a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, in partnership with the City of Seattle and the Seattle Housing Authority
- Assists Lettuce Link (a Solid Ground program) to distribute tons of fresh produce from the 80 community gardens to area food banks
- Advocates on issues of food security, community gardening, urban agriculture, community development and organic gardening
The P-Patch Post Newsletter
With the hard work of committed and energetic volunteers, the P-Patch Trust publishes a quarterly newsletter called “P-Patch Post”. In here you can find seasonal gardening tips, recipes, stories on inspirational gardeners, the Trust’s Board Presidents editorial and much much more.
P-Patch Trust advocates for community gardening and urban agriculture through networks and relationship building with a variety of Seattle leaders.
Grants and Tools
The Trust annually donates funds for the purchase of needed tools for P-Patch gardens that need new tools such as shovels, rakes, garden forks and other important tools that makes the garden function.
P-Patch Trust hosts regular ongoing meetings for the more than 70 garden leaders to meet and discuss the ups and downs of garden coordinating. These networking meetings are great opportunities to share experiences, learn tips and ideas for encouraging participation in the garden and involving the neighbors. For more information contact Board Member Mark Huston (
P-Patch Trust has a history of incubating new programs, including projects that have continued on to be housed within other organizations. Past projects include Lettuce Link (now with Solid Ground), Cultivating Communities & Cultivating Youth. Incubating a program means providing strategic oversight, financial contributions and organizational/administrative support.
Every year, P-Patch Trust supports low-income gardeners through a program that covers the cost of garden fees ($34-$67 depending on the plot size). When an individual or family submits their application for a garden plot they are able to ask for assistance. The Trust covers several thousand dollars of plot fees annually.
P-Patch Trust also supports gardens by providing financial accounting and oversight, or fiscal agencies to groups of gardeners seeking grants and fundraising opportunities.