When I first moved to Seattle way back in the 90’s, I got to add a slew of new words to my vocabulary: “sun breaks”, “vente”, “right on”, and “p-patch”. And that last one has been one of the more frequently requested amenities among residents here in the CD. It makes sense why – Seattleites like living in a bigish city but still need access to the great outdoors. And with our small to nonexistent backyards, P-patches give us a chance to step away from our computers and get out and do something productive with real dirt, plants, and produce.
Back around New Years we told you about a well-organized group of neighbors who were raising money to turn a vacant lot at 25th & Spring into a neighborhood garden. They met their fundraising goal of $3000 and won a grant from the city to buy the lot and turn it into a p-patch.
Now with the weather turning nice, they’re beginning to get things underway, starting with clearing the lot of all the weeds that currently occupy the space. It’s a big job and they’ll need a lot of help to get things cleaned up, so if you live in the area and want to get involved, subscribe to their email list at [email protected] (see comment #3 below for precise instructions). They’ll be organizing some weekend work parties with all the necessary tools provided by the city. It should be a good way to get out of the house, meet some neighbors, and help build a new amenity for the community.