Photos by Tino Tran
What’s a giving garden? It’s a place where people grow food to help those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Seattle has dozens of giving gardens – 39+ are located in city P-Patches. In 2014, these gardens donated a combined total of 27 TONS (more than 54,000 pounds) of fresh, organic, GMO-free produce to food banks, meal programs and shelters. Adding Marra Farm’s 13,450 pounds and the Seattle Community Farm’s 8,112 pounds, that’s a more than 38 TONS of produce: if you figure a generous 1/2 pound of produce per serving that’s more than 152,000 servings. $132,201.
Seattle’s Giving Garden Network is a remarkable volunteer operation: volunteers of all ages manage greenhouses, sow seeds, distribute starts to the various gardens, plant the gardens, weed, water and tend them throughout the season, harvest the produce, and deliver the food to where it is needed.
We want this website to:
– Shine a light on the wonderful work being done by these dedicated, hard-working people
– Help giving gardeners across the city connect with each other and with their communities
– Provide resources and answers to questions
– Make it easy for other interested volunteers to find a way to participate
So have fun browsing around and please consider making a donation to this very worthy cause. Enjoy the photos, check out the FAQs, and if you don’t find an answer to your question, feel free to submit it!