Since about 2008, a Wallingford Greenhouse project has grown thousands (+7000 in 2013!) of vegetable starts in a resident’s greenhouse in Wallingford. In 2012, a Ballard resident offered his greenhouse to grow starts as well.
Each February, community volunteers refresh their seed-sowing skills and begin planting snow and snap peas, followed by lettuces, kales, beans, tomatoes, peppers, and other vegetable varieties that grow well in Seattle. As successions of seeds are sown in the greenhouses, winter blankets of burlap and leaves are removed from Giving Gardens in the city’s P-Patches.
Two major events follow: Seattle’s Giving Garden Network Gathering and Interbay P-Patch’s Giving Garden Kick-off and kale harvest. These are where the first greenhouse vegetable seedlings are distributed. Starts continue to leave the greenhouse through July, and are distributed to waiting Giving Gardens across Seattle. The seedlings help extend the growing season and increase harvests, allowing more produce to be donated to food banks, shelters, and meal programs. Vegetable varieties are tailored to food bank requests and ensure that different cultural communities receive familiar and favorite foods. In 2013, over 29,000 pounds of fresh produce was donated directly by 64 Giving Gardens!
We are always looking for volunteers and welcome volunteers at all levels – from workers in the greenhouses to planners to distribution experts ! To volunteer, please go to the CONTACT US page of this website and let us know of your interest.