©2019 GROW

Growing healthier communities!

 

GROW’s Vision

We see inclusive, vibrant Northwest communities fed by organic gardeners and farmers, and a healthy food culture.

 

Our Mission

We build healthy and diverse communities by:

  • Advocating for, managing and funding organic community gardens and orchards, urban farms and green spaces

  • Providing educational opportunities for growing, sharing and preparing food

  • Acquiring and holding land for organic community gardens, urban farms and green spaces.

 

 

What We Do

GROW and its predecessor organizations have been providing effective and consistent advocacy and services for organic community gardens for more than 40 years.

 

Because it’s a volunteer-driven organization, GROW is able to spend an impressive 87 percent of its funds on projects and services. Sources of support are gifts from individuals, foundations, and other organizations; corporations, especially those that match their employees’ charitable gifts; and grants.

 

Our work includes:

  • Advocacy: GROW works with the City of Seattle, King County and other government and private entities to protect existing gardens and to find sites and mechanisms for creating additional ones. We also coach neighborhood groups through the process of starting a community garden or orchard.
     

  • Stewardship: GROW is a land conservancy that can own property, which ensures community gardens can be maintained in perpetuity. We presently own or co-own six of Seattle’s P-Patches. (The others are on public property, which can be re-purposed for other uses as urban density increases.) GROW works on an ongoing basis to identify and facilitate the development of additional sites for community gardens, and always pursues possibilities for acquiring more properties.
     

  • Leadership development: Community gardens function best when they have a team of site leaders who can work together to meet the needs of gardeners and landowners. We provide free training and consultation to help develop effective leadership teams.
     

  • Support for low-income gardenersAs part of our commitment to help enable everyone to garden and grow food as needed, GROW pays the plot fees for low-income gardeners in the Seattle P-Patch network who request assistance.
     

  • Tools and seeds:  GROW purchases tools for shared use at gardens that need them, and also distributes seeds for gardeners’ use.
     

  • Financial assistance:  We make small grants for the development of community gardens, and for assistance to organizations that increase the availability of healthy food for low-income people.
     

  • Food for the needy:  GROW encourages gardeners at P-Patches and other sites to “grow a row for the hungry,” and supports systems for having produce from community gardens delivered to local food banks and programs providing meals to hungry people.
     

  • The P-Patch Post:  Twice a year, GROW issues a tabloid publication called the P-Patch Post, which provides seasonal gardening information, stories about inspirational gardeners and interesting community gardens, recipes, and much more.  Past and present issues of the Post are available on this website.

 

  • Liability insurance:  GROW provides liability insurance for all Seattle P-Patches and some other community gardens and orchards, ensuring that gardeners have coverage in case of accident or injury.

 

  • Fiscal sponsorship services:  We serve as the required fiscal sponsor for community gardens, orchards and parks, providing them a legal mechanism for raising and managing their funds as a non-profit entity. This arrangement enables individual sites to raise money for improvement projects.