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Our Impact

In 2021, GROW launched a Micro Grant program, with the goal of providing financial assistance with projects focused on building infrastructure or enhancing community. In the first 6 months itself, this program helped 11 gardens.
Last December we shared the wonderful news  that our campaign to purchase the Ballard P-Patch was a success…..
The UpGarden P-Patch is being saved from immediate closure!

GROW is the fiscal sponsor to over half (50+) P-Patch gardens. In 2021, there were five gardens with active projects, namely, Percardo, Barton Street, UpGarden, Magneson and Hawkins. 
Helped administer $150,000 grants to P-Patch gardens in 2021.
GROW gave the max of $15,000 to Seattle’s P-Patch Low Income Garden Assistance Program. In 2021, this helped 784 low income families pay for their plots, which is 43 more families than in 2020.
We pay the property taxes to own the gardens and keep it in open space in perpetuity. Property taxes are estimated at $14,000 for 2021 and likely to increase 20% in 2022.

Free Spanish-language webinar on tree care and weed control-November 10, 2020…..
Spring 2020 P-Patch Post Has Arrived!
Methods of Winterizing your Garden…..

In 2020, GROW gardened donated 42,866 pounds of food to local Food banks!$5000 was donated to Seattle’s Giving Garden Network to help buy seeds since donations were down due to the pandemic. Ballard Sprouts gives to Seattle's Giving Garden Network…..

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BUILD

We plant, nurture and protect organic community gardens and orchards, urban farms and green spaces leading to a healthy and diverse community neighbourhood.

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, orchard or open space.

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 seven of Seattle’s P-Patches. (The others are on public property, which risk being 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.

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FUND

We plant, nurture and protect organic community gardens and orchards, urban farms and green spaces leading to a healthy and diverse community neighbourhood.

Support for low-income gardeners

As 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.

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. 

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EDUCATE

We train and educate members to become site leaders, who as a team, meet the needs of gardeners and landowners. P-Patch Post gives seasonal gardening tips and a whole lot more!

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.

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.

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HARVEST

Apart from growing organic produce for themselves and their families, we encourage gardeners to ‘grow a row for the hungry’ providing for local food banks and hot meal programs.

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.