Best Community Gardens In Seattle

July 4, 2016 5:00 AM

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A community garden is defined as a piece of property or land that is gardened and maintained by a neighborhood or group of people. What you may not know is that the city of Seattle is actually full of community gardens, and you can find them in just about every neighborhood around the city. Seattle’s community gardens have been created in all sorts of places including garage rooftops, next to busy interstates, within residential neighborhoods and even in the busiest city districts. So, if you’re looking to grow your own vegetables, fruits or even flowers, be sure to check out these picks for the best community gardens within the city of Seattle.
Danny Woo International District Community Garden
310 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
www.dannywoogarden.org

Started in 1975, the Danny Woo International District Community Garden sits along the portion of Interstate 5 that runs through Seattle. It’s not easily visible and if you don’t know it’s there, you could almost walk right by it. This community garden in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District is about 1.5 acres and has more than 85 gardening plots. It grows healthy foods such as figs, lettuce, chard, sunflowers and cherry trees, as well as various flowers including azaleas. It also features a children’s garden, an outdoor kitchen and its own own chicken coop where community members raise chickens.

Beacon Food Forest
15th Ave. S. and S. Dakota St.
Seattle, WA 98108
www.beaconfoodforest.org

Founded in 2009, the Beacon Food Forest is a seven-acre community property that’s located near Jefferson Park, in the Beacon Hill neighborhood, and just a couple of miles away from downtown Seattle. This particular food forest features an upper level of nut and fruit trees, along with lower levels containing berry shrubs, and edible annuals and perennials. The majority of the fruits and vegetables harvested from the Beacon Food Forest are sold at local farmer’s markets around the Seattle area and include walnuts, cabbage, beets, carrots, kale, plums, cherries, apples, rhubarb and much more.

Magnuson Community Garden
7110 62nd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-7026
www.magnusonnatureprograms.com

Situated on Sand Point Peninsula in Seattle, the Magnuson Community Garden features four acres of garden space that was designed as a multipurpose area for the entire community. The lush garden grows a number of delicious edibles including fruit trees, organic vegetables, tea leaves for fresh herbal teas and beautiful flowers and plants that work as pollinators and debug the garden. This community garden is for the whole family and also offers classes and camps to children ages 2 to 12.

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Seattle Department Of Neighborhoods
P-Patch Community Gardens Program
700 5th Ave., Ste. 1700
Seattle, WA 98124
(206) 684-0264
www.seattle.gov

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Community Gardens is made up of more than 80 p-patch gardens in various Seattle neighborhoods. Some of the most popular p-patch gardens have been around the longest and include Cascade, Eastlake and the original garden at Picardo Farms, which the “P” in P-Patch is named after. Plot sizes for p-patch communities range in size between 100 to 400 feet, and you can grow whatever you desire when it comes to flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Much of the produce cultivated from p-patch gardens is utilized by the individual growers, but some is sold at local independent grocery stores and farmers markets, as well.

Seattle Farm School
Various locations in West Seattle
(206) 218-4948
www.seattlefarmschool.com

The Seattle Farm School offers community gardening plots in various locations around West Seattle. It is primarily for families and features its own children’s garden outside of the St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church. Seattle Farm School is dedicated to educating kids and their families in the growing of fresh produce so that everyone in the community is eating healthy and learning to enjoy the produce growing process. Much of the farm school’s produce, including various berries and other fruits, and vegetables like potatoes, carrots, squash and zucchini, goes to the community families that help maintain it, as well as to local food banks.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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