A Seattle Tradition: The P-Patch

A Seattle Tradition: The P-Patch

Andie Powers
May 29, 2013

I just recently learned that the term "P-Patch" is unique to Seattle. This, hilariously, was brought to my attention when I was talking to some family in DC about them, and they assumed I meant (ahem) another type of P-Patch — perhaps for dogs. However, P-Patches are a big part of the Seattle community, and it's a wonder that they have not caught on in other cities. Or have they? Perhaps by another name?

Urban gardening and communal planting are not new concepts on their own, but when combined, they have created a new vehicle for urban society to come together and enjoy nature and the environment together. 

In Seattle, small allotments of land where families come together to create a communal planting area for flowers, vegetables, and other plants is called a "P-Patch." This term was coined as a nod to the original owners of the Picardo farm in Wedgwood, Seattle, which became the first P-Patch. 

These little patches are all over Seattle and Western Washington. In fact, Seattle Parks and Recreation even has a section of their website devoted to finding and participating in communal planting.

So, what do you think? Would you participate in a local P-Patch if it was offered? Let us know in the comments!

(Image: Picardo Farm Facebook page)

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