Address: 8040 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115
Stewardship contacts: Peg Swartzman; Milton Tam; Julia Wharton.
Types of fruit grown within this orchard: apples, European and Asian pears, plums, peaches, grape arbors, raspberry, blueberry.
** Orchard also has an apiary, children’s garden, and native pollinator garden.
Background and history:
Established in 1973, Picardo Farm P-Patch has the distinction of being the original community garden in Seattle. The name “farm” is no exaggeration, as Picardo is home to a whopping 281 garden plots in an area of 98,000 square feet. The land was farmed until the 1960s, at which point a neighbor organized parents, teachers, and students to garden in the space for local food bank programs. Out of this initiative, Seattle’s P-Patch program was born. In fact, the “P” in “P-Patch” commemorates the Picardo family. Today, Picardo Farm remains the largest community garden in Seattle.