The Birth of the P-Patch Program
Established in 1973, Picardo Farm P-Patch has the distinction of being the original community garden in Seattle. The name "farm" is no exaggeration - the Picardo P-Patch is home to a whopping 281 garden plots in an area of 98,000 square feet. The land was once a bog, which was drained by the Picardo family in the 1920s and converted into rich farmland. The land was farmed until the 1960s at which point a neighbor organized parents, teachers, and students from Wedgwood Elementary School 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, with a mission to "grow good food and community".