Giving gardens come in all shapes and sizes – backyard gardens, an extra row in an individual plot, a P-Patch plot dedicated solely to growing for the food bank – but the mission remains the same: to engage volunteers in growing fresh food for families and individuals living on limited incomes.
Feeding ourselves, feeding our community
Gardeners are a valuable community resource, and in Seattle we’re blessed to have a fruitful growing season and a plethora of gardens. By sharing fresh, local and quality produce with food banks and meals programs, gardeners give back to their community and increase access to nutrient-rich foods.
Lettuce Link provides seeds to Giving Gardens, connects gardens to emergency food providers and tracks donations from year to year. See below for tips on starting your own Giving Garden, for the type of vegetables that are most desired by food banks and meal programs, and for information on participation.
- Giving Garden Tips: This document outlines how you can create a successful Giving Garden at your P-Patch. It includes: 1) Suggestions on how to set up a successful Giving Garden program in your garden or P-Patch; 2) tips to help you improve soil, grow big yields in small spaces, protect your crops from pests, and save seeds; 3) a food bank growing calendar for Seattle; and 4) a Produce Donation Record form to help you track donations to report to Lettuce Link.
- Where to Donate: A comprehensive list of Seattle-area food banks, meal programs and low-income apartment buildings that gladly accept fresh produce donations, including contact information, best hours to donate, and preferred donations.