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   cilantro in a Giving Garden
   
Lettuce Link partners with the
Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch program to encourage and support Seattle gardeners in growing extra produce for Seattle food banks, meals programs and shelters. In 2013, gardeners at over 60 P-Patch and other community gardens donated 29,067 pounds of fruits and vegetables to over two dozen providers, helping hundreds of people supplement their diets with fresh, organic and local produce.

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 2014: 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.

  • 2013 Giving Garden Donation Totals: See how the different gardens contribute.

  • Gardening for Good Nutrition: A Guide to Growing Your Own Healthy Food: This guide offers simple-to-follow gardening and food preparation advice, basic nutrition information on over two-dozen crops, steps a beginning gardener can follow to set up container gardens or yard gardens, composting advice, and a list of community resources. For a free printed copy of the full 32-page guide, please call 206.694.6746 x3 (donations to Lettuce Link are happily accepted).

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    Volunteer

    There are a variety of ways to get involved in growing and giving.

    • Be a Giving Gardener! Plant an EXTRA row for a local food bank or meals program and help promote growing a row in your neighborhood. Most food banks in Seattle accept fresh produce donations.
    • Work in a Giving Garden. Many Seattle P-Patches have designated Giving Garden plots and regular work parties.
    • Volunteer at your local food bank. Volunteer at your local food bank to pass out fresh produce and talk with food bank clients about how to prepare it.
    • Share recipes. Share your favorite recipes for those less common vegetables – garden fresh kale, chard, and patty pan squash to name a few – with your local food bank.  

    Growing & Giving Partners

    Check out this video interview with 2010/11 Harvest Against Hunger VISTA, Molly Woodring, describing her work with Lettuce Link's P-Patch Growing & Giving:

    Signs & Forms to Use in Your
    Giving Garden

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    • P-Patch Produce Donation Tracking Form: Use this form to record your donations send Lettuce Link the total pounds you donated at the end of the year at lettucelink@solid-ground.org.

    • Giving Garden sign (pdf): Post this sign to identify the Giving Garden plot at your P-Patch. You can fill in the name of the place you donate and your Giving Garden’s contact information.

    • Giving Garden Flyer (pdf): A great resource for encouraging other gardeners to donate produce.

    • Giving Garden Halfsheet Flyer (pdf): Halfsheets are great for handing out at gardener gatherings or events at your garden. Spread the word about Giving Gardening!

    • Translated vegetable signs (pdfs): These signs name common Giving Garden produce and briefly explain how to prepare them. Print and fold them over for double-sided signs you can use to label the vegetables that you donate to the food bank. (Please note: These are high print quality pdfs, so they may take a few moments to download.)

    CHINESE:
    Beets
     | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash

    KHMER:
    Beets
     | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash

    LAO:
    Beets
     | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash

    RUSSIAN:
    Beets | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash

    SPANISH:
    Beets
     | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash

    VIETNAMESE:
    Beets | Chard | Kale | Leeks | Winter Squash | Yellow Squash 

    Contact Us

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    PHONE: 
    206.694.6754 (TTY: 7.1.1)

    EMAIL:
    lettucelink@solid-ground.org 

    FAX: 
    206.694.6777

    ADDRESS: 
    Lettuce Link at Solid Ground 
    1501 North 45th Street
    Seattle, WA 98103-6708

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
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