The Ballard P-Patch is at risk of losing their land, pending the sale of the privately owned half-acre plot (8527 25th Ave NW) on which they farm.
“The garden is at risk,” the farmers write on their website. “Economic pressure to develop real estate in this neighborhood means that this fertile ground will literally be sold from under the feet of the Ballard P-Patch.”
In order to save their decades-old garden, the farmers of the Ballard P-Patch have started a Mighty Cause fundraiser to buy the land. As of midday on Tuesday, they’d raised $4,475.
The P-Patch’s programming runs deep: their Giving Gardens program donates 1,300 lbs. of produce yearly to the Ballard Food Bank; they are the Ballard Emergency Hub Location, providing on-site disaster recovery supplies; they offer garden tours for local schools with agricultural education; and they’ve hosted the annual Art in the Garden Festival every year for nearly two decades.
“Now is the time to secure this land, protecting the garden as a community treasure for generations to come,” they write.
Thanks to Sharon for sharing the news on the My Ballard Group!