Ballard P-Patch secures loan to protect community garden, with two more milestones to come

Great news for the Ballard P-Patch: a loan has been secured to allow the gardeners to buy the 1.66-acre parcel from Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church.

The P-Patch gardeners were able to obtain a loan from Verity Credit Union, and their fiscal sponsor/ land conservancy organization GROW Northwest formally purchased the land from Our Redeemer’s. GROW also owns and co-owns six other properties in Seattle’s P-Patch program.

The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods still manages the property, but it’s now much closer to being fully “saved” from development.

The Ballard P-Patch has two years to pay off their loan, and are still working on the $300,000 that will qualify the group for the full $1.25 million Conservation Futures Tax (CFT) matching grant from King County.

Another milestone will come this November when the King County Council is expected to vote on funding the Ballard P-Patch’s $1.25 million CFT request.

“We are so grateful to Jeanne Kohl-Welles and her staff, to our entire Washington State Legislative team, and to each and every one of our volunteers who have pitched in to make this seemingly impossible project a reality,” Ballard P-Patch co-chair Cindy Krueger wrote in an email to the garden members last week.

To help complete their fundraising, the Ballard P-Patch is holding a virtual 5K fun run Sept. 25 – 27. You can sign up to participate online, and donations can also be made anytime here.

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Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips
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Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips

Yeah, who needs housing in one of the most expensive cities in the US when you can have cucumbers.

Freja
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Freja

I know, right?! It’s like there have been zero new apartment buildings with efficiency units put up in Ballard in the last few years. SMH.

Do you know how much food is donated to the Ballard Food Bank by this pea patch? It’s literally a shit ton. They are doing more for the community than those rando whites dudes ranting on blog posts.

Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips
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Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips

$1.25 million. That’s a lot of social justice they could have bought. But here’s a cucumber.

SurlyAF
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SurlyAF

If you are so concerned with housing or social justice, stop donating to the trump campaign and spend that money to groups that need it.

Truth
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Truth

1. The fact that you’re pretending to be concerned with social justice is adorbs Pookie!

2. Just because a problem exists doesn’t mean that life can’t continue otherwise.

Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips
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Dan Strauss's Luscious Lips

That’s because in the USA, under our constitution, we have equal justice, not “social justice”. Social justice isn’t a thing beyond the feverish minds of masturb@tory academics and their minions.

Truth
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Truth

To achieve truly equal justice, you need to achieve social justice. The affluenza case involving Ethan Couch is a good start to broaden your luscious horizons.

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goaheaddownvoteme
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goaheaddownvoteme

Nonsense. Let me know when you work out how short, overweight, dumb and unattractive people can have affluenza…

The cult of personality is lobbying for a new social hierarchy. It’s not based on individual merit or achievement, but a new contrived pecking order based on gender and skin pigment, because that’s not sexist or racist. The cult of personality is built on a hierarchy of superficial characteristics. Surprise!

This new social order cares not about how hard you work or what you do, but what you are, who you know, and how much brown nosing you do in the coded language. Social justice. Ha! No thanks!

emmy22
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emmy22

This is great news. It took a true community effort to make this happen, and Ballard will benefit in so many ways. Congrats!

goaheaddownvoteme
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goaheaddownvoteme

We need more of these. Not more McCondos.

goaheaddownvoteme
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goaheaddownvoteme

A nice story is nice every once in a while. With all of the doom and gloom. The rats ate all my tomatoes…

Mike O'Brien is smart
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Mike O'Brien is smart

$1.25 Miliion!!! That could be housing for 2 possibly 3 homeless people to get them off the street! Hahahaaaaa, cackle, cackle, cackle…. try getting my Ballard Commons druggies into housing at all. Yeah riiiiight!!!

laramarry
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