News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


Whirled Peas part of free P-Patch tour

September 16th, 2010 by master

The Fremont-Whirled Peas garden is well known in our neighborhood.  Now, residents from other parts of Seattle will get a chance to see it for free. The Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is offering a free van tour of P-Patch locations all over the city. The one in the northwest will be held October 23 from 1pm to 3pm.  The tour includes Whirled Peas, Hazel Heights, Greg’s, Good Shepherd and Ballard P-Patches. Meet at the Greenwood Neighborhood Service Center, 8515 Greenwood Avenue.  Space is limited, so register early online.

Whirled Peas P-Patch

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Hazel Heights P-Patch celebrates grand opening

March 21st, 2010 by master

After nearly six years of community efforts and planning, the Hazel Heights P-Patch opened today to a warm celebration.  Dozens of people, including neighbors and elected officials, turned out to celebrate the opening of the site at NW 42nd St and Baker Ave NW.


A highlight of the P-Patch is an 8,000 gallon irrigation water cistern that will capture rainwater from the roofs of the two nearest homes.

The rainwater system and improved alley is a demonstration project to help reduce storm water runoff pollution into Puget Sound.


One of the nineteen plots, as well as several on-site fruit trees and vines, will be maintained by volunteers to provide fresh produce for local food banks.  A beehive will be kept by a neighborhood beekeeper on the slope’s south side.


“Woo hoo!” exclaimed event chair Beckey Sukovaty of the day’s celebration.  “It really takes a village, as you can see.  Everybody pitching in and adding what they can volunteer-wise and money-wise.”


To stay updated on upcoming events at the Hazel Heights P-Patch, you can follow along on their blog

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P-Patch grand opening this Sunday

March 17th, 2010 by master

Last May neighbors and dignitaries broke ground at the site of a new P-Patch at 42nd and NW Baker Ave. Now a year later, the Hazel Heights P-Patch will celebrate its grand opening this Sunday at noon.

Groundbreaking ceremony on May 11, 2009

“It has been a long haul, especially since the site required work that no other P-Patch has because of the steepness of the slope — but what an amazing use of urban space it has turned out to be!” writes Terri Silver in an email to Fremont Universe. “What’s more, it has an underground cistern that captures rainwater from the roofs of the two nearest homes for use in the garden.”

Construction earlier this year. (Photo credit: D.C. Anstett)

Hazel Heights is named in memory of long-time Fremont resident Hazel Hurlbert, who along with her husband Don first gardened and kept bees on the p-patch land. In 2004, the Hurlbert family made the view lot at the corner of Baker NW and NW 42nd available for a community garden to honor Hazel and Don Hurlbert, who had lived in the house adjacent to the empty lot.

Former Neighborhood Council President Beckey Sukovaty and other neighbors had been looking for a community garden location for years. An anonymous donor contributed the funds needed to purchase the land and donated it to the P-Patch Trust, laying the groundwork for the Hazel Heights P-Patch.

For more details, you can follow the development of the P-Patch on its blog here. We’ll be out covering the story on Sunday, so perhaps we’ll see you there!

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Groundbreaking at Hazel Heights P-Patch

May 11th, 2009 by master

With elected officials and neighbors on hand, nearly two dozen supporters of the Hazel Heights P-Patch at 42nd and NW Baker broke ground today.

State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, King County Councilmember Larry Phillips, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin, and City Councilmember Jean Godden all said a few words to the group.

The hilly terrain will be home to 19 new P-Patch plots in about four months, with a winding path that leads through the middle of it. (Shown above) Thanks to a grant from King County, Hazel Heights will have an 8,000 gallon cistern on-site that will harvest water from the downspouts of two nearby homes. One of the plots of land, as well as fruit trees on the property will provide fresh produce to local food banks. Money is still needed to buy topsoil, plants and tools. Tax-deductible donations made out to the P-Patch Trust can be sent care of the Hazel Heights Steering Committee, 4231 Baker Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98107; the Trust will match all donations up to $10,000.

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