Photos by Patrick Robinson
P-Patcher Ron Zimmerman cleans up his plot while the 3rd annual Harvest Party was being celebrated at the Barton Street P-Patch. This year the community giving garden grew nearly 1600 pounds of food for the White Center Food Bank.

SLIDESHOW: Barton Street P-Patch celebrates a bountiful harvest

The Barton Street P-Patch gave its new community pizza oven (the first in Seattle) a workout on Oct. 12 when they celebrated their third Harvest Party. This year the event grew almost 1600 pounds of food for the White Center Food Banks. The community garden is located at the corner of 34th S.W. and S.W. Barton Street.

The event brought about 80 to 90 people to the garden to enjoy an array of pizzas all made fresh on site by Chris Luthi (who designed and helped build the oven) plus a variety of products of the P-Patch itself including green tomato tarts and pickles.

Kate Farley, one of the primary organizers of the P-Patch said, "This is celebrating, not only in terms of what we've given to the Food Bank, but the building of our oven and here we are making pizzas for the community."

Madness Blooms was on hand to provide the music for the event and a Queen size quilt was raffled off. The quilt was assembled of squares made by P-Patch gardeners around the city.

"The intent is to raise money for the P-Patch Trust which is the non profit support for all the gardens around the city. The P-Patch program is part of the Department of Neighborhoods. There was a small crew of volunteers who collected all 49 squares with a garden theme," said Joyce Moty of P-Patch Trust.

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