Donating to the Rainier Valley Food Bank

Did you know that your gardening at Bradner allows us (with the help of your volunteer hours) to donate THOUSANDS of pounds of food to the Rainer Valley Food Bank each year?

Here is an update from Isobel Davis about how much of a positive impact this week’s donation made – Isobel is the steward of the Sunchoke beds along the basketball court.


Isobel writes:

It was great to drop off sunchokes from Bradner Gardens to Rainier Valley Food Bank on Saturday. It’s our 4th year of sending them sunchokes! The nice thing about the harvest and delivery in March is that there are fewer fresh vegetables being donated in the winter. Plus, Sunchokes were 4.99 lb at Whole Foods the other day! Considering our final tally was 72 lbs (maybe a little less when picked through), at $4.99 = $359,  that’s a significant donation for a small plot at the edge of a basketball court!  True, tit’s a Whole Foods price, but they have become more expensive, even while they are easy to grow. 

Elise was excited to see the art/recipe card and asked for the source file to include in their newsletter. she felt the art and recipe would be of interest, but especially wanted to thank Bradner for their continuous support in bringing produce to the food bank.  I’ll  try to let you know when I hear which edition it will be in. 


Here is a link to Isobel’s blog about Sunchokes and Gardening – you’ll find great tips and great recipes!

Seattle Tilth Second Chance Plant Sale





Tilth’s March Second Chance Plant Sale to take home leftover plants for cheap! It’s thisFriday, March 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands and you can park at the farm. Get directions.

Several varieties of herbs (including catnip, lavender, mint, rosemary, sage and calendula) and veggies (including beets, broccoli, cauliflower,  kale, lettuce and peas) remain. All plants are organically grown. First come, first served.

Prices: $2 per plant or $20 per flat. Flats vary from 12 plants (or plant packs) to 18 plants. Cedar Grove compost and potting soil will also be available for $6 per bag.


First 2016 Work Party! Join us!

Dear Gardeners,
Join us for the first monthly work party of 2016 at Bradner Gardens Park and P-Patch.
10:00 AM to Noon followed by potluck lunch at Noon.
Bring gloves and dress for the weather. We have tools.
Tasks include weeding winter weeds throughout the park: children’s garden, paths, tree rings and ornamental border. We will work in teams so the work is also social.
Reminder – Please keep the workroom door locked at all times.
See you at the garden, rain or shine!

2016 Annual Gardner Gathering!

Save the date! March 5th is the Bradner Annual Gardener Gathering!

Hello fellow Bradner P-Patch gardeners! This year’s annual gardener gathering will take place Saturday March 5th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. in the Bradner Meeting Room.

The gathering this year will be a happy hour. Rather than going over the rules, garden amenities, and volunteer opportunities, this year we’ve planned a community building event. One of the things that makes Bradner stand out is you, the great community we have. The gardener gathering happy hour will be a chance for you to get together, meet your neighbors and the new gardeners, perhaps find people you want to order seeds with, or folks who can water your garden while you are out of town.

We know that many of you enjoy certain volunteer opportunities, so we will have sign up sheets available. If you have any questions please ask one of the leads. We’re there for you! We will supply beer from the Flying Lion Brewery, and some wine. Snacks will be pot luck, so please feel free to bring you favorite finger food.

Bradner Halloween Costume Party and Cider Pressing

Get your costumes ready for the Bradner Halloween Costume Party and Cider Pressing

Sunday, October 25 – 2 to 4 PM
Bradner Gardens Park
29th Avenue S. & S. Grand St.

Bring some apples for the cider press supplied by City Fruit.
Sip the tasty cider and enjoy a mini donut.

Mount Baker Preschool will have kid’s activities and treats.
Bradner Bee Team will host a honeycomb tasting from the Bradner beehives.

Free Family fun for all. See you there. Gruener)

Fall Tasks – Winterize & Renew!

Please remember that October 31 is the deadline to:
¨ (1) Complete and record your 8 community volunteer hours
¨ (2) Get your plot ready for winter.

You must fulfill these two P-Patch responsibilities if you want to renew your plot for next year.

To winterize your plot, please remove all non-organic material (i.e. tomato cages) then…

Option #1: Grow winter crops such as garlic, onions, kale, etc.
Option #2: Plant cover crops to dig your soil in the spring to add nitrogen as they Decompose.
Option #3: Mulch. Protect your soil with a layer of organic material then dig it into the soil in the springtime: a.) Chop up spent plants and cover your plot. b.) Create a blanket of leaves on your plot, or c.) Create a good blend of green (spent plants) and brown (leaves). Layer 12” deep. Cover with burlap.
If you plan to leave the P-Patch, please let the Bradner Leads know and also let the office know :

Contact Bunly Yun at

Bradner Gardens Summer Blues Concert – JD Hobson, Americana & Delta Blues

Join us on Sat, Jul 18, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM for a night of music and community.

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and pack a picnic supper to enjoy the summer concerts on the lawn in the lovely Bradner Gardens park with a view of the city.

Concerts are free, however the hat is passed for the musicians.

This July Concert features JD Hobson, Americana and Delta Blues on Guitar and vocals.

We look forward to seeing you there!