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50+ families

per year grow familiar, nutritious food and supplement their income with excess yield.

23+ Countries

are represented by gardeners

1.1 Million Gallons

of stormwater are diverted annually

 

Environment

Water

The stormwater from Paradise Parking Plots' rain gardens collects in the Green/Duwamish watershed. Our rain gardens keep pollution out of the Puget Sound and protect its salmon and orca!

Soil and Compost

The onsite composting system reduces waste by regenerating material into healthy soil for the garden. In turn, the soil provides plants with necessary nutrients to soak up more CO2.

 

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people

Food access

Paradise Parking Plots provides food for Kent's low-income refugee and immigrant population empowering be self-sufficiency through growing a range of culturally valued foods.

community

Paradise Parking Plots builds community by providing a space for people to build transformative relationships with their neighbors from around the world. It is a true example of the strength of a diverse community.

Science-based Learning

Students from nearby Mill Creek Middle School as well as children in World Relief's Refugee Youth Summer Academy learn about environmental science and stewardship at the garden.

Stewardship

Even though many who visit the garden are not landowners, being part of the garden community allows them to participate in the stewardship of our natural environment and to connect meaningfully with the land.

 

The gardeners are the backbone of Paradise Parking Plots; they put the "community" in "community garden". Some of the gardeners sit on an advisory council, making decisions about infrastucture improvements and community events. Gardeners request and attend classes on topics like Food Saving and Preservation, Pest and Disease Management, Garden Planning, and Noxious Weed Identification.

 

Paradise Parking Plots Gardener: Nidal

Nidal comes to the garden multiple times per week. Even though it takes a great deal of labor, she still feels that keeping the garden is gratifying and worth all the effort. "All day, I'm thinking about my plants, if they are too hot or too dry. It's like the garden is my kid," Nidal says with a chuckle. She is able to connect with other gardeners: they made an agreement to water each other's garden when they come to water their own, so they all keep their gardens happy and healthy during the warmer months. 

For more stories about some of the gardeners at the PPP community garden, check out this story map!

Hillside Paradise Parking Plots Community Garden