I wrote about wepatch.org for Capitol Hill Seattle, but I was tickled to discover that the inspiration for the site came while founder Peter Rothbart was riding his bike on Capitol Hill. This is more evidence that the urban agriculture movement will be powered by bikes.
Some people on the Hill have space but don’t have the time to cultivate a garden. Some people want to garden, but they don’t have the space. Peter Rothbart saw need on one side and supply on the other, so he decided to connect the dots.
“A couple years ago, I was biking near the intersection of 14th and Howell, and I saw this guy looking over the traffic circle forlornly,” said Rothbart. The man had planted a garden in the traffic circle, but someone had driven right through it, leaving a “huge cavernous rut of a truck tire right in the middle of it.”
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Later, he went to a barbecue in Madrona. One of his friends said she had a huge front lawn that would be great for a garden, but she did not have the time to do it.
“It just seemed natural to bring those two people together,” he said. So he gathered a team of web developers and created WePatch.org.