There are many people helping the Good Cheer Garden grow!
(Please email garden@goodcheer.org if your name or donation has been left out, or misspelled!)

Our 6th season has begun! Our thanks to all our 2014 volunteers:

February: stay tuned for names for our intrepid winter garden volunteers!

January: Arlee Anderson, Bill Andrews, Pushkara Sally Ashford, Jude Bierman, Dave Bolt, Carolyn Buck, Jeannette Carpenter, John Chaffey, Lee Compton, Donita Crosby, Julie Demers, Gina Diamond, Helen Donier, Roslyn Donier, John Ficalora, Tracy Hartman, Sandra Hoffelt Olson, Victoria Jordan, Beth Johnson, Amber Lambeth, Jon Lambeth, Kaitlyn Lambeth, Cheryl Lawrence, Carol Lane, Pete Little, Alexa Macaulay, Madir, Stephen McLean, Ziva Naphtali, Anna Novak, Sand Shipley, Katherine, Doug, Grace, Ronan and Abbey Sillars, Rosa Williams. A big thank you to all our volunteers on Martin Luther King Day of Service!

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A big thank you to all our volunteers in 2013:

November:  Julia Anderson, Dave Bolt, Melissa Disson, Ryann Martinek, and Anna Mastronardi.

October: Alohi, Arlee Anderson, Julia Anderson, Jack Arnand, Jude Bierman, Dave Bolt, Liz Francis, Gary Koepplin, Myoo Renaat Kramer, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little,  Madir, Anna Mastronardi, JC May, Margaret Moore, William Murphy, Meg Peterson, Loretta Wilson, Anne Zontine, and Middle School Students from the Wellington Day School (Adrian, Alejandro, Donovan, Gabe, Izzy, Kaijo, Kellen, Makenna, Lulu, Molly, Serena) and their teacher Cormac McCarthy.

September: Alohi, Jude Bierman, CJ and Heather, Melanie and Millie Coombes, Liz Francis, Jack, Gary Koepplin, Luke Jesperson, Myoo Renaat Kramer, Pete Little,  Madir, Anna Mastronardi, JC May, Margaret Moore, Loretta Wilson, Anne Zontine, and Middle School Students from the Wellington Day School (Adrian, Alejandro, Donovan, Gabe, Izzy, Kaijo, Kellen, Makenna, Lulu, Molly, Serena) and their teacher Cormac McCarthy.

August: Alohi, Jude Bierman, Carolyn, CJ, Kevin Dunham, Duran, Liz Francis, Jack, Gary Koepplin, Luke Jesperson, Myoo Renaat Kramer, Frank Laurie, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little,  Madir, JC May, Margaret Moore, Brian Pike, Jan Simpson, Reilly, Stephen, Steven, Loretta Wilson and Anne, Henry, Madeleine and Maria Zontine.

July: Rob Anderson, Jude Bierman, Kevin Dunham, Liz Francis, Nancy Freund, Gary Koepplin, Natalie Kohlman, Myoo Renaat Kramer, Frank Laurie, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little,  Madir, Margaret Moore, Meade Morgan, Meg Peterson, Matt Pierce, Matthew Williams, Loretta Wilson and Anne Zontine.

June: Arlee Anderson, Rob Anderson, Jude Bierman, Kevin Dunham, Liz Francis, Nancy Freund, Gary Koepplin, Myoo Renaat Kramer, Frank Laurie, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little,  Laura and Suzanne MacAulay,  Madir, Mueller family: Coraline, Kari, Jeff, Piper, Emilie, Trevor and Lisa, Courtney Peetz, Meg Peterson, Cynde Robinson, Tanya, Loretta Wilson and Anne Zontine.

May: Rob Anderson, Judy Bierman, Holly Clark, Cyndae Robinson, Keven Dunham, Liz Francis, Nancy Freund, Gary Koepplin, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little, J. C. May, Landon, Linda McKee, Miles Mitchell, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Myoo, Micah Petrich, Sheila, Jan Simpson, Anne Thackeray, Sandra Woodward and Anne Zontine.

Service Learning volunteers:
Bastyr College- Susan Azar, Sarah Chappelle, Rob Chappelle, Lila Chappelle, Evan Chappelle, Pa Lao, Missye Profit, Jennifer Harrison and Michael Smith.
Wartburg College: Haddie Vawter, Amy Sampson, Katlyn Underwood, Megan Puls, Tanner Wenger, Jordan Finch, Lauren Mapes, and Professor Fred Waldstein.
Seattle Waldorf School Ninth Grade: Kara Lyons-Hammond, Mariah Crawford, Terra Huyey, Georg Brudi, Samantha Hollos-Bist, Margaret Boram, Jori Wink, Noah Simon, Peter Jacobs, Kelly Rones, Adam Hess, Ravi Robinson, Aden Fallows, Leander Ramirez, Iain Kelly, Eve Dunkley, Sam Crewe-Sullam and teacher Jay Freundlich.

April: Rob Anderson, Judy Bierman, Dave Bolt, Chris Brown, Jewell Cozine, Crystal Cozine, Anita de Give, Baldur Eisermann, Elka Eisermann, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Nancy Freund, Rose Kalda, Gary Koepplin, Cheryl Lawrence, Pete Little, J. C. May, Landon, Miles Mitchell, Myoo, Sharon Savage, Jan Simpson, Anne Thackeray, Sandra Woodward, and Anne Zontine. Plus, all the volunteers, staff and donors who contributed to a very success Fresh Food on the Table event!

March, February, January- stay tuned for names!

As we end our fourth year of the garden – 2012! A big thank you to:

Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices: Bobby Cressman, Allie Urbanek and Mech Kneidinger, and Teen Apprentice Dominique Knight.

Fresh Food on the Table partners: Greenbank Farm, the Whidbey Institute, South Whidbey Commons, and the South Whidbey School District, all collaborating to grow food for the Food Bank, and educate our youth in the process. A big appreciation to Annie Jesperson and Nathaniel Talbot of Deep Harvest Farm, an incubator farm at Greenbank Farm, who are growing, and now delivering, winter veggies for the Food Bank!

Intrepid November volunteers: Rob Anderson, Alex Folcik, Gary Koepplin, Myoo, Pete Little, Detmar Straub.

September and October volunteers- Doug Allderdice, Rob Anderson, Anita, Jude Bierman, Carolyn Buck, Kris Collins, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Rose and Fiona Heus, Raelani Kesler, Gary Koepplin, Myoo Renaat Kramert, Pete Little, Maggie and Dan Mahle, Cara Moore, Margaret  Moore, Cara Peterson, Jan Simpson, Detmar Straub, Marcia Troy, Loretta Wilson, Anne Zontine, Syrenah Hicks, and Mr. Maliakal’s 3rd Grade class from the Waldorf School. Ongoing appreciation to Jim and Paula Pugh, and Wendy and Carl Fjelstad for donating horse manure for our beds, and our worm bins.

And thank you to  Sarah Birger for hauling carts and helping us collect wonderful donations at the Bayview Farmer’s Market.

August volunteers: Doug Allderdice, Rob Anderson, Anita, Rene Baribeau, Carolyn Buck, Malcolm Donohoe, Alex Folcik,  Liz Francis, Nancy Gilbert, Ruby Hicks, Gary Koepplin, Kozan, Pete Little, Myoo Kramer, Mami Miyakita, Cara Peterson, Ami Sakamoto, Aka Shimonto, Jan Simpson, Detmar Straub, Marcia Terry, Tokiko Tanaka, Yasu Tanaka, Kathy Thompson, Anne Zontine

July volunteers: Doug Allderdice, Pushkara Ashford,  Anita, Neelima Baird, Rene Boribeau, Carolyn Buck, Kevin D., Liz Francis, Ruby Hicks, Mary Hulbert, Gary Koepplin, Marina Kovic, Kozan, Pete Little, Myoo Kramer, Syrenah Makea, Jena Mangus, Cara Peterson, Janet Ploof, Piper Reva, Randi Rose, Detmar Straub, Marcia Terry, Kathy Thompson, Marcia Troy, Anne Zontine.

June volunteers: Mary Hulbert, Loretta Wilson, Detmar Straub, Myoo Kramer, Kozan R., Chris Carrva, Anne Zontine, Cara Peterson, Pete Little, Doug Allderdice, Rosemary Hanson, Gary Koepplin, Judy Bierman

May volunteers: Loretta Wilson, Doug Allederdice, Myoo Kramer, Anne Zontine, Judy Bierman, Janet Ploof, Pete Little, Liz Francis, Gary Koepplin, Cara Peterson, Sandra Woodward, Anne Singoes, Sheryl Sato, Jane O’Dell, Nancy S., Rand Paty, Kozan, Rosemary Hanson

April volunteers: Jane O’Dell, Pete Little, Shelley Black, Lucy Nowlins, Janet Ploof, Brendon Caldwell, Marcia Troy, Doug Allderdice, Kefen Huang, Sandra Woodward, Joanne Pontrello, Brandon Elfrank, Chris Carver, Detmar Straub, Myoo Kramer, Loretta Wilson, Cara Peterson, Gary Koepplin, Alex Brumley, Alec Willis, Anne Zontine.

March volunteers: Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Shelley Black, Brandon Elfrank, Laurie Erickson, Gary Koepplin, Renaat Kramert, Don Nilson, Jane Odell, April Pattie, Janet Ploof, Joanne Pontrello, Katie Shapiro, Marcia Troy, Jill Wilson, Loretta Wilson, and Tsering Zangmo and students from Whitman College: Rosemary Hanson, Miriam Kollert, Teaghan Phillips, Bobby Seager, and Eli Smith.

Our hardy January and February volunteers: Andrew Jansen, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Katie Shapiro and Loretta Wilson.

Pete Little, for turning over cover crops, the first beds of the year, on January 23rd! We’re launched!

Sarah Birger and Matthew Swett for brushing off the snow from the hoophouse so it didn’t collapse during the January winter storm.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: We harvested the hoophouse- nine pounds of salad greens went into the Food Bank. Thank you to Toni Grove, India, Peter Martin, Keppi Ross and Wyatt Schuchman.

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End of 2011:

We would like to add a special Thank You to a few community members and organizations, without whom, none of this would be possible.

First of all, thank you to all the farmers and vendors at the Bayview Farmers Market for donating their leftover produce and baked goods to the food bank. Thank you for your support Molly’s Island Garden, Five Acre Farm, Willowood Farm and Prairie Bottom Farm, Pam’s Place Produce, Quail’s Run Farm, Julia’s Lumpia Hut, Lesidi African Food, Bur Oak Acres, Tree-Top Baking. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to keep the shelves stocked with such a variety of top quality produce! And thank you Sarah Birger for hauling carts and helping us collect such wonderful donations and Mr. Mobley for feeding us lunch!

Thank you to both the Rotary Club, for gleaning the fields at Greenbank Farm, and Greenbank Farm, for growing the produce and letting the Rotary Club glean! Your unique partnership is an immensely valuable resource that greatly expanded our ability to provide healthy produce to the community.

And to our very own Gleeful Gleaners, thank you for picking fruit! It’s wonderful to have the variety you add to the produce section of the food bank. Thank you also to everyone in the community that allowed our Gleeful Gleaners to visit your trees and make the most of the unused fruit!

Lastly, thank you Jim and Paula Pugh, and Wendy and Carl Fjelstad for donating horse manure. You are helping us grow our soil fertility and allowing us to continue the garden for years to come.

November 2011 appreciations: Judy Bierman, Gary Koepplin, Ellie Sherman, Pat Smith and Anne Zontine. The garden is all put to bed and resting for the winter. Work parties officially begin again in March, 2012, but we’ll be out there Wednesdays starting in mid-January to turn over the cover crops.

October 2011 appreciations: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Mary Hulbert, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Margaret Moore, Lucy Nowlin, Janet Ploof, Mariah Rees, Kym Saephan, Pat Smith, Jill Shattock, Ellie Sherman, Dewey Souza, Stephanie Turco, Charles Williamson, Loretta Wilson, Adam and Ezra Wundrow, the Yanz family: Grace, Lucy and Wilder, and Anne and Henry Zontine.

September 2011 appreciations: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, the Gooze family: Carrie, Mariah, Aubrey and Keegan, the Hackbert family: Luci, Levi, Milo and Seth, Teresa and Rose Hess, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Sara Monial, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, the Scobee family: Cindy, Abbey, Olivia and Paul, Pat Smith, Ellie Sherman, Lisa Sherman, Dewey Souza, Stephanie Turco, Loretta Wilson, the Yanz family: Grace, Lucy and Wilder, and Anne and Henry Zontine.

August 2011 appreciations: Doug Allderdice, Laura Beechy, Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Julie Buktenika  Manuel Castillijo, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, the Gooze family: Carrie, Mariah, Aubrey and Keegan, Monica Horn, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Sara Monial, Margaret Moore, Lucy Nowlin, Mara Palmen, Meg Peterson, Janet Ploof, the Scobee family: Cindy, Abbey and Olivia, Pat Smith Ellie Sherman, Simon Tapert, Zoey Tapert, Stephanie Turco, Loretta Wilson, and Anne and Henry Zontine.

July 2011 appreciations: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman,  Sarah Birger, Lake Brown, Julie and Alex Buktenika and vole/bunny hunting Lizzie the dog, Alex Folcik, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, the Gooze family: Carrie, Mariah, Aubrey and Keegan, Corey Graves, Evening Graves, Ginny and Raina Green, the Hackbert family: Luci, Levi and Milo, Gary Koepplin, Anthony Kovic, Marina Kovic, Pete Little, Emily Martin, Sara Monial, Margaret Moore, Mully Mullally, Martha Nehring, Janet Ploof, the Rooney family: Alex, Brooke and Tony, the Scobee family: Cindy, Abbey and Olivia, Ellie Sherman, Cat Spiers, Pam Stovel, Simon Tapert, Zoey Tapert, Stephanie Turco, Loretta Wilson, and Anne Zontine.

June 2011 appreciations: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman,  Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, the Gooze family: Carrie, Mariah, Aubrey and Keegan, the Hackbert family: Luci, Levi and Milo, Pat Hill, Zoey Hill, Gary Koepplin, Cordula Hetland, Pete Little,  Peter Martin, Sara Monial, Margaret Moore, Mully Mullally, Janet Ploof, Carissa Quisenberry, Ellie Sherman, Nydia Stephens, Stephanie Turco, Loretta Wilson, and Anne Zontine.

Ongoing appreciation for the farmers at the Bayview Farmer’s Market donating produce at the end of the market: Five Acre Farms, Julia Lumpia Hut, Lesedi Farm, Molly’s Island Garden, Pam’s Place Produce, Prairie Bottom Farm, and Willowood Farm.

Thanks also to Bur Oak Acres for donating plant starts, Carl & Wendy Fjelstad for donating manure.

May 2011 appreciations:
Wednesday work parties: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Ana Cardosa, Michael Cardosa, Lori Ferrario, Judy Furukawa, the Gooze family, Ginny Green, Anthony Hall, Matt Hewshett, Lars Hetlund, Pat Hill, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Eva Maxwell, Moira and Taro, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Kim McDrury, Mully Mullally, Janet Ploof, Ellie Sherman, Nydia Stephens, Loretta Wilson, Zoey, and Anne Zontine.  Challenging weather sets up back with the warm weather plants, but the hoophouse was prolific and abundant bok choi, lettuce, kale and chard came in from the field. The greenhouse grew lots of starts. Big infrastructure improvements were getting electricity to the greenhouse & shed, and setting up a new germinating box.

Ellie Sherman, Community Gardening Leadership Training Apprentice - working 20 hours a week helping with all areas of the garden, growing food, and growing skills with coordinating and project management. Ellie will be apprenticing through November!

The Girl Scouts: Troop 14211 planted beans and the Daisy Troop planted lettuce.

Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1st year students -  Saturday work party on May 28th: Susan Azar, Jen Caron, Margaret Coffey, Elizabeth Dudek, Caithin Fanning, Jennifer Harrison, John Harrison, Jennifer Johnson, Lisa Heisman, Paula Howse, Pa Lao, Maggie Litchy, Muhammad Mansour, Debbie Miller, Lanae Mullane, Tien Nguyen, Greg November, Laina Paterson, Logan Pederson, Roni Schmicker, April Sullivan, Ed Szymczak, Pria Walia, Myra Vicenty and Lisa Yang.  A fabulous amount of work was done harvesting veggies, planting, weeding, prepping beds, and harvesting worm castings.

Ongoing appreciation for the farmers at the Bayview Farmer’s Market donating produce at the end of the market: Five Acre Farms, Julia Lumpia Hut, Lesedi African Food, Molly’s Island Garden, Pam’s Place Produce, Prairie Bottom Farm, and Willowood Farm.

April 2011 appreciations:

Saturday, April 30th: Ana Cardoso, Michael Cardoso, Lars Hetland and Ellie Sherman went to the Farmer’s Market at closing time. Much appreciation to Julie’s Lumpia Hut, Molly’s Island Garden, Prairie Bottom Farm and Willowood Farm for their donations of produce to Good Cheer.

Work party, April 27th: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Lars Hetland, Lucas Jushinski, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Eva Maxwell, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Ellie Sherman, Nydia Stephens and Anne Zontine.

Saturday, April 23rd: John Bastyr College of Naturopathic Medicine, First year Philosophy class: Susan Azar, Aron Choi, Joy Chou, Margaret Coffey, Caitlin Cummings,  McClane Duncan, Dani Gran, Juli Koplan, Becky Lang, Pa Lao, Kenzie Myers, Yaditza M. Narvaez, Meghan O’Mara, Josh Reilly, Susan Schafer, Nathaniel Shober, Mary Tseng, Natalie Walsh,  and Monica Xu.  All the remaining beds were weeded and prepped, the terraced hillside weeded and new terracing added, chard starts planted, kale weeded and mulched, and the greenhouse roof cleaned. Wow! A fabulous Saturday work party on a beautiful spring day!

April 20th: Girl Scout work party- stay tuned, names coming!

Work party, April 18th: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, Pat Hill Sandy Horton, Tamara Horton, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Janet Ploof, Loretta Wilson and Anne Zontine.

Work party, April 13th: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Sandy Horton, Tamara Horton, Pete Little, Eva Maxwell, Margaret Moore, Chaz Posinoff and Anne Zontine.

Work party, April 5th: Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Bill Fraser, Beth Gibson, Sandy Horton, Tamara Horton, Maggie Lancaster, Pete Little, Janet Ploof and Angela Ramseyer.

The Langley Middle School is also growing food for the Food Bank!  A big thank you to Julie Buktenica, Jackie Edwards, Susie Gardner, and Lucas Jushinski for their work in renovating it.

Wendy and Carl Fjelstad for aged horse manure to use as bedding for the in-ground worm bins.

Work party, March 31: Judy Bierman, Pete Little, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof and Loretta Wilson.

Fine carpentry in the cabin: A big thank you to Marcia Wiley for building a lovely bench in the Garden Shed, with a back that cleverly folds up into a tabletop. Marcia also filled in all the gaps in the exterior siding, installed interior plywood walls, and built a desktop for the corner desk. All this helps us use the shed even better than before!

Spring Fever Garden Sale: Very successful, with over $750 raised for the Good Cheer Garden! Many thanks to all the donors, in particular to Dominique Emerson, whose generous donations were the foundation for the sale. Also, a big thank you to Judy Bierman and Mully Mullally who worked the sale all day, to great success. And then stayed on and planted a bed of lettuce that needed to get in the ground!

Wednesday work party, March 23rd: Doug Allerdice, Judy Bierman, Judy Furukawa, Aubrey Gooze, Carrie Gooze, Keegan Gooze, Mariah Gooze, Pat Hill, Jerene, Lucas Jushinski, Gary Koepplin, Maggie Lancaster, Pete Little, Peter Martin, Margaret Moore, Mara Palmen, Janet Ploof, Claire Williamson and Peter Yanz. Twelve of us at the picnic table for lunch, lots of beds prepped and 4 beds planted.

Wednesday work party, March 16th: Judy Bierman, Robin Clark, Sandy Horton, Tammy Horton, Lucas Jushinski, Pete Little, Janet Ploof, Jo Stevens and Loretta Wilson. We planted the first kale starts out in the field, and put up the floating row cover cloches.

Saturday, March 12th: Tommy Mozingo was the lead as an Eagle Scout project, and together with his fellow Boy Scouts from Troop 57, built a retaining wall on the south slope of the garden. Joining Tommy were: Max Corell, Will Holbert, Ryan McCreary, Evan Melish, Brent Piehler, Locklan Roberts, and Steven Smith. The Whidbey Island Garden Tour funded the purchase of materials. http://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com/2011/03/14/new-retaining-wall/

Friday, March 11th: Girl Scout Troop 50776 prepped two beds for planting.

Wednesday work party, March 9th: Judy Bierman, Judy Furukawa, Robin Clark, Sandy Horton, Tammy Horton, Lucas Jushinski, Pete Little, Cameron Procopio, Nydia Stephens, Jo Stevens and Loretta Wilson.  The first peas were planted in the field. A special thank you to Sarah Birger for teaching a pruning class during the work party, and pruning up our young fruit trees!

Wednesday work party, March 2nd: Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Kate Calderwood, Judy Furukawa, Sandy Horton, Tammy Horton, Lucas Jushinski, Sherry Morris, Nydia Stephens and Jo Stevens. A special thank you to Sarah Birger for teaching a pruning class during the work party, and pruning up our young fruit trees!

Wednesday work party, February 23rd: snowed out!!!

Wednesday work party, February 16th: Sandy Horton, Tammy Horton, Lucas Jushinski, Gary Koepplin, Janet Ploof, Nydia Stephens and Jo Stevens

Juliana Greenhouse gifted by an anonymous donor.  Our great appreciation!

Juliana Greenhouse Distributors helped with essential advice and information on how to move it, and donated replacement ground stakes.

Greenhouse moving: Feb. 12th: A very successful day moving the greenhouse! Many thanks to Jim Lux and his 20 ft. flatbed truck, Michael Bianchi, Lucas Jushinski, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Mully Mullally, Jo Stevens, Matthew Swett, Niall Twomey, Val Twomey, Tim (last name coming), and Marcia Wiley.

Installing internal framing on the donated greenhouse, Feb. 10th: Cory Jennings and Lucas Jushinski

Wednesday work party, Feb. 9th: Julie Buktenica and Lizzie, Susan Chen, Sandra Horton, Tamara Horton, Kyla Houbolt, Lucas Jushinski, Pete Little, Mully Mullally, Janet Ploof and Jo Stevens.

Friday, Feb. 4th: Girl Scout Troop 50776 helped turned cover crops.

Marilyn Klansnic and Bruce Buls  for a germinating box.

Wednesday work party, Feb. 2nd: An amazing day of moving sheds and preparing garden beds.
A big thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen: Bayview Farm and Garden and Brian Durham, Judy Bierman, Sarah Birger, Julie Buktenica and Lizzie the dog (caught another vole), Kate Calderwood, Susan Chen, Sandra Horton, Tammy Horton, Lucas Jushinski, Gary Koepplin, Pete Little, Janet Ploof, and Jo Stevens. Gratitude also to the sunny February day!

Thanks to intrepid January volunteers: Judy Bierman, Lucas Jushinski, Madir, Pete Little, Janet Ploof, Jo Stevens, Julie Buktenica, and our first canine volunteer- Lizzie- who caught 5 voles in the Good Cheer Garden.

A new season begins – 2011

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2010 Thank you letter from Carol Ann, Good Cheer Volunteer Coordinator

Dear Garden Volunteers,
I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart (isn’t that an old saying?), but it is true.  To see all the hard work you have done to prep, plant and produce is incredible.  What a welcome, healthy addition to our food bank.  We were able to introduce people to new greens and vegetables they may never have had the opportunity to try before.  Not only are we then providing the healthy choices, we are teaching new flavors. And the best thing is that so many liked them and asked when more produce would be in. Our food bank is the greatest and we have you to thank for being such an integral part of that.  I am excited to see next years’ garden.   Sincerely,  Carol Ann

We thank:

At the end of the 2010 season, we have a hearty and deeply felt thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the garden wonderfully abundant this year! We harvested over 5200 pounds of produce. Our production of salad and hearty greens tripled, providing healthy veggies from March through November.

Lucas Jushinski, our new garden intern, who has been working since October 1 and will be interning for the next year. He has our ongoing appreciation!

November 3: Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Susan Chen, Robin Clark, Liz Francis, Lucas Jushinski, Bonnie Netzel, and Janet Ploof.

October 27: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Susan Chen, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, Lucas Jushinski, Janet Ploof and Anne Zontine.

October 20: Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Liz Francis, Susie Gardener, Lucas Jushinski, Alina Slader and Anne Zontine.

October 13: Judy Bierman, Susan Chen, Liz Francis, Lucas Jushinski, Manet McGregor, Alina Slader, Luthea Thomas, Amanda Witherspoon, and Anne Zontine.

October 12: Dominique Emerson for her generous donation of garden supplies for the garden, and also to sell at next year’s Spring Fever Garden Sale (the last Saturday of March).

October 6: Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Kale Calderwood, Susan Chen, Marcie Costello, Otto Gomez, Lucas Jushinski, Janet McGregor, Margaret Moore, Victoria Ortiz, Janet Ploof, Erin Waterman, Keith Wellman and Amanda Witherspoon.

September 29: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Robin Clark, Susan Chen, Liz Francis, Kerry Kurtz, Janet McGregor, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Keith Wellman, Amanda Witherspoon and Anne Zontine.

September 25: Marcie Costello and her children Hugo, Rain and Lucia.

September 22: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Eve Carty, Marcie Costello, Liz Francis, Janet McGregor, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof and Anne Zontine.

Also a thank you to the Langley Community Club for hay bales used at the Soup Box Derby.

September 15: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Marcie Costello, Janet McGregor, Janet Ploof, Alicia Rivera and Anne Zontine.

September 8: Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Jeff Clark, Susie Gardener, Liz Francis, Janet McGregor, Janet Ploofand Anne Zontine. Thanks also to Janet Hall, WSU Waste-wise Coordinator, Sheila McCue and Dawn Michelson for their work with the composting!

September 1: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Eve Carty, Liz Francis, Paul Keast, Janet McGregor, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Matt Statz, Sandy Young and Anne Zontine.

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We thank and we remember Angus Buchanan.
Angus tilled the field and built the fence, and we couldn’t have started the garden without him. http://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/angus-buchanan/

Leon Shordon, former Alternatives-to-Detention work crew supervisor, shared these words about Angus and his contribution, and about all the gardeners who volunteer in the garden:

Angus was very generous with his time, his skills and his kindness. Way back in the early stages of the garden he helped a group of youth from the Island County Juvenile Court who were working as part of the Alternatives-to-Detention Work Crew Program. Angus took great care to explain to the youth how to properly measure and string the lines along the fence perimeter. During the few hours he was with the youth on that day he learned their names and asked them about their lives while they worked together. For youth who frequently only hear negative criticism from adults, the kindness displayed by Angus left an indelible positive impression on those youth, as was reflected in their positive comments about Angus and their experience working in the garden.

For those of you who have given of your time and efforts over the last year and a half to work alongside the youth in Alternatives-to-Detention, as Angus did, thank you. I had entitled the Work Crew program “Living Classrooms,” because people like Angus and the volunteers at Good Cheer give life to those words. And like Angus, you are all saving the lives of youth by changing the lives of youth.
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August 30: Hilary Andersen, Matt Statz and students from the Trinity Luthern College in Everett, WA. We harvested, made the fourth terrace, and did a lot of weeding around the compost bins.

August 25: Hilary Andersen, Judy Bierman, Marina Kovic, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Alicia Rivera, Erin Waterman and Anne Zontine.

August 20: Hilary Andersen, Shawn Morris and Matt Statz.

August 18: Antonio Munoz Almonte, Emma Anastasa, Doug Alderdice, Hilary Andersen, Connie Carpenter, Eve Carty, Janet Ploof, Alicia Rivera, Matt Statz, Erin Waterman and Anne Zontine.

August 11: Hilary Andersen, Eve Carty, Marina Kovic, Margaret Moore, Mully Mullally, Meg Peterson, Janet Ploof, Matt Statz, and Anne Zontine.

August 4: Doug Alderdice, Hilary Andersen, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Liz Francis, Anthony Kovic, Marina Kovic, Margaret Moore, Meg Peterson, Janet Ploof, Erin Waterman, A.T. Young, Molly Zeiger and Anne Zontine.

July 28: Doug Alderdice, Eve Carty, Liz Francis, Wil Habel, Marina Kovic, Janet Ploof, Jennie Staats, Matt Statz, Erin Waterman, Molly Zeiger and Anne Zontine.

July 21: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Mosa Collins, Mary Lou Harris, Marina Kovic, Elizabeth Pope, Janet Ploof, A.T. Young, Molly Zeiger and Anne Zontine.

July 16: Kat Fritz, Meg Peterson, Molly Zeiger, and the Alternatives-to-Detention work crew with Odette Akers.

July 14: Eve Carty, Liz Francis, Kennedy Horstman, Matt Statz, Molly Zeiger, and Anne Zontine.

July 14: The LEAF Service Learning Program of Edmonds Community College, with assistance from Janet Hall, for making a new 3-bin compost system with pallets for the weed compost, making hot compost with alpaca manure, and harvesting lettuce for the Food Bank.

Barton Cole for making the in-ground worm bin, using the plan from Todd and Teresa Spratt, of Bugabay Vermicomposting.

Marcia Wiley for her ongoing work fixing up the inside of the shed. Most recently, with a table that folds up and down, giving us counter space when we need it to process the harvest, and floor space when we need it during lunches on cold, rainy days.

Work party July 7: Doug Allderdice, Kate Calderwood, Eve Carty, Blaine England, Ebey England, Mully Mullally, Janet Ploof, Pam Winn-Stanley and Anne Zontine. We harvested lots of veggies, made hot compost, planted basil, cucumbers, zucchini and onion, and prepped more beds for planting. Thank you to Pam Mitchell for the onion starts.

Dan Babbitt for his ongoing donations of fresh grass clippings which we use for mulching. Works great!

Work party June 30: names coming!

Work party June 23: names coming!

Farmers from the Bayview Farmer’s Market for donations of produce at the end of the Saturday market this year: Willowood Farm and Five Acre Farm.

Work party, June 16: Judy Bierman, Blaine England, Ebey England, Robin Clarke, Anthony Covic, Marina Covic, Tony Ferrell, Liz Francis, Judy Furukawa, Janet McGregor, Janet Ploof, Pam Winn-Stanley and Anne Zontine. The beets and carrots were thinned and harvested, and kale, chard, peas and lettuce were also harvested. Lettuce beds were flipped to bok choi. We also weeded and mulched the cucumber/lettuce bed, and started prepping the soil for the bean teepee bed.Janet Ploof returned the next day to help weed the Good Cheer tomatoes planned in Sarah Birger and Matthew Swett‘s greenhouse across the street, and we also planted pumpkins.

Work party, June 9: Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Eve Carty, Mosa Collins, Marina Covic, Judy Furukawa, Kennedy Horstmann, Margaret Moore, and Anne Zontine.

Work party, June 2: Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Eve Carty, Robin Clark, Margaret Moore and Janet Ploof. We harvested over 80 lbs of greens, and the first baby beets of the season! Planted winter squash, summer squash, spinach, lettuce and beans.

Harvest handler: Eve Carty for coming in on different weekdays to harvest for the Food Bank, especially on June 1st after the Memorial Day weekend.

Girl Scout Troop 42411 on May 27th, for planting a bed of lettuce: Molly Mills, Olivia Varga, Laila Gmerek, Lucy Nowlin, Amelia Gardiner, Anna Aronson, Ruby, Netty, Amelie, Kelsey (last names coming). This troop is the “Daisy” level of Girl Scouts. Also joining the girls were Sterling Gardiner (brother of Amelia), parents Carol Giswold and Shawn Nowlin, and Troop Leaders Melinda Gardiner and Gretchen Mills.

Work party, May 26: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Robin Clark, Toni Ferrell, and Marina & Anthony Covic.

Work party, May 19: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Robin Clark, Judy Furukawa, Margaret Moore, Ronlyn Osmond, and Janet Ploof. Lots of harvesting, beds were prepped, baby starts transferred into 2″ seed blocks, then a wild storm came and we had to abandon before planting. Moved into the hoophouse and planted tomatoes.

Fred van Benschoten for aged cow manure, and Dave Montgomery for hauling the manure to the garden.

Molly Petersons and Robin Clark for making and growing on seed starts using the seed block method. These starts have been how we have been able to have such a productive garden so early in the season!

Jamie McNett, David Pfeiffer, and others, for tomato starts. Drop your starts off in the greenhouse and we will either plant them, or distribute them to Food Bank clients.

Work party, May 12: Doug Alderdice, Judy Bierman, Kate Calderwood, Eve Carty, Robin Clarke, Liz Francis, Kat Fritz, Laura Gambill & son Austin, Judy Furukawa, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Deanna Wilde, and Anne Zontine.

Work party, May 5th- names coming!

Work party, April 28: Doug Alderdice, Jana Anderson, Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Robin Clarke, Quinn Fitzpatrick, Margaret Moore, Christa Straub, Deanna Wildes and Anne Zontine.

Work Party, April 21: Anne Zontine, Eve Carty, Judy Bierman, Doug Allerdice, Janet Ploof, and Toni Ferrell for a very productive work party.  Over 60 lbs of vegetables were harvested for the food bank and new vegetable beds were planted.

Christopher Diggins and Laurel Vogel, and Skip Demuth and Sheila McCue for donations of wood used in the terraced beds below the resource shed.

Work party, April 14: Doug Allerdice, Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Eve Carty, Diane Daubenschmidt, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Margaret O’Brien, Janet Ploof, Lori Soli, Loretta Wilson, and Anne Zontine. Ongoing thanks to Robin Clark and Molly Petersons for growing seed block starts.

Work party, April 10: Mick Dodge and Mully Mullally for sifting soil on the slope. Thanks also to Molly Zeiger, Americorps volunteer.

Work party, April 7: names coming, stay tuned!

Work party, March 31: Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof.

Spring Fever Garden Sale: Mike Negrete, Joan McPherson, and Margaret Moore for helping during the sale; Janet Ploof for setting it all up on pallets; and the donors listed below. There were many donors who dropped off items whose names we didn’t get. Thank you all! We raised over $1100.

Pam Cassidy and Journey’s End Farm, and Tom Leahy for the donation of a wide variety of farm and garden equipment for use the Good Cheer garden, and to sell in the garden’s Spring Fever Yard and Garden sale on Sat., March 27th.

Gary and Rubye Vallat for hauling all Tom Leahy’s donated equipment from Sedro Wooley.

Michael Anderson (pvc pipe and fittings) and Aimie Vallat (large rotating compost tumbler) for their donations to the Spring Fever Garden Sale.

Ongoing thank you to Molly Zeiger, our Americorp volunteer, for help with all aspects of the garden work, plus organizing the cooking classes.

Ongoing thank you to Ed Hume Seed Company for their generous donation of seeds. We are using these in the garden, growing starts with them, sharing them with the Bayview and Langley Middle School Gardens, and distributing them to Food Bank clients to help them grow food.

Bird Naturalist Frances Wood, for procuring bird boxes for the garden from Rene and Bryan Federspiel in Oak Harbor.

Work party March 17:  Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Robin Clark, Susan Knapp, Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Janet Ploof, and Claire Williamson

Work party March 10: Judy Bierman, Jesse Brooks, Robin Clark, Margaret Moore, Angela Ramseyer, and Marcia Wiley

Work party March 3: Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Janet Ploof, Marcia Wiley, and Claire Williamson

Landshaper’s for donating mushroom compost.

Keith Fallows for making the door jam for the door in the new Garden Shed.

Mary Ann and Dick Sloan for their donation of hoses, pots and a large wheelbarrow.

Mike Helland and Ralph Nakamura for their help with turning on the water system, and some minor repairs.

Pam Mitchell, Molly Petersons, and Lauren Tyme for their donations of starts.

Territorial Seeds (garden clips), Skagit Farmer’s Supply (fencing), Bayview Farm and Garden (misc. supplies), Charley’s Greenhouse Supplies (garden clips), Steuber’s (potting soil and trays), Johnny’s Seeds (seed blockers), and Pottingblocks.com (seed blockers)for discounts on equipment. Perfect Blend Fertilizer for their donation last year of fertilizer that we still have enough of for this year!

Ongoing thank you to Molly Zeiger, our Americorp volunteer.

Work party, Feb. 24: Robin Clark, Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Kathy Partch, Claire Williamson, and Jesse Brooksharvested the first kale and collards from the garden, started more starts with seed blocks, weeded, and mowed. Marcia Wiley refurbished and then installed the shed windows, which were donated by Jane Seymour.

Work party, Feb. 17: Judy Bierman, Robin Clark, Mike Negrete, Mike Nelson, and Janet Ploof. Seeds were started, starts donated by Molly Petersons were transplanted out into the greenhouse, more work done on the shed, the hillside terraced, more cover crop turned over, and manure delivered. Robert Lowey built the stairs to the shed. Sarah Moulton of Harmony Hill Stables donated manure that Jim Pugh hauled.

Jane Seymour for the donation of a small tool shed, Jim Pugh for transporting it in his trailer, and Paul Rempa, (Temple Carpenter Co.) for installing the bracket and putting up the door. Now all the tools are hanging nicely!

Wednesday work party, Feb. 3rd: Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Janet Ploof, Paul Rempa, Don Singleton, and Keith Wellman. Cover crops were turned over, hoophouse beds turned over, compost bins moved, shed moved and set up,fruit tree transplanted, and metal shed re-organized. Continuing thanks to our Americorp volunteer, Molly Zeiger!

Keith Fallows, Robert Lowey, and Marcia Wiley for roofing the garden shed. The skip sheathing and the rafters were trimmed out, the recycled metal roofing washed and cut to length, tar paper laid down, and then the roofing installed. Thank you also to Troy Haines for her donation of the metal roofing.

Jane Seymour for her donation of windows and trim wood for the interior of the garden shed, and a picnic table.

Pam Mitchell for the donation of a very large germinating box that will help us grow starts. Janet Ploof and Molly Zeiger hauled the very heavy box.

Martin Luther King Day of Service work party: Inca Alpaca 4-H Club: Tara Moore, Beth Nehring, David Nehring, Martha Nehring, Sarah Nehring, Gretchen Schlomann, Hannah Schlomann, Kelly Uhlig, Pam Uhlig, Thomas Uhlig; shed carpenters: Peter Martin, Marcia Wiley; garden volunteers: Doug Allderdice, Kate Calderwood, Laurel Cutrona, Sally Goodwin, Georgia Grammar, Elisha Klco, Olivia Klco, Jeff Landel, Mully Mullally, Margaret Moore, Frank Ploof, Janet Ploof, Willa Rohrer, Victoria Santos, Janoah Spratt, Teresa Spratt, Todd Spratt, Liam Twomey, Valerie Twomey, Eric Vanderbilt, Megan Wolfensparger and  Michele Wolfensparger; painter Sandy Goddard.

Herb Helsel for the donation of a starter box, complete with lights, that will help us grow our own starts. A great way to start the new season!

2009:
Shed building work party, Nov. 14
: Julie Buktenica, George Cribbs, and Keith Fallows for continuing the shed work, and putting up the rafters. Claire Williamson and the Alternatives-to-Detention crew for salvaging the rafters from the fallen down barn.

Shed building work party, Nov. 8: George Cribbs, Keith Fallows, Angela Ramseyer, Leon Shordon, Claire Williamson and the Alternatives-to-Detention crew for raising the shed walls.

Work party Nov. 11: Judy Bierman, Barb Kelly, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, and Janet Ploof.

Work party Nov. 4: Judy Bierman, Katy McMahon, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof and Lori Soli.

Work party Oct 28: Barb Kelly, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Brian Pike, Janet Ploof, andDon Simpleton for continuing the harvest and cover cropping.

Oct. 25: Julie Buktenica, Aden Fallows, Keith Fallows, Luca Fallows, andEd Severinghaus for leveling and setting up the shed platform.

Work party Oct 21: Doug Allderdice, Julie Buktenica, Liz Kilmer, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Brian Pike, Janet Ploof, Angela Ramseyer, Don Simpleton for continuing the harvest and putting the garden to bed for the winter by turning in compost and planting cover crops.

Langley chefs Jess Dowdell, Matt Costello, Sieb Jurriaans,  Dawna Leahy and Des Rock for their magnificent dinner fundraiser that raised $2000 for the Good Cheer Garden.

October 15: Keith Fallows for moving beams for the shed platform

Work party October 14: Judy Bierman, Barb Kelly, Liz Kilmer, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Sarah Moore, Andre Quarino, Giovanni Quarino, Angela Ramseyer, Michele Sakaguchi and Molly Zeiger; students of Jorn Aronson’s Bayview School class: Julia Bowen, Thomas Carmack, Shalena Glanzer, Trevor Hein, Mahriah Hill, Jessica Holbrok, Heather Nielsen, Victor Soto and H. Williams. Lots of harvesting, clean-up and winter bed prep.

Work party October 13: Sue Raley’s Bayview School class: Rachel Soto, Bianca Ramirez, Kelsey Uhl, Ashley Aries harvested winter squash and pumpkins.

Work party October 7: Julie Buktenica, Barb Kelly, Liz Kilmer, Margaret Moore, Teresa Murphy, Janet Ploof, Don Singleton, Lori Soli, and Molly Zeiger. We started the winter bed prep, in addition to harvesting.

Harvesting October 3: Robin Cook and Mully Mullally

Harvesting October 2: Doug Allderdice, Eve Carty and Molly Zeiger

Work party September 30: Julie Buktenica, Robin Cook, Robin Farrand, Janet Ploof, Margaret Moore, Mully Mullally and Molly Zeiger.

Moving the shed platform: Aden Fallows, Keith Fallows, and Luca Fallows. Thanks also to Peter Bennett for donating the shed platform.

Work party, Sept. 23: Julie Buktenica, Barb Kelly, Liz Kilmer, and Janet Ploof.

Ongoing work from our Americorp volunteer Molly Zeiger, who is working 19 hrs/week for Good Cheer, helping in the garden and in the food bank.

Harvesting, Sept. 18: Julie Buktenica, Eve Carty, Mully Mullally and Molly Zeiger.

Work party, Sept. 16th: Julie Buktenica, Robin Clark, Barb Kelly, Liz Kilmer, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Susan Prescott and Molly Zeiger.

Harvesting, Sept. 14th: Eve Carty, Janet Ploof, Mully Mullally and Molly Zeiger.

Mully Mullally and Molly Zeiger for helping to set up on the day of the Harvest Celebration, Sept. 12th.

Harvesting, Sept. 11: Janet Ploof and Molly Zeiger

Work party, Sept. 9: Doug Allderdice, Kate Boulware, Julie Buktenica, Robin Clark, Barb Kelly, Liz Kilmer, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Paul Saelens, and our new Americorp volunteer, Molly Zeiger.

Work party, Sept. 5: Doug Allderdice, Annabet Berlin, Eve Carty, Owen Irwin, Kay Lagerquist, Wood MacLeod, and Leon Shordon.

Harvesting, Sept. 4: Janet Ploof

Work party, Sept 2: Doug Allderdice, Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Robin Clark and Liz Kilmer.

Mary Lou Harris, of ML Harris Photography, for the beautiful new banner photo on the Good Cheer Garden blog.

Harvesting August 31: Eve Carty and Meg Peterson.

August 29: Harvesting and hot compost making: Annabet Berlin and Meg Peterson

Work party August 26: Judy Bierman, Julie Buktenica, Liz Kilmer, Maya Kilmer, Meg Peterson, Janet Ploof, Lori Soli and children from the South Whidbey Children’s Center: Delaney Armstrong, Makeda Brown, Christian Jones, Lucas Lieberman, Ian Sauncaucie, Sebatian Shewell, Chloe Stringer, Coelan Wisont, Tristan Wisont and teachers Polly Schmidt and Michele (need last name!).

Harvesting August 24: Julie Buktenica, Meg Peterson and Janet Ploof

August 15 and 22nd, bean harvesting:  Annabet Berlin and Noah Moeller 

Harvesting, August 22nd: Julie Buktenica, Teresa Murphy and Janet Ploof

Work party August 19: Todd Ackley, Doug Alderdice, Antonio Munoz Almonte, Julie Buktenica, Eve Carty, Maureen Freehill, Liz Kilmer, Meg Peterson, Janet Ploof, Alicia Rivera and Lori Soli

Installing the last section of the fence, the main entrance from Good Cheer: Angus Buchanan and Donna Rice

Work party August 12: Judy Bierman, Mosa Collins, Liz Kilmer, Shawn Morris and the SW Children’s Center: Makeda Brown, Sebastian Shewell, and Caitlin.

WIN Garden Tour volunteers, August 8: Annabet Berlin, Bryce Hill, Noah Moeller, Anthony Robinson, Raven Skaugurd, Lori Soli, and Shawn Young.

Work party August 5: Judy Bierman, Julie Buktenica, Mosa Collins, Maya Kilmer, Liz Kilmer, Shawn Morris, Janet Ploof, Shirley Tinkler, and Caroline Winzenreid.

Work party July 29: Nico Bowen, Mosa Collins, Shawn Morris, Janet Ploof, Lori Soli, Caroline Winzenried and the SW Children’s Center: Delany Armstrong, Makeda Brown, Anni Field, Polly Schmidt and Sebastian Shewell.

Work partyJuly 22: Lindsay Brown, Julie Buktenica, Mosa Collins, Alex Low, Melanie Lowey, Janet Ploof, Ryan, Grace and Colin for harvesting, thinning, rotating the broccoli, weeding and planting.

Work party July 15: Kate Boulware, Julie Buktenica, Eve Carty, Mosa Collins, Nicco Bowen, Alex, Low, Melanie Lowey, Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Brian Pike, Janet Ploof, and the Summer School Age Program of the South Whidbey Children’s Center: Makeda Brown, Lucus Lieberman, Michele, Carmene Van Houten, and Caelen Wisout for harvesting, thinning, planting, weeding, mowing the paths, moving rocks, and pulling up the mescun bed and discovering the voles, creating a new bed alongside the greenhouse for the eggplant.

For donations of plants: Bayview Farm and Garden for tomato, squash and pepper starts; Gudron Johnston for kolrabi starts; Becky Duthie for planting pots.

Work party July 8: Kate Boulware, Julie Buktenica, Marie Grenier, Margaret Moore, Janet Ploof, Shirley Tinkler and Claire Williamson for harvesting, weeding and planting. We brought another 80 bags of produce!

July 2nd & 3rd: Janet Ploof helped with planting and harvesting.

Work party July 1: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Nicco Bowen, Julie Buktenica, Ryan Cribbs, Alex Low, Melanie Lowey, Janet Ploof; students from the Coupeville High School Summer Program: Scott Davidson, Christina Hilkey, Aaron Nell, Nick Oalmann, Ashley Oliver, Jake Perez, Susanna Potts, Zac Prichard, their teachers Susan Stroud and Brandon Volkman, and driver Debbie Meek; students from the South Whidbey Children’s Center: Makeda Browne, Spencer Izett, Lucas Lieberman, Ian Saunsaucie, Lake Smith, Chloe Stringer, Erik Wiggers, and their teachers Michele Depew and Carmen VanHouten. We harvested peas and pulled them out, harvested radishes, beets, carrots, mixed salad greens, weeded, planted and make hot compost.

June 25: Mike Negrete continued his work from the work party, and finished weeding all the paths, and mowing them with the push mower.

Work party June 24: Kate Boulware, Margaret Moore, Mike Negrete, Janet Ploof, Shirley Tinkler for harvesting, weeding and planting. We planted scarlet runner beans, turnips, mesclun mix and harvested chard, collards, turneips, broccoli, zucchini, basil and cauliflower.

June 22: Julie Buktenica for harvesting mixed salad greens, peas, radishes, and summer squash.

June 19: The real estate agents from Windermere Realty who donated a day of service to Good Cheer! They harvested, weeded, mulched, planted and also organized the area around the storage shed. Much appreciation for their day’s work. Also, Mosa Collins helped with the harvest.

June 18: Kennedy Horstman for setting up irrigation and planting basil.

More ongoing appreciation to LaDonda Dieztel for watering the containers, box beds, and newly planted beds on a regular basis.

Work party June 17th: Lindsay Brown, Eve Carty, Mosa Collins, Irene Christoferson, Kennedy Horstman, Maury Hood, Melanie Lowey, Luke Molina, Shawn Morris, Janet Ploof for harvesting, thinning, planting, setting up irrigation, and weeding.

June 16th: Judy Bierman andJulie Buktenica for pulling our harvested lettuce and planting beets.

Thanks to Ann (last name coming) for tomato starts, Linda Bartlett/Rosehip Farm for tomato starts, Mike Rothman for horseradish, Bill Higby for rhubarb plants.

June 14th: Julie Buktenica, Mully Mullally and the Alternatives-to-Detention work crew for potting up tomatoes.

Work party June 10th: Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Manuel Castillo, Mosa Collins, Sharon Emerson, Margaret Moore, Kennedy Horstman, Mike Negrete, Vicky Roy, Serafina Strickland for harvesting, weeding, planting, soil prep, setting up irrigation and putting chicken wire on the gates (bunnies sighted!).

Work party June 3rd: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Sean Campbell, Eve Carty, Kris Collins, Mosa Collins, Jerene, Melanie Lowey, Brian Pike and Janet Ploof for harvesting, hauling manure, mulching, planting, watering, setting up irrigation.

Eve Carty, Mosa Collins, Kris Collins, Mully Mullally, Kennedy Horstman, the Alternatives-to-Detention work crew for harvesting, bed prep and planting.

Work party May 27: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Eve Carty, Ryan Cribbs, Kennedy Horstman, Melanie Lowey, Margaret Moore, Kara Moorse, Mike Negrete, Brian Pike and Shirley Tinkler. Lettuce, spinach, arugula and kale harvested; manure was hauled and turned over in the beds; soil transported and sifted in the last terraced bed; more tomatoes potted up; the center bed in the hoophouse set up and basil planted; more irrigation lines installed; weeds pulled; mulching cardboard removed along the outside of the fence where voles had made shelter; new squash starts watered; beans and carrots planted; beets thinned; swallow nests set in the trees.

Work party May 23: Eve Carty and Judy Furukawa. The terraced beds were prepped and the southernmost section, and the peas, weeded.

“Alternatives to Detention” program, May 23/24: for mulching beds, planting radishes, prepping the squash beds and planting pumpkins and winter squash, watering, picking up rocks, making compost, setting up irrigation.

Edmonds Community College LEAF Service Learning Program, May 22: The class worked in the Food Bank and Distribution Center, and also prepared the ground for the square foot gardens, prep the soil and planted squash, mulched the new starts with grass, weeded the squash hillside, and turned the compost. Thanks to Jerry Akers, Boris, Ling Chun, Valerie Fletcher, David Green, Mike Holman, Marie Johnson, Stephanie Mack, Morgan McAllister, Thuyvi Nguyen, Victoria Quezada, Whitney Silva, Anna Simpson, Nicole Tuson, Man Chang Wu and Yin Yu.

Work party May 20: Judy Bierman and Irene Christopherson. Irrigation was set up, tomatoes potted up, and starts planted.

Ongoing appreciaton for LaDonda Dietzel for daily watering of the tomato, squash and basil starts in the hoophouse and the container gardens outside.

Ongoing appreciation for the youth in the “Alternatives to Detention” program of Island County Juvenile Court. Supervised by Leon Shordon, they have been sifting the beds, mulching and planting. The bed sifting was a big and difficult job, and they persevered and did a great job finishing off the last 16 beds: a huge service to the garden!

Work party May 13: Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Ryan Cribbs, Bev Durocher, Kennedy Horstman, Melanie Lowey, Kara Moore, Margaret Moore, Brian Pike, Janet Ploof, Kathleen Rauch, Melissa Russell, Michele Sakaguchi’s class at Bayview High School: Gabe Adams, Jesse Dale, Chris Daniels, Jenna Manapule, Kelsey Matzen, Alex Orr, Ali Poli, Alesha Thorp, Mac Warwick and Americorp volunteer Jasper Hein, Jack Tallman and Shirley Tinkler. More veggie starts and seeds planted, starts potted up, kale and lettuce harvested, beds weeded, retaining walls made on the terraced beds, hoophouse paths cleaned up and the area around the metal shed organized. It was lively workparty on a very cold day for May!

Arnie Wellman for broccoli and onion startsDean Campbell for raspberries, Judy Bierman for violet-green swallow nesting boxes, Shirley Tinkler for lavender and rhubarb starts.

Michael Nelson and Todd Peterson for installing irrigation lines. Jamie McNett for planting the tomatoes.

Work party May 6:  Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Lily Fox, Judy Furukawa, Kennedy Horstman, Michael Nelson, Brian Pike, Janet Ploof and students from Michele Sakaguchi’s class at Bayview High School: Alex Orr, Kelsey Matzen, Jesse Dale, Jenna Manapule, & Mac Warwick. Veggies were planted, beds dug in the hoophouse and edged, the grass next to the raspberries was paper and mulched, the bank mulched and the flagpole garden weeded, compost made, and a cloche prepped, planted and covered.
Penny Harger
brought whiskey barrels filled with strawberries. Michele Hollman brought starts and flowers.

Work party April 29:  Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Kennedy Horstman, Melanie Lowey, Mike Negrete, Michael Nelson, Margaret Moore, Kara Moore, Brian Pike, Melissa Russell, Shirley Tinkler. We potted up tomato plants, filled containers, moved manure/spread it on the beds/and turned in it, weeded and mulched the fruit trees, planted rosemary along the south fence and made more compost in the 3-bins.

Donations: Fred van Benschoten for donating 15 yards of aged cow manure, Dave Montgomery for hauling the cow manureBayview Farm & Garden for 10 rosemary plants; Mary Fisher, Joe Arnold, and others for containers; Jamie McNett for tomato starts; Pam Mitchell for artichoke and onion starts; Molly Petersons for tomato & cucumber startsLauren Tyme for tomato starts; Shirley Tinkler and Michael Brown for strawberries, Serafina Strickland for t-tape drip irrigation supplies, Terry Montoya and Don Nilson for hoses, Jim and Paula Pugh for aged horse manure.

Other volunteering: Jamie McNett for preparing soil in the hoophouse and planting his tomato starts; Greg Sager for preparing soil in the hoophouse and planting more tomatoes; Todd Peterson for installing irrigation; Mike Negrete for pulling nails on the salvaged barn wood; Joan McGraw for potting up starts, organizing donations and watering; Kate Boulware for planting chard and watering; “Alternatives to Detention” crew of Island County Juvenile Court for sifting soil, mulching, getting beds ready in hoophouse, cleaning up SE hillside and planting artichokes; Jorn Aronson’s History classes for sifting soil, moving/spreading/turning in manure, pruning strawberries, weeding raspberries, setting out irrigation pipes, moving compost.

Non-profit supporters: Langley Community Club with a $500 donation; South Whidbey Garden Club with a $500 donation. The Good Cheer Garden was launched with a $5000 grant from the Whidbey Island Garden Tour.

Work party April 22: Judy Bierman, Mike Negrete, Michael Nelson, Jamie McNett, Vergie Prescott, Melissa Russell and Marcia Wiley. Thank you also to Dave Montgomery for hauling the topsoil.

Donations: Whidbey Topsoil for 5 yards of garden mix soil, Patricia Hill for containers and Gen Nyerges for a push mower.

Students of Jorn Aronson’s History Class at SW High School, for their help with sifting soil: Danen Hagglund, Emma Monte-Calvo, Jordan Thornley, Thunder Woodworth and Jason Zwink.

Donations: Casey Crumley for a push lawnmower, Caroline Gardener for the book Maritime Northwest Garden Guide, Linda Good for chives, Mary Fisher for large container pots, Sonshine Alpaca Farms for alpaca manure, Dan Babbitt for herbicide/pesticide-free grass clippings, Shirley Tinkler for cinder blocks, and Pete Walstrom for a wheelbarrow.

Work party April 13:  Judy Bierman, Kate Boulware, Eve Carty, Sharon Emerson, Margaret and Kara Moore, Brian Pike, Dave Roberts-Ludy, Al Slader, Shirley Tinkler and Jim Troxel.

For the water system: Maury Hood, Good Cheer Board Member, coordinated the water project, the South Whidbey Lions laid the 500 ft. of pipe and set up the 9 hose bibs, and Mike Helland hooked it up to the main water line (a feat requiring four boxes of equipment!) Thanks also to Dave Schmidt for technical design advice.

Work party April 8: Kate Boulware, Eve Carty, Irene Christopherson, Judy Furukawa, Mike Negrete, Melissa Russell, Serafina Strickland and Shirley Tinker for sifting, manuring, mulching and planting. Judy Bierman and Mike terraced the upper beds. Gil Low and Dorothy Anderson donated wood for the terracing.

Donations of plants: Bayview Farm and Garden for an Italian Prune Plum tree, Doug Troxel for blueberries, Christina Kahn for multiplier onions, Lauren Tyme for potatoes, Molly Petersons and Pam Mitchell for starts.

Potato box: built by Judy Bierman, concept from Joe Arnold

Work parties April 1 and 5: Eve Carty and Melanie Lowey for braving the elements to plant peas; Eliza Hudson for planting the spinach; Master Gardeners Chris Cooley, Nancy Heinz, Andrea Klein, Pat Matthews, Pat McMahon and Margaret O’Brien for building the hoophouse; Angus Buchanan for his ongoing fence work; and Leon Shordon and the Alternatives to Detention crew for soil sifting, planting, fence work and seed sorting.

The South Whidbey Lions for their work on March 31 & April 1 installing the water lines and hose and irrigation standpipes.  South Whidbey Lions: Maury Hood, (who is also a Good Cheer Board Member), Bob Davis, Betty Eakin, Ralph and Troy Nakamura, Robert Lowey, Rosemary Martin, Terry Minton, Diana Putney, Rob Setlow and Arnie Wellman. Don Rodrigues and Dan Prewitt did the heavy job of trenching. Thanks also to Al Slader and Jim Troxell.

Work party, March 25: Molly Petersons for growing the beautiful vegetable starts and showing us how to space and plant them, and to Damien Cortez, Judy Furukawa, Dan Kostek, Mike Negrete, Carrie Olofson, Melissa Russell and Serafina Strickland for the planting!

Spring Equinox work party, March 21: Paula & Jim Pugh for topsoil and composted manure; Irene Christofferson, Mark Dworkin, Mike Negrete, Zack Norman, Landon Primose, Loretta Wilson and Melissa Young for sifting soil; Angus Buchanan for continued fence work; Sally Cahill for digging up the scotch broom.

Work party March 18: Judy Bierman, Carrie Carpenter, Ryan Cribbs, Sharon Emerson, Melanie Lowey, Mike Negrete, David Roberts-Ludy, Louise Salmin, Shirley Tinker, and Claire Williamson for sifting soil; Chris Cooley, Andrea Klein, Pat Matthews, Pat McMahon and Serafina Strickland for bringing the hoophouses pieces to the garden, and Jane and Jim Hyde for transporting the end walls; and Linda Irvine and Peter Martin for hauling leaf mould.

Pam Mitchell for the PVC pipe and rebar from her winter-damaged hoophouse.

Dominique Emerson, Betty Cornelson, Kristin Lasher, Diane Kendy and Betty Franklin for their donations towards the MantisT compost tumblers. We were able to purchase three of them! Thanks also Gary Hess for assembling them.

Work party March 11 volunteers: Angus Buchanan for the work of installing the fence, with help from Judy Bierman, Eve Carty, Ryan Cribbs, Beth Kearney, Mike Negerete, Marco Zomba; to Marco for digging out blackberries and wild rose along the south fence line; Melanie Lowey and Eve for organizing the  tool shed; Ryan and Melanie for bagging the loose straw for use in the new compost tumblers; Angus for cutting back some of the southwest-facing slope to create room for a 3-bin compost system, and Eve, Mike and Judy for sifting soil.

Bonnie Netzel for the donation of a picnic table. Anne Trandal for seeds.

Work party March 6 volunteers: Angus Buchanan and Donna Rice started the fence construction by drilling the corner and gate postholes. Thanks also to Sarah Birger for garden design consultation and determining where the fence goes; Judy Bierman, Evan Callahan and Peter Martin for staking the fence line; Mike Negrete, Melissa Russell and Peter Martin for pounding in the t-stakes.

Work party March 4: Mike Negrete and Eve Carty for finishing off making the paths and for sifting beds, Irene Christofferson for re-stocking the seed rack and removing rocks from the beds; Kathy McLaughlin for donating a pear tree, Sarah Birger for pruning the fruit trees, Kristi Eager and her sons Kellen and Cody for removing rocks from the beds, and Randy Wall for donating a scale to weigh the vegetables.

Work party February 28:
Christopher Diggins, Hanna Diggins, Eve Carty, Brian England, Ebey England, Judy Furukawa, Shanti Loustaunou, Johanna Marcus, Margaret O’Brien, Shirley Tinkler, and Loretta Wilson for preparing the beds for planting, spreading fertilizer and lime, making more paths, and setting the box beds up. The day before, Wayne Morrison took out stumps along the south east corner with his backhoe.

Work party February 25:
Judy Bierman for donating golden raspberry canes,  bed prep, and planting the first raspberries, Eve Carty for bed prep, Christopher Diggins for bed prep and together with his daughter, Hanna, for the donation of shovels and rakes, Hannah Diggins for purchasing needed shovels and rakes, Margaret O’Brien for bed prep, Julie Pigott for bed prep and organizing the seeds, Geri Pilcher for bed prep, and planting the first strawberries. Melissa Russell for starting the container garden, planting potatoes, and bed prep, Ginny Snyder for getting donations for topsoil and wood to finish the box beds, Serafina Strickland for spreading the lime and doing bed prep, and planting the first strawberries, Marcia Wiley for building the box beds, Blake Willeford for building the box beds, and Jill Miller for bed prep. Thanks also to donations from Ace Hardware (bagged topsoil), Skagit Farmer’s Supply (bagged topsoil), Frontier Lumber (wood for box beds), and Pam Mitchell -Pam’s Place Produce (strawberries).

More January and February 2009 thank you’s:

Judy Bierman, Daniael Stull and Peter Bennett for donating raspberry canes.

Lind’s and Casey’s for donating seed racks.

Blake Willeford, Marcia Wiley and Peter Martin for building the raised box beds on the west side of the picnic area.

Linda Irvine and Peter Martin for hauling leaf mould from Brookhaven to the garden for use as mulch.

Irene Christofferson for finding tennis balls to use as safety tops for rebar poles and tracking down display racks to use for the seeds being distributed for the “Grow a Row” program.

Fred O’Neal for donating an Italian prune plum tree, and a Green Globe plum tree, and planting them. Eric Studebaker donated an Orcas pear tree.

Sally Cahill for digging out scotch broom from the edge of the field.

Bayview High School students and their teacher, Michele Sakaguchi, staked out the beds and paths in the upper sloped bed.

Master Gardeners Penny Harger, Georgene Jacobs. Melissa Russell, David Shoup, and Serafina Strickland, for help with the staking, as well as Sara Birger and Mully Mullally, and Michele Sakaguchi and her students from the “Gardening as Science” class .
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The Whidbey Island Waldorf School Third Grade teacher Angela Lindstrom, her students Silas Batiste, Vienna Canright, Julia Hess, Arthur Keast, Brad Marklin, Adrian Martin, Sarah Rodden, Willa Rohrer, Connor Ryan, Margeaux Scholz, Odin Rasmussen, Jesse Smith, Cedar Stephans, Evan Suzuki, Kiyoko Thelen, John Thomas, and their families.
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Angus Buchanan for tilling the field.
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Dominique Emerson for the donation of compost (many truck fulls!). Thank you Steve Stansberry and Dianne Iverson for the hauling.

Dominique Emerson, Barbara Cornelson, Betty Franklin,  Diane Kendy, Kristine Lasher together made it possible for Good Cheer to purchase three compost tumblers.

Perfect-Blend Fertilizer, Bellevue, WA for 2000 lbs of 4-4-4 organic fertilizer.

Our metal shed construction volunteeers who braved the cold and snow: George Cribbs, Christopher Diggins, Sean McLaughlin, Geri Pilcher, Dave Shoup and Ginny Snyder.  Delicious hot lunch provider: Board member Gene White

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Metal shed foundation builders: Larry Wright and Dianne Iverson. Gravel donated by Whidbey Topsoil.

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Ed Hume Seed Company: seeds for planting our own garden, and also for the “Grow a Row” program.

We haven’t caught up with tallying all the names of the more than 30 people came to the Martin Luther King “Day of Service” at the Good Cheer Garden, so a big group thank you to all of you who accomplished so much! http://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/day-of-service/

Many thanks for the composted manure from Gary and Karin Whitcomb, Amelia Priesthoff, Robin Gunn, Jim and Paula Pugh, and Jay Freundlich, and to David Montgomery, Shelley Black, Jim, Amelia and Robin for hauling it.

Jay Freundlich, his son, Dean and friend David Woodbury, took down about seven scraggly willow trees shading the garden, creating a massive amount of debris which was cleaned up by the Day of Service volunteers. Dianne Iverson and Will Black lent their trucks to the hauling job.

Serafina Strickland coordinated the enormous job of sorting and counting the hundreds of seed packets donated by the Ed Hume Seed Company, assisted by many volunteers.  Seeds have also been donated by Bayview Farm and Garden, Eric Conn of the Sustainability Project, Cathy Stacey and others.

Now Good Cheer has plenty of seeds not only for the garden, but also to distribute to local gardeners to  “Grow a Row” for the Good Cheer.

The Master Gardeners are a vital part of the Good Cheer Garden. Many thanks to WSU and the Master Gardener experts for their advice and assistance!