Kelly joins the Good Cheer team through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America, and places year long VISTA members at non-profits that work towards poverty alleviation. At Good Cheer she will be managing our Gleaning Programs. “Hi Whidbey Community Members! I just moved to your beautiful community from Austin … More Welcome to Kelly Pinkley, Good Cheer VISTA
From April 14th until April 28th, Good Cheer was a flurry of activity while we hosted 10 stellar and enthusiastic National Civilian Community Corps members (NCCC)! NCCC is an AmeriCorps program that gives 18-24 year olds the opportunity to travel around the US with their team and work on various community projects. The projects this crew helped us … More A wildly productive two weeks with AmeriCorps NCCC
Grow Whidbey is a collaborative apprenticeship program between Good Cheer and South Whidbey School Farms that trains motivated individuals to grow food for community and teach youth through experiential garden and nutrition classes. Of 20 alums of the apprenticeship program, seven have stayed on South Whidbey to continue work in the field of sustainable agriculture and … More Delicious food and live auction Friday 5/12 at Useless Bay Coffee Company for a GREAT cause!
A big and warm welcome to 2017 Grow Whidbey Good Cheer apprentice Corey Wills. “Originally hailing from northern Virginia, I spent years working all over the country in fields ranging from mental health to grassroots political work before realizing that I actually felt most at home working in a literal field – at which point I … More Welcome to Corey Wills, Good Cheer Garden Apprentice!
While we wait out frost and snow and rain, we have been preparing for another stellar season. On January 16th, over 20 volunteers came to help us kick off the season and celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. The ground was much too frozen to dig, and compost piles were one … More Winter Updates: a Successful MLK Jr Work Party and an Exciting New Job Opportunity
Everyone’s welcome, we have many various projects for many different skill levels! Come for the whole time, or just come by for a moment. Help us start the 2017 season off right.
This year our harvest party was the very first day of October, and hosted at The Big ACRE. Party goers toured the new farm, ate delicious garden snacks, and pressed many boxes of apples into sweet fresh cider. Thank you so much for everyone who came out to celebrate and share with us, and for … More An Apple-Filled End of the Season Party!
Do you want to learn how to manage a small vegetable farm that supplies produce to the local food bank and school cafeterias? Do you wish to be a part of a community that has prioritized access to good food? Are you interested in changing food systems? Do you like ending the day covered in soil, sweat, … More 2017 Apprenticeship Application Now Open
We would love your presence at our Fall Harvest Party: Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at The Big ACRE (behind the old Bayview School building). Come help us celebrate the end of another successful season and appreciate our volunteers, donors, and apprentices whose efforts and generosity have converted an empty field … More OCT 1: Celebrate the end of the season at The Big ACRE!
Missed this year’s volunteer appreciation BBQ? Want some pickling tips to preserve the flavors of summer? Check out Good Cheer’s Summer/Fall newsletter for this and more!