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the-plowing-starts The first row of the day— hooray!


Angus Buchanan at work. Thank you, Angus!


Angus tilled three large sections of the field today. Now it’s really starting to look like a garden!

Next we are going to stake out where the garden beds are, and then we can start making them.  Stay tuned for work party dates.

Undaunted by snow and cold, we braved frigid weather to construct a metal shed to store tools, fertilizer and equipment. Frozen fingers made turning little bolts and nuts rather challenging, but the spirits were high and carried the day.

Geri Pilcher donated the shed, and was joined by George Cribbs, Christopher Diggins, Sean McLaughlin, Dave Shoup and Ginny Snyder. It takes many minds and many hands to put one of those things together!

Gene White, Good Cheer Board member, brought us a hot and hearty lunch, and coffee, which was much appreciated!

cold-and-snowy-shed-platform getting-the-walls-up

shed-almost-done all-done

We ended the day frozen, but happy! Thank you all. Now we have a lovely, and much needed space, for our supplies.

new-shed-platform2This cold, frosty Saturday morning, Jan. 24th, Larry Wright and Dianne
Iverson helped to build and infill the platform for the metal shed.

Larry skillfully made quick work of the 8 x 10 frame, and Dianne hauled the gravel, generously donated by
Whidbey Topsoil.

We’re ready for the work party on Sunday to erect the metal shed!

We had an amazing “Day of Service” on Martin Luther King Day! In the glorious sun, over thirty volunteers came to help in the garden, and we accomplished everything we set out to do!

The manure was weeded and spread out, irrigation tubing organized, debris cleaned up and hauled away, and blackberry roots and rocks dug out. Thanks also to those who did the advance work of donating manure and hauling manure, and taking down the willows shading the garden. The garden is now prepped and ready to till.

The Ed Hume Seed Company gave a HUGE seed donation to the Good Cheer Garden! We had lots of help sorting and counting the hundreds of seed packets.  We now have the seeds we need to grow the garden, and to distribute to people who want to “Plant a Row for Good Cheer”.

Here are some photos of the “Day of Service”.

Removing willows      removing-willows1

Cleaning up the debris     debris-all-gone

Raking out the manure     raking-piles-of-manure

Ready to till!     ready-for-tilling

Sorting the Ed Hume seed donation    sorting-seeds1

All ages lending a hand     all-ages-lend-a-hand-sorting

Hooray! The new garden area began its transformation this week, with Jim Lux munching the blackberries, and grading along the south edge.


Over the next few weeks we’re going to be hauling in composted manure.


Here’s the first manure spread on the field. It needs a bit of weeding, and raking. Let us know if you have a large truck for hauling, or have aged manure to share. Several people have volunteered their trucks and tractors, but more help is needed. There’s now a quarter acre of future garden ready to be amended!

Once this is done, it will all be tilled, and then we’ll be ready to create the raised beds.

We have just been donated an 8 x 10 ft. metal shed for tool storage, and also the materials for the shed platform. We need help building the platform and erecting the shed.

Please call 221-6046, or reply email, if you can lend a hand with these projects. Small work parties will be organized throughout the month. After this initial effort, we’ll set up regular work party times.

Thanks again, and look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Cary Peterson
Good Cheer Garden Coordinator


Good Cheer Food Bank
2812 Grimm Rd.
Langley, WA 98260


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