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Our great appreciation 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. We couldn’t have done it without all the volunteers who helped sow, plant, make compost, weed and harvest. Our deepest appreciation to you all!
From all the starts we planted in September, and the warm fall, we are still harvesting lots from the garden! Kale, chard, collards, spinach, lettuce…
…tomatoes, and trellised cucumbers, from the hoophouse…
and over 600 pounds of pumpkins and winter squash!
Cloches were put up to keep the lettuce warm and growing, and
The youth from the South Whidbey Parks and Rec “Healthy Living” afterschool program had a great time harvesting carrots, cucumbers, beans and zucchini.
Lots of veggies are ready for a Thanksgiving harvest on Monday, Nov. 22nd, starting at 9 am. We are thrilled to be able to provide fresh produce this late in the season. Join us!
Carol Ann, Good Cheer Volunteer Coordinator, sends this letter of appreciation to all those who helped this year:
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
A big welcome to Lucas Jushinski, Good Cheer Garden intern! Lucas is a recent graduate from Evergreen College and served as a Navy Corpsman for 8 years. A visitor to Whidbey Island for many years, Lucas was inspired by the call for volunteers at the September Harvest Party and Music Fest. He joined the garden team and now will be interning for the next year- we are thrilled!