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On Saturday, April 23rd, nineteen students in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University volunteered in the Good Cheer Garden as part of their philosophy class. Helping grow healthy food for the food bank definitely takes the naturopathic philosophy of healing out into the world!

The terraced hillside was in desperate need of a spring cleanup, and the hillside above the new retaining wall needed more terracing. No problem! In just a few hours, it was transformed!

Over a dozen beds were weeded and cleaned up, chard starts were planted, the garlic beds weeded, and there even was time to mulch the bok choi with grass clippings!

What a whirlwind of great work! Many thanks to 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.

The only way we’re going to grow anything this cold spring is with the help of floating row covers, and lots of them! The starts we planted are growing, with kale, lettuce, bok choi, spinach and chard doing their best under the conditions.

Thank goodness for the hoophouse! We pick the spinach hard on the Wednesday work party, and it’s grown back in one week. Lettuce is very happy, and now the kale is coming on. You can see the difference warmth makes!

The bok choi loves it in the hoophouse, too.  The first rotation is already harvested and we planted more spinach starts.

Lucky us, the hail storm in those threatening clouds didn’t make it to the garden! Now the plum blossoms are bravely blooming. Time for bees, and hope!


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