Meet Ellie Sherman, our new apprentice!

A big welcome to Ellie Sherman, our new apprentice in the Community Gardening Leadership Training!

Ellie brings a lot of experience in organic and biodynamic gardening to this apprenticeship at the Good Cheer Garden, the Langley Middle School Garden, and the Whidbey Institute Westgarden.  Here’s Ellie in her own words!

“You may have already seen me in the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden or the Whidbey Institute garden, or maybe scooting around town on a yellow bicycle. I am the new garden apprentice. I am interested in helping to create healthy community space grounded in a community garden.

The path I’ve been walking weaves together the growing, preparing & sharing of food, art and community, with a particular interest in working with young people.

After several years of apprenticing and working in gardens in California, New Zealand, Maine, Italy and North Carolina, I’ve come here to learn from and contribute to creative and engaging garden-based public outreach programs, learn more about small-scale garden management and everything else that life has to offer here on Whidbey Island.

Though originally from New Orleans, LA, and most recently from Asheville, NC, I lived in California for almost 10 years off & on, and traveled around the US & different countries as well as moving back to New Orleans for periods of time. I have been welcomed so warmly by so many of the kindhearted people here and am eager to explore the bounty & beauty that lies in this wonderful community of nature & people in the Pacific Northwest!”

Follow Ellie’s insights and impressions in a new column called “Ellie’s Beets”!