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Join us Saturday, September 10, for the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest.

The theme of the day is “Cultivating Community”.  From 11 am – 3 pm, there will be local music, games for kids, great food served by local nonprofits, a cook-off competition, and the raffle of a garden shed built by Bob Bowling. Plus, a presentation by Graham Kerr, and Growing Groceries classes. Click HERE for more info from the Good Cheer blog.

  Graham Kerr (the Galloping Gourmet) will be speaking on the Main Stage at 12 noon! He’ll be in the garden giving a workshop and book signing at 11 am (Note this new time which may not be on older webposts!) Click HERE for more details.

  Growing Groceries classes will be held at 9 am, 10 am and 1:30 pm. Learn about what to do in your garden in September, how to make great compost, and all about worm bins. Click HERE for more details.

Wow! Bob Bowling has done it again– donated another garden shed to raffle off for the benefit of Good Cheer Food Bank! This 6′ x  8′ shed is gorgeous, perfect for potting up plants and storing garden equipment. Custom built with recycling wood and materials, and it is a beauty. Thank you, Bob! Click HERE for more about this shed on the Good Cheer blog.

 You can see it when you drive by the Good Cheer Food Bank, just to the north of the garden. Tickets for the for the 6′ x8′ structure are $5 apiece or five for $20 and are being sold at all Good Cheer Thrift Stores, the Food Bank office, and at Bob Bowling’s booth at the Bayview Farmer’s market.

On Saturday, September 10Growing Groceries will be part of the Good Cheer Harvest Party and Music Fest, and the classes will be in the Good Cheer Garden.

9  – 10 am: Top Tips of the Month
Presented by Cary Peterson, Good Cheer Garden Coordinator

What to do in September in your garden. Bring your questions!

10 – 11 am: Composting Basics 
Presented by Janet Hall, WSU Extension Waste-wise Coordinator
Learn different ways to turn your food scraps and garden waste into soil fertility.

1:30 – 2:30 pm: The Wonders of Worms!
Presented by Todd Spratt, Bugabay Worm Bins
Learn the keys to success for worm bins, with a special focus on in-ground worm bins.

No registration needed, classes are by donation!

What fun! The worm castings from our in-ground worm bins not only got a blue ribbon at the Island County Fair, they got the Merit Award! We are all very proud of our worms, and love those in-ground worm bins.

Learn about how to make blue ribbon worm castings at the September Growing Groceries class, at 11 am with Todd Spratt.

Lots of carrots coming in, plus beets, lettuce, kale, chard, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, basil and beans.


Say goodbye to the older plants, and plant new ones for the fall crop!

  Flowers for the bees and beneficial insects, too!

Our work party on Wednesday has been great fun, with harvesting in the morning, and bed prep and planting in the afternoon.

It’s been wonderful this summer with many families coming to volunteer, and everyone enjoying a delicious picnic together. The Wednesday work party is from 9 am – 4 pm, with lunch at noon. Come for as long or short as you’d like!


A huge thank you to the farmers and vendors from the Farmer’s Markets! The Good Cheer Garden grows a lot, but not enough to meet the need for produce in the food bank. We are very grateful to our local farmers for their donations!

Specifically, we’d like to express our appreciation to…..


Molly’s Island Garden                                         Five Acre Farm


Willowood Farm and Prairie Bottom Farm       Pam’s Place Produce


Quail’s Run Farm                                             Julia’s Lumpia Hut                                                                          


Lesidi African Food                                      Bur Oak Acres                                                                                    

Last but not least, Tree-Top Baking. It’s not veggies, but they also donate generously!


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