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Banquet Fundraiser & Square Dance
Saturday, April 21st
Thomas Berry Hall, Whidbey Institute

Help us provide fresh produce to the Food Bank YEAR ROUND!
Support local farmers, and youth leadership training!

Read more about the banquet fundraiser HERE.

Here’s also a video with more information.

Fresh Food on the Table is a new program of the Good Cheer Food Bank, in partnership with Greenbank FarmWhidbey InstituteSouth Whidbey Commons and the South Whidbey School District.


We’re raising money to purchase locally grown food throughout the winter,

 and to fund our educational programs for youth:

  • Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices at Good Cheer and the Whidbey Institute
  • Community Garden teen apprentices with the South Whidbey Commons
  • School garden program at Bayview School, and the Langley Middle School.



Our kale starts were getting too big for their seed blocks, so even though it was a little on the cold side, we needed to go for it and plant them out in the field.


We prepped the beds and got them all ready!


The first kale starts are now in the ground, and all snugged up in our tunnels made with Agribon floating row cover, and hoops made from black poly pipe. Spinach, peas and leeks have also been planted.


We’ve been harvesting, too! The collards and kale were bolting, but still really tasty with their overwintered sweetness.

  The growing gets going in April! The cold may be daunting, but there are veggies that love this weather!

Tuesday, April 3rd, from 5 – 7 pm, at the Good Cheer Garden

  • Hands-on demonstration at 5 pm: Getting the jump on your irrigation.
  • Top tips and questions at 6 pm, including floating row cover tips, crop rotation and soil fertility.

Click HERE for more information!


It’s been cold, oh so cold, but we’ve been harvesting overwintered collards and kale from the garden, and growing lots of starts in the greenhouse.  It’s just been too chilly to plant them out in the field!


The fruit trees were pruned, thanks to able instruction from Sarah Birger, and we now have all the beds at the Langley Middle School Garden turned over and ready for planting.


But the hoophouse is just cranking it out! We’ve had three cuttings of the cut and come again salad mix planted last fall, and we’ve planted bokchoi, spinach, lettuce and kale already this spring.

A big thank you to the Whitman College students who came to the March 14th Wednesday work party, and helped with seed blocking, weeding, planting and harvesting!


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