Best season ever for fresh local food to Good Cheer!

lettuce bokchoi_1512It’s been quite the incredible season with all the sun and warmth! Through the generosity of our local farmers, gardeners, volunteers, apprentices and community donors, over 24,000 lbs of fresh, nutritious vegetables and fruits were donated to the Food Bank, helping to nourish those in our community who would otherwise not have access to fresh produce. The Good Cheer Garden alone produced a record 7,000 lbs!

A big thank you to the Market farmers from the Bayview Farmers Market, the CSA at Greenbank Farm, Gleeful Gleaners, Rotary Gleaners, home gardeners and local farmers who together contributed more than 14,000 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits to the Food Bank.

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Huge gratitude to the dozens of volunteers of all ages who contributed their hard work and good spirits to growing and harvesting the gardens at the Wednesday work parties and during service learning projects. Many hands made it happen!

apprentices october_0755We’d especially like to thank the Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices, coordinated by Cary Peterson, who helped grow and distribute the produce: Alexa Macaulay (Whidbey Institute Westgarden), Camille Green (Good Cheer Garden), Lissa Firor (Food Bank) and Casey Jackson (South Whidbey School District Gardens). We couldn’t have done it without them!

Our appreciation to Nancy Scoles, Richard Renninger, Mary Richardson and the Whidbey Institute for offering accommodations to the apprentices. Because of their generosity, we were able to provide housing to these young people as they served our community.

Fresh Food Logo Final_finalcroppedOur partners in the Fresh Food on the Table program- the Whidbey Institute and the SW School District- helped sponsor the apprentices, and donated another 2,000 pounds of fresh veggies grown in their gardens to the Food Bank.

deep harvest2013_0222We also want to thank all those who donated money to support the program! We have been able to provide fresh food year round by contracting with local farmers Deep Harvest Farm and Ebb Tide Produce to provide us with winter veggies when our gardens wind down.

A special thanks to our Honey Bee sponsors: Whidbey Island Bank, Whidbey Telecom and the Trinity Lutheran Church for helping to make this possible!

So, we’re giving a big end of the season HOORAY! and wishing you all a restful and rejuvenating winter. See you in 2014!

 

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