From April 14th until April 28th, Good Cheer was a flurry of activity while we hosted 10 stellar and enthusiastic National Civilian Community Corps members (NCCC)! NCCC is an AmeriCorps program that gives 18-24 year olds the opportunity to travel around the US with their team and work on various community projects. The projects this crew helped us … More A wildly productive two weeks with AmeriCorps NCCC
This year our harvest party was the very first day of October, and hosted at The Big ACRE. Party goers toured the new farm, ate delicious garden snacks, and pressed many boxes of apples into sweet fresh cider. Thank you so much for everyone who came out to celebrate and share with us, and for … More An Apple-Filled End of the Season Party!
We would love your presence at our Fall Harvest Party: Saturday, October 1 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM at The Big ACRE (behind the old Bayview School building). Come help us celebrate the end of another successful season and appreciate our volunteers, donors, and apprentices whose efforts and generosity have converted an empty field … More OCT 1: Celebrate the end of the season at The Big ACRE!
Missed this year’s volunteer appreciation BBQ? Want some pickling tips to preserve the flavors of summer? Check out Good Cheer’s Summer/Fall newsletter for this and more!
It’s hard to imagine that just four months ago, what is now flourishing was just a dirt field. We are thrilled to be contributing to the increase of locally-grown-and-consumed food in South Whidbey and are truly indebted to all our supporters, volunteers, and advocates who have filled an empty ball field with abundance and fresh food. Local … More Big News: The Big ACRE is FULLY planted, and we couldn’t have done it without YOU!
Thanks to a generous grant from the Catholic Relief Services/Archdiocese of Seattle, we were able to purchase 13 fruit trees! Some of our new apprentices and a handful of volunteers came out on March 15, 2016 and helped us get everything planted, staked, and fenced. The orchard is The Big ACRE’s first planting, and at … More The Big ACRE’s FIRST Planting!
We are so very grateful to all those in our local and greater community who have donated monetary funds, equipment and materials, and time in support of The Big ACRE. The following organizations have donated funds or in-kind materials: Goosefoot Community Fund Catholic Relief Services/Archdiocese of Seattle Cedar Grove Johnny’s Selected Seeds These donations and … More A HUGE Thank You to our Benefactors, Advocates, and Friends
Nettles are growing, grass is getting mowed, and Good Cheer is starting up the Weekly Wednesday Work Parties-MUST BE SPRING! From now until the end of October we’ll be hosting volunteers in the garden every Wednesday from 9 until 4. Come for as little or as long as you like, but try to be there … More Wednesday Work Parties are back up and running
Thank you to the 20 volunteers who came out to help us start the season off right! Our intrepid gardeners helped us turn every covered cropped bed at the garden, harvested kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, parsley, leeks, beets, carrots, and rosemary, dismantled some old raised wooden beds, cleaned up the hoop house, weeded, and turned … More Another massively successful MLK Jr Day of Service
Despite the heat and drought this summer, starting in June and extending through August, the Good Cheer and Bayview Gardens have produced over 8,600 pounds of food for the food bank this season: over 2,000 pounds of greens; 1,500 pounds of summer and winter squash; 1,300 pounds of tomatoes; and 1,100 pounds of carrots. At … More 2015 Season Successes and Reflections: Harvest Increases and Extra Growing Space for Next Year