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
A big and warm welcome to 2017 Grow Whidbey Good Cheer apprentice Corey Wills. “Originally hailing from northern Virginia, I spent years working all over the country in fields ranging from mental health to grassroots political work before realizing that I actually felt most at home working in a literal field – at which point I … More Welcome to Corey Wills, Good Cheer Garden Apprentice!
While we wait out frost and snow and rain, we have been preparing for another stellar season. On January 16th, over 20 volunteers came to help us kick off the season and celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. The ground was much too frozen to dig, and compost piles were one … More Winter Updates: a Successful MLK Jr Work Party and an Exciting New Job Opportunity
Everyone’s welcome, we have many various projects for many different skill levels! Come for the whole time, or just come by for a moment. Help us start the 2017 season off right.
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!
Whidbey Island Bank is generously matching $5,000 in community donations to Good Cheer. Funds raised by July 31, 2016 will go towards Good Cheer’s Fresh Food on the Table program, which includes growing, gleaning, preserving, and processing fresh fruits and vegetables for South Whidbey friends, neighbors, and families in need. Your donation will put fresh … More Whidbey Island Bank to Match $5,000 in donations to Good Cheer!
A big and warm welcome to 2016 Community Gardening Leadership Training Program apprentices Stoni and Devin! Stoni will be focused at Good Cheer, while Devin will split his time between Good Cheer and the South Whidbey School Farm and Gardens. “Growing up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, I often found myself looking back … More Welcome to Stoni and Devin!
Good Cheer’s fourth annual May Day celebration combined an ancient tradition, a big new planting venture, and an abundance of food and friends in one sunshine-filled afternoon. For time immemorial, agricultural societies throughout Europe have held May Day festivals to welcome the return of spring. They would dance around a maypole and feast with fellow community members to celebrate the fertility of the land. This May … More May Day 2016: Big Festivities at The Big ACRE
Come join us this Friday for a work party at the Big ACRE on Friday April 8th, to get ready for our first plantings. We need your help to put up the fence, remove some more blackberries and scotch broom, pick up more rocks, and start building the hoop house. We will be out there from … More Big ACRE Work Party on Friday, April 8th
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