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!
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
Come help us start the season off right by joining us in honoring the national Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service! We’ll start at 9:00 and end with lunch at noon. Come for as long or as little as you’d like. We have many jobs outside and a handful inside in the distribution center.… More Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service 2016
July? Definitely another scorcher–temperatures were in the high 80s during Independence day weekend. Speaking of which, we were at the Maxwelton Parade handing out sugar snap peas and flowers from the garden! Due to the dry and hot weather, we spent a good amount of July watering and harvesting. We made out quite nicely: 368 pounds of carrots, 278 pounds of… More Carrots, Tomatoes, and Cukes, OH MY!
It’s been so scorching lately, we couldn’t resist from making a Nelly reference. In all seriousness, we haven’t the faintest idea what happened to “June-uary”, as it seems like we’ve just jumped straight to August. Aside from the weather, things have been popping here at the garden too: sunflowers, zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes, beets,… More It’s Gettin’ Hot in Herre!
It’s been quite the whirlwind this spring and there are lots of exciting things happening here at the garden. We kicked off May with our annual May Day party, where the weather was perfect for painting faces, making flower crowns, and wrapping the May Pole. Just in these two short weeks, we have had a tremendous… More A Wonderful Spring So Far!
It’s been a whirlwind month. We started off the month with a series of service days. First, on the last Saturday of May, 26 students from Bastyr University in Seattle came out and put in two solid hours of work for us. Then, on Wednesday, June 4th, about 20 9th grade students from the Seattle… More It’s been a bounteous, busy, beauteous Juneuary!
As we transition from winter to spring, the garden continues to grow. Our field crops look happy, the greenhouse is still cranking out starts, and our hoop house crops are almost growing quicker than we can keep up! The peas in our hoop house have started to blossom, and will be our first pea harvest… More April showers bring May flowers (hopefully)
We’re planting in the hoophouse! It’s our annual mid-February excitement here at the Good Cheer Garden because we know in 4 weeks we’ll be harvesting fresh veggies for the Food Bank! We have kale, arugula, lettuce, spinach, chard and peas! Except for the peas, which we direct sowed, all the starts were grown in the… More We’re getting the garden ready for spring!
The overwintering chard and kale is coming on strong with terrific spring growth. We love our hoophouse, where we just started harvesting the lettuce we planted mid-February. Great to get early salad greens in the Food Bank. Now we’ve also planted lettuce, peas, chard and kale out in the field. Brrrr! But… More Early spring planting and harvesting!