Kelly joins the Good Cheer team through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA stands for Volunteers in Service to America, and places year long VISTA members at non-profits that work towards poverty alleviation. At Good Cheer she will be managing our Gleaning Programs. “Hi Whidbey Community Members! I just moved to your beautiful community from Austin … More Welcome to Kelly Pinkley, Good Cheer VISTA
Grow Whidbey is a collaborative apprenticeship program between Good Cheer and South Whidbey School Farms that trains motivated individuals to grow food for community and teach youth through experiential garden and nutrition classes. Of 20 alums of the apprenticeship program, seven have stayed on South Whidbey to continue work in the field of sustainable agriculture and … More Delicious food and live auction Friday 5/12 at Useless Bay Coffee Company for a GREAT cause!
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!
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!
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 newsletter has a new look and will be hitting mailboxes next week. But why wait when you can check out the online version here? Read on for more about Good Cheer, The Big ACRE, this year’s Community Gardening Leadership Training program, which Good Cheer is a partner in, and fresh food donation tips for sharing … More Read all about it! Good Cheer’s spring newsletter is online
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!
The search for four apprentices to be in our Community Gardening Leadership Training Apprenticeship is still on! One apprentice will mostly work with us at the food bank garden and new farm project, one will be at the Whidbey Institute Westgarden and two at the South Whidbey School Farm and Gardens. While each apprentice is … More The Application for the Community Gardening Leadership Training is still open!
We are thrilled to announce that the application for the 2016 Community Gardening Leadership Training is now open! One apprentice will be selected to work specifically with us at the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden, but will also gain experience at our two partner gardens: the Whidbey Institute Westgarden, and the South Whidbey School District Farm and … More Apply to come work with us on Whidbey!
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