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
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
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!
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
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