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
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!
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
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
For those who have not been over to the Bayview Garden across from Bayview Corner (behind the old school building), Saturday, October 10 from 10 AM-1 PM, during our fall work party, would be a particularly fabulous time. We’ll be harvesting winter squash and putting the garden to sleep for the winter. Come lend a … More Bayview Garden Update and Fall Work Party!
So how ’bout them winds this past weekend? We are feeling so refreshed and nourished from the rain these last few days, even if our bean trellis is a looking a little worse for wear. As we transition into fall, we have been seed saving, getting our last rotation of greens in before it is time … More Rain falls, Fall reigns
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!