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!
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!
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