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!
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
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
You’re invited to Good Cheer’s 4th annual May Day Festival! Sunday May 1, 2016 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM behind the old Bayview School building (5611 S. Bayview Road, Langley).
… More MAY 1: Come celebrate spring at The Big ACRE!
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
Abundant Community Resources for Everyone The Big ACRE is Good Cheer’s new one acre farm that will grow food for South Whidbey Good Cheer Food Bank and South Whidbey School District cafeterias. The farm project was conceived of and initiated by Camille Green, Good Cheer Garden Manager, in August 2015 and approved by the Good Cheer, SWSD, and NILA boards … More The Big ACRE: Good Cheer’s New Collaborative Farm
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
What can you do to prepare your garden for fall and winter? Come to the food bank tomorrow at 5pm to learn how best to prepare your garden for the upcoming seasons. There will be a few quick fall starts and a simple garden guide to take home with you! See the flyer below for more … More A fall and winter garden class!
by Allie Urbanek, 2012 Good Cheer “Community Gardening and Leadership Training” apprentice “While hunger is real, scarcity is an illusion.” ~Frances Moore Lappe and Joseph Collins On Saturdays this time of year, we walk from Good Cheer Food Bank to the Bayview Farmer’s Market at closing time, hauling a large wagon or two and several … More Voices from the New Generation of Farmers: Waste Not, Want Not