May Day 2016: Big Festivities at The Big ACRE

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

2015 Season Successes and Reflections: Harvest Increases and Extra Growing Space for Next Year

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

Carrots, Tomatoes, and Cukes, OH MY!

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!

Our bountiful Pacific Northwest Spring…

Tomato blossoms, fresh peas, blooming cosmos and calendula, zucchini starts, and beet thinnings: there’s a lot going on in the garden right now. Slowly but surely is color being added to the garden. Shocks of yellow tomato flowers, red poppies, white pea blossoms, and lavender phacelia now compliment the deep purples and greens of the… More Our bountiful Pacific Northwest Spring…

Thank you apprentices Camille, Lissa, Alexa and Casey!

Congratulations, and much appreciation to Camille, Lissa, Alexa and Casey for their completion of the Community Gardening Leadership Training in the Good Cheer Garden, Food Bank, Whidbey Institute Westgarden, and South Whidbey Academy, South Whidbey Elementary School and Langley Middle School Gardens. Camille Green moved into a leadership role in the Good Cheer Garden Lissa Firor… More Thank you apprentices Camille, Lissa, Alexa and Casey!