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
Nettles are growing, grass is getting mowed, and Good Cheer is starting up the Weekly Wednesday Work Parties-MUST BE SPRING! From now until the end of October we’ll be hosting volunteers in the garden every Wednesday from 9 until 4. Come for as little or as long as you like, but try to be there … More Wednesday Work Parties are back up and running
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
Thank you to the 20 volunteers who came out to help us start the season off right! Our intrepid gardeners helped us turn every covered cropped bed at the garden, harvested kale, chard, spinach, lettuce, parsley, leeks, beets, carrots, and rosemary, dismantled some old raised wooden beds, cleaned up the hoop house, weeded, and turned … More Another massively successful MLK Jr Day of Service
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
The search for four apprentices to be in our Community Gardening Leadership Training Apprenticeship is still on! One apprentice will mostly work with us at the food bank garden and new farm project, one will be at the Whidbey Institute Westgarden and two at the South Whidbey School Farm and Gardens. While each apprentice is … More The Application for the Community Gardening Leadership Training is still open!
We are thrilled to announce that the application for the 2016 Community Gardening Leadership Training is now open! One apprentice will be selected to work specifically with us at the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden, but will also gain experience at our two partner gardens: the Whidbey Institute Westgarden, and the South Whidbey School District Farm and … More Apply to come work with us on Whidbey!
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
Every season the Community Gardening Leadership Training Program brings enthusiastic apprentices to work at the Good Cheer Garden, as well as at the Whidbey Institute West Garden, and the South Whidbey School Farm. Not only does this program help educate future farmers and food activists, it supplies each garden with energetic new ideas and essential … More Help Support the Community Gardening Leadership Training Program!