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).
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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!
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