Our garden program, Fresh Food on the Table, in which we have partnered with the South Whidbey School District and many agriculturists on Whidbey Island, has enabled us to serve more people with more and better food for less money.
Our own on-premises garden is a source of pride as well as healthy fruits and vegetables for our food bank. We harvested more than 5,000 pounds of fresh food last year. With the coming of our “Big ACRE” joint venture with SWSD, we expect that amount to increase significantly with our 2017 harvest.
Our gardens have been a focus for hundreds of hardy volunteers who donate their time and boundless energy to help their neighbors by planting in Spring, weeding in Summer, and harvesting in Autumn. They’re rewarded with the satisfaction of a job well-done — and a picnic lunch!
There are many ways to help the Good Cheer Garden:
Work parties: Every Wednesday (March through October) is Good Cheer garden day! Come help in the garden from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Picnic lunch at noon. Work for as long or short as you’d like.
To volunteer on another day, or organize a special work party for your school, service learning program, family, business or any other group, contact the Garden Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love organizing work parties!
Sharing your harvest: Did you grow extra broccoli, garlic, beans, or other fruits and veggies that you want to share? The food bank can use them! Learn more about donating food to Good Cheer here.
Garden supplies: Do you have extra hoses or garden tools that you don’t need anymore? We can use them! Please bring items to the Food Bank, or come on Wednesdays to drop them off. Please only donate equipment in good working condition. Thank you!
For the latest garden updates, check out the Good Cheer Garden blog at: http://goodcheergarden.wordpress.com