Volunteer days are back again!

by Abigail Lazarowski

Westgarden work party season has begun! We will have our first official garden work party of the season on Thursday, March 17, and they’ll continue to run every Thursday until October! We’ll work together on garden tasks from 9 am until noon and a simple lunch will be served midday.

Work parties are open to everyone, whether you would like to learn more about gardening, meet some great people, or simply spend a few hours in the sunshine! For any questions contact Abigail, Westgarden Steward, at abigail@whidbeyinstitute.org.

The spring robins have arrived in the garden and so have the Community Gardening Leadership Training apprentices! Four passionate people have just moved to Whidbey Island from all over the country to spend seven and a half months working in the community gardens of South Whidbey. Stoni Tomson will be the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden apprentice, Liza Elman will be the South Whidbey School District Farm and Gardens apprentices, Devin Mounts will split his time between those two gardens, and Anna Strick will be the Whidbey Institute Westgarden apprentice. Each apprentice will spend the season learning about our community food system here on South Whidbey, growing nutritious food for those individuals in our community that need it most, learning how to manage a growing space, and teaching students and volunteers about the joys of gardening.

Stay tuned throughout the season for more stories from our community garden apprentices! Here are two blogs to watch:

Westgarden: https://learningfromtheland.wordpress.com

CGLT: https://cultivatingcommunitywhidbey.wordpress.com

sheila

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