Westgarden Steward Abigail Lazarowski is leaving Whidbey Island later this winter to pursue personal and professional goals in the Portland, Oregon area. While we’re sad to see her go, we’re excited about the potential for a new team member to join us, and we’re proud of the care with which Abigail is stewarding our garden through this transition. Yesterday, Communications Manager Marnie Jackson sat down with Abigail to talk about the transition, the garden, and what to expect in the months ahead. Here’s that conversation. Read More →
We are seeking a permanent three-quarter time employee to join our staff team as Westgarden Steward. The Westgarden Steward is responsible for caring for the Whidbey Institute’s Westgarden as a growing and community education space.
The Westgarden, established in 1979, is a half-acre vegetable and medicinal herb garden on the Whidbey Institute grounds. The scope of the Westgarden is broad, and has three main areas of focus: organic food and medicine production; community education and volunteer engagement; and healing experience.
- Master Gardener Mara Grey spends hundreds of hours each year on the stewardship of our Appletree Garden.
- Forester Robert Keeney provides time, tools, and skilled leadership for large-scale land care projects.
- Program Leaders Sayumi Irey and Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell serve as expert advisors on our Equity & Justice work.
- Fourth grader Robin Jones folds brochures in our office to help prep for conferences.
This Giving Tuesday, we’re grateful for ALL the ways you show you care.
“If we surrendered to earth’s intelligence we could rise up rooted, like trees.”― Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
Read on for these articles and more—Gala and Community Festival Photo Albums; A Fond Farewell to Jenna Barrett; Development Manager Sought; Thanking Garden Intern Anna Strick; Board Member Gabriel Shirley Completes Final Term; A Plan for the Future: Whidbey Institute 2020.
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities . . . ”—Kurt Vonnegut
This issue contains articles about program facilitator Craig Fleck, herbalist Kumudini Shoba, and new staff member Madisun Stern, plus information about our upcoming prize drawing, community festival, and other programs. Scroll down for striking photos from our Sanctuary and Westgarden.