Birchyville Garden, Port Townsend
Birchyville is the smallest of the food-bank gardens. It is tucked away in a residential neighborhood south of Sims Way near Shoulds Nursery. It is ideally suited for growing lettuces, kale, chard, collards and herbs. It has some shady areas but also has sunny spots where beans, cukes or squash can be grown. Tomatoes did quite well there last summer.
Currently it is hand irrigated but there are plans by the owner to bring a water source closer to the garden and install a drip system. The garden is surrounded by a wire fence. It is small enough for one person to handle with some assistance. for larger projects such as building plant supports or cover cropping. The garden was fully planted last year with starts from Midori Farm and other food-bank gardens.
The manager of this garden would work with the owner (Birch Shapiro, a horticulturalist) on the crop plan. He very much would like to be involved.
If interested please use the CONTACT link below.
Crops harvested January 2019 99 lbs.
Volunteer Hours 7.5 (3 wks) & unlogged hours for “mulch elves”
- Stephen C. – repaired at no cost the hoop house doors
- Emily has begun spring plantings
- Hoop house salad plantings as well as outdoor winter crops of beets, carrots and greens are doing well.
- Most of the sheet mulching is complete. Eight volunteers working steadily got that done!
- Raspberries are pruned and partially mulched.
- In prep for the worm bin, a second hole has been dug & filled. A new area inside the fence has been staked awaiting a digging crew. The first hole was on a ledge and wasn’t deep enough.
- Water has not been turned on.
Prepared by Kathy Ryan, volunteer.
Birchyville Garden Update 10/16/18
This growing season was FBFG’s first at Birchyville Garden. The land had been a garden in years past but had been left to grow over for many years. The new owner, Birch Shapiro, (thus the name of the garden), is a degreed horticulturalist. Birch, through an agreement with the FBFG, wanted to bring as much of his land back into production as was possible to specifically support the Port Townsend Food Bank.
He began by plowing up the ground, adding deer fencing, lots of straw, mulch and providing the water for irrigation. Shold’s Garden Supply provided generous discounts on mulch and materials. Despite the usual difficulties in developing a garden, FBFG volunteer Master Gardener, Mado Most, worked to develop a viable vegetable garden. She literally hand watered the garden during this summer and her success was in the harvest. Lettuce, tomatoes, basil, kale and beans were harvested and distributed through the Port Townsend Food Bank. Mado is now planting a cover crop mix over the bare ground for winter. High praise and much gratitude to Mado for her exceptional work and long hours during this initial season. We hope to have an irrigation system in by next season.
The Grange garden location got some new residents this spring – five ducks donated by a garden neighbor have moved in!
It took a team of volunteers to first relocate the new duck home…
…And now these ladies are happily ridding our garden of unwanted slugs and snails!
It takes a team of volunteers to take care of the ducks, each morning the ducks are let out of their pen and fed and each evening they are put to bed back in their pen safe from predators.
Thank you to all who make this addition possible!
If you’re interested in learning more about the Food Bank Garden Project, any of the garden locations or would like to volunteer, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Food Bank Farm & Gardens will have a presence at the fantastic Economics of Happiness Conference tomorrow. If you’re planning to attend, don’t miss the Local Food Panel Discussion: Hear from a cross section of local food activists from Port Townsend, WA as they describe both their part in the system, and their connection to the others on the panel. The result will be awareness that access to and creation of a resilient local food system is greatly enhanced by the inter weavings of the people interested in the various elements of that system. What is represented by the panelists are community gardens, food bank gardens, school gardens, fruit tree and farm crop gleaning, a school food service that regularly uses local food in its menus, a web design that makes it possible for people to purchase garden produce from neighbors’ gardens, a highly collaborative effort at preservation of farms, and an entrepreneurial effort to create a strategic location for local farmers to sell their fare. All aspects play a key and integrative role in the expanding local food system of Port Townsend, Washington. Q and A will follow brief panel member contributions.
Find out more about the Conference at https://www.economicsofhappiness-pt.com/schedule/
As of today the Food Bank Farm and Gardens have donated more than 2,000 lbs of local produce to the food bank and high school lunch program. This incredible feat is accomplished only after logging more than 500 volunteer hours. With September historically being the highest yielding month we look forward to another record year. Thank you to everyone that has put in time and energy this year!
2017 Growing Season (in a nutshell)
Don’t miss out on this fantastic community event! Speakers include Lys Burden, Karen Kastel and Zach Gayne – members of the Food Bank Farm and Gardens Leadership team.