Community Wellness Project Cites PT High School & Food Bank Farm and Gardens

“When things are socially, economically, and environmentally in balance, that’s when they become sustainable. All of those sectors come together at the Port Townsend High School vegetable garden.

Those two sentences start off the article that cites the extraordinary efforts that have gone into the Port Townsend High School garden. What was originally a “trashed out parking lot” has become an expanding model of community resourcefulness and cooperation. It has connected a variety of what are often unconnected resources. After reading this article one should seriously consider volunteering.

Click HERE for a direct link to the full article at the COMMUNITY WELLNESS PROJECT website.

For an interactive MAP of the PT High School Garden as well as other community gardens click HERE

Harvest Celebration

Annual Autumn Harvest Party

Annual Autumn Harvest Party

FBFG has an annual Harvest Party to celebrate with all of our garden volunteers and the public. We show slides of all of our garden sites with the managers describing how this last growing season has been and any new accomplishments at their gardens. We usually provide a self-serve buffet showcasing our garden produce, health regulations permitting.

Quimper Grange Update

January 2021

Grange Garden Updates:

Our newest hoop house is nearly complete. The front door has been installed, we just need the rear panel window and the flooring installed and to tighten up the plastic once more before using. A fair amount of water is collecting in the bottom. If anyone has any experience in creating drainage, we would LOVE your input before we install the ground cloth. As soon as this is complete, we will start to use it immediately for seed starts (starting end of January), and to transfer some of our currently growing boxes into it.

Jo has continued to feed the worm boxes throughout the winter. Lehani’s Deli is providing a weekly supply of organic vegetable scraps and coffee grounds, which has been a tremendous boon for the worms. Jo’s worm dirt is the BEST for augmenting our beds! If interested in contributing vegetable scraps – contact Jo.

Kale and collards continue to grow, albeit very slowed down. Beets have stopped growth and are very small, we’re experimenting to see if they’ll start to grow larger as the ground warms up. A number of vegetables were started in the greenhouses as an experiment: collards, turnips and spinach seem to be coming along, and maybe beets. Outdoors, the arugula bed seems to have done the best throughout the freezes and light snow. It continues to grow at a wonderful pace. Cover  crops have been sowed on all the other beds. Our harvest for the food bank still produces salad and stir fry mixes, and some herb bundles. We can hardly wait to ramp up production again.

AmeriCorps has chosen our garden for their “Day of Service” on MLK Day, Jan 18th! We are so lucky to receive their help. They will be installing a chicken wire perimeter around the exterior of our plastic deer fencing to prevent damage caused by weed whacking and to keep the smaller critters out.

An enhanced crop rotation is in the works, and Jo and Barbara selected seeds to start for the coming year. Now we have to figure out when to start the seeds (or sow in the ground), and which beds need which type of amendments! It’ an exciting process. Looking for a volunteer to make new garden bed markers at home for the new rotation. Supplies will be provided.

Looking for a volunteer to design and build a small storage area on one side of the garden, to be hung from existing fence posts. Any creative handypeople around, please contact Barbara. I need to present a design and materials quote for approval by the Grange in order to proceed.

Call for Artists! One of our signs is in dire need of repairing. This is something that can be done at home. Any takers?

Last, but not least, the FBFG group is having a fundraiser mid March. This will raise funds for ALL the FB gardens, and there are many moving pieces. There will be many opportunities to help with this project; Rachel, volunteer coordinator for FBFG, will put out a call for volunteers at different stages: contact her at foodbankfarmandgardensjc@gmail.com if you’re interested in helping. (BTW, Rachel will be moving this year some time – FBFG is looking for someone to take on Volunteer Coordination responsibilities!)

Thank you all for the work you have done in the FB gardens in the past year. We sure hope to see you very soon.

Best Wishes,

Jo and Barbara

Jo – joyount@olypen.com

Barbara – barbaratusting97@gmail.com

What “Give Jefferson” Means to Us

Greenhouse Proposal for Fresh Winter Garden Produce for Jefferson County Food Banks

Our organization has a good track record of delivering high quality, fresh, organic produce to the Port Townsend and Tri-Area Food Banks since 2012. (The Tri-Area Food Bank also supplies south county.) Summer production has topped 45,000 lbs. total in the last six years and increases every year. We have increased the number of food bank garden sites this year for a total of 8 production sites with approximately an acre under intensive cultivation by scores of dedicated volunteers.

We have a total of 4 summer production greenhouses, and we’d like to expand the winter production with a more insulated house, especially suited to cold season production. We are encouraging all existing greenhouse locations to increase their winter production, as well. But many of these facilities lack the insulation needed and grower experience to produce large amounts of winter crops. A prototype operation would help all garden managers and volunteers learn better techniques for winter production.

Project Activities

If funded, FBFG volunteers will assist in the greenhouse raising at Birchyville Garden Coop. FBFG will sponsor regular all-call work parties at this newest greenhouse to educate both volunteers and food gardeners from the community about winter production techniques and to help with harvests. The winter greens production will be delivered to both the Port Townsend and Tri-Area Food Banks.The production will not be able to furnish enough to supply all those in need, but it will be a good start.

Please note that we have already raised $2,250 toward this greenhouse and need only $2,970 to complete the purchase of materials. 

Give hope. Give Foodbank Farm and Gardens. Give Jefferson.