Progress at the High School Garden!

What a difference a couple months can make! Back in April the asphalt was torn up in front of the entrance to the garden and we were just beginning to turn under the cover crops. Fast forward to June and the asphalt is gone – thanks to Moving Earth – and the rows are flourishing!

The high school food bank garden is unique in that during the school year students are able to volunteer and learn about growing their own food – and some of the produce ends up in the school cafeteria. During the summer when there are no students, all of the produce is donated to the food bank. This garden is managed by Food Bank Farm and Gardens (FBFG) President, Lys Burden, and brand new FBFG garden coordinator, Joanne Pontrello.

Before and After rowsTurning cover crop, April 2015 (L) and Peas, Broccoli, Chard and Kale growing in those same rows, June 2015 (R)

Before and After asphaltBroken asphalt, April 2015 (L) and New Garden Space with asphalt removed, June 2015 (R)

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April 2015 (Above) June 2015 (Below)

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Many thanks to all of the volunteers that have helped develop this garden! If you would like to find out more about this project or get involved, contact garden coordinators Lys – [email protected] or Joanne – [email protected].

PTHS Garden Party

Our first “all hands on deck” work party was an excellent day for turning cover crops and planting starts. Despite the threat of inclement weather, nine volunteers gathered to help get the Port Townsend High School Food Bank Garden ready for spring planting. Thank you to everyone that made it!

Cover crops planted in the fall are turned into the soil in order to replenish much needed soil nutrients. Soil amendments may also be added throughout the season to keep the soil quality high.

You may also notice the large amounts of broken concrete – our expansion has begun! Once the concrete has been cleared this garden will encompass almost 10,000 square feet.

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Mark your calendars for our next Garden Party Saturday, May 9th at the Quimper Grange Food Bank Garden location! Everyone is welcome even if you haven’t volunteers before. Contact for more information.

The Food Bank Farm and Gardens leadership team are hosting a get-together at the Red Cross of Port Townsend (located in Mountain View). We will take a tour of the food bank and give a short presentation about our food bank gardening efforts!

10am – noon today.

If you don’t catch this post in time, but you’re interested in hearing about our efforts or how you can get involved – please email and say hello!


It’s time. Tomorrow we’ll start doing a big garden clean up, pulling out most of the tomatoes (we can still let the green ones ripen off the vine!), and replanting the greenhouse beds with hardy winter greens. Afterwards there’ll be another VOLUNTEER LUNCH at NOON, complete with a big, beautiful garden salad and other goodies. Come on by! P.S.- Have you seen our spiffy new worm bin?? This isn’t it, but it looks exactly like this one and was installed during last week’s vermiculture workshop presented by Jefferson County Public Works and WSU Master Gardeners. We can’t wait to start some serious composting!

Thanks to everyone who came out for the garden grand opening! And to all of the volunteers who couldn’t make it, we are so so grateful for all the hard work, time, and expertise you’ve dedicated to this little garden!

5/2 food bank harvest! Chard, kale, lettuce, and rhubarb!

Greenhouse Raising, Chapter 1:

In the beginning, there was gravel and dirt….

Then we dug holes, poured cement, and set posts:

Meeting of the minds, coming up with the afternoon game plan:

Hoops and purlins go up!

Day 2: moving dirt, making beds, building doors.

THANK YOU THANK YOU to the very skilled and gung-ho volunteers that came out for the raising! As you can see, we’ve still gotta get the plastic up–so stay tuned, there’s more raising on the way!


Now we just need to spread it…before this Saturday…

Thanks to Jess Norton of Wildflower Landscaping and Shold Excavating Inc., we’ve now got a snazzy drainage set- up and a BUNCH of gravel for the greenhouse floor. Bring shovels and rakes if you’ve got time this week to stop by and help spread it! The sooner the better! I’ll be out there this later afternoon, as well as Thursday morning (rain or shine) 11am. Come break a sweat!