Field Trip!

Last Thursday, we (a group of food bank volunteers and gardeners) took a little field trip over to the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden on South Whidbey. Our little garden in Port Townsend is hugely inspired by the garden at Good Cheer and by Carey, their amazing garden coordinator.

Good Cheer Garden Coordinator Carey Peterson explains her garden systems…

She does lots of intensive plant rotations over the course of the season, thanks to rich compost from the worm bins–fed by the food bank  food waste!

Good Cheer has a spiffy commercial kitchen where they can prep and freeze the summer bounty…zucchini anyone?




The layout of the Good Cheer Food Bank looks a lot like a grocery store. Check out that produce! A lot of it comes from the garden, but also from home gardeners and farms.

The staff and volunteers at Good Cheer have done a lot of educational outreach regarding how to prepare and cook less popular but super healthy veggies. Now the kale and chard just flies off the shelf! We liked these nutrition/recipe posters for bok choy and beets.

Thanks Carey and Kathy at Good Cheer for taking the time to teach us! We are so inspired by your work!

Field Trip: Whidbey Island Good Cheer Food Bank Garden

A few garden volunteers took the ferry over to Whidbey Island today to visit the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden. Cary Peterson, the garden coordinator at Good Cheer, met us there to show us the low-tech systems that she uses in the garden. She’s been fine-tuning her food bank production systems over the past four years at Good Cheer and is a wealth of knowledge, not to mention a huge inspiration!

We checked out the greenhouse design and layout…

And she shared her greenhouse crop rotation strategies…

And all of her planting and planning wisdom…

And showed us the super seed germinating shelf, which we hope to replicate in PT!

The trip was inspiring and energizing, but also reminded us that we’ve got lots of work to do before springtime!  Before we can construct the greenhouse (which will be delivered next Wednesday!), we need to level the garden space and install a short retaining wall on one side. Get your muscles warmed up–we’ll be posting dates for work parties soon!