Samish Island Acres - A Community Garden
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|"We are a community garden that that plants food for our members' use, and contributes to the food bank."|
Mission of the Samish Island Acres Community Garden:
Our mission is to enhance the quality of community life by creating and sustaining a garden space that will foster community bonds, provide fresh foods for member families, and to organizations that serve those in need.
In addition, we will support agricultural education, environmental land and water stewardship, health, recreation and local bird habitat.
We will help neighbors grow their own food, support our local food banks, provide a community recreation opportunity, provide community education about gardening methods, plant selection, composting, and food preservation methods, and enhance local food security.
Please join us in our mission. Our Contact information is below in "How to Join us."
Samish Island Acres is a non-profit corporation, IRS Fed ID #44-0552038. The Garden is on property donated for this community effort by the Community of Christ Church.
Read our story (pdf) - how we started a community garden, how it has grown, and what it takes to make it work.
This was our original site plan, which has since been expanded in both south and west directions.
- 28 "Chinese" raised beds.
- Two adaptive, wheelchair-accessible raised garden beds. View photo.
- Organic practices used for compost areas (separating green and brown compost)
- Flower boxes for herbs and flowers.
- Fenced garden bed area, to keep out deer & bunnies.
- Fruit and Nut orchard.
- Community Fruit and Vegetable exchange at garden, Saturdays from August to early October.
- Benches and picnic tables.
- Handicap-accessible beds, and general parking.
We meet 10 times a year at the Social Hall at the Community of Christ Church, at 11507 Scott Road, usually on Monday evenings, at 6:30pm. A potluck dinner often including fresh produce from the garden and is followed by a planning meeting. Dates are published in the Shore Lines and on the Samish island Web Page (what's new). If you are a garden member (dues $25-50), you will receive email updates.
- January & February - determine seeds to order and exchanging seeds, planning complementary plants and planting plan for beds
- Late March - prepping & planning beds, composting, ordering mulch, collecting tools by donation or loans, some planting (trees, etc)
- April - mowing, planting
- May, June, July, August, Sept - additional planting, maintain beds, harvest, have educational events at the garden site, involve youth groups where possible.
- October - winterize garden, mulch beds, drain water lines and hoses, tally hours for the year (grant purposes), review expenses, ask for seed donations from various sponsors, total food bank donations (poundage of donations), make decisions for next year. Pumpkin Awards.
Samish Island Acres is a community garden, with everyone working together on one garden (i.e. not a "pea patch" garden). Each member provides input on what to plant, based on what we like to eat. We order seeds and plant starts, share responsibilities for planting, weeding, watering, community outreach/education, and other services which benefit the garden.
If this appeals to you, please join us. Join the e-group to follow the garden. Individual: $25 -- Family: $50. Mail dues or contributions to the P.O. Box address below.
Donations and Dues to:
Samish Island Acres - A Community Garden
P.O. Box 334
Bow, WA 98232-9334 -- Attn: Jane Worland
All dues-paying members are eligible for the e-group. The e-group is primarily for task-related groups to communicate about work in the garden: what has been done, tasks that need doing, or sharing information about various garden questions that arise. We also have a white board at the garden to share information about "what needs doing next."
Members, Sponsors and Donors are invited to join this group if you'd like to help with hands-on tasks. If you'd just like to support our efforts by providing financial and tangible resources, our leader keeps a private list for general information affecting the garden. We might call on you from time to time for various needs we encounter.
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Part of the Thursday crew of harvesters, for the food bank, andfor personal use.
This was about 191 lbs of food for the food bank in late August 2016.
Some of the spring yield for personal use.
These local businesses are supporters of our community garden. We are thankful for our community support for the garden.
Biringer Nursery, Joe Biringer
Bow Hill Blueberries Harley & Susan Soltes
Finney Farm and Osborne Seed Company
Karl's Paints & Art Supplies
Thanks for a matching grant for seed purchases!
We are especially grateful to these foundations and funds, for grants we applied for and received during 2016: Jeffris Wood Fund ($1,000) and Schiff Foundation ($2,000). The funding will make possible a watering system for the garden, especially useful in the hottest part of the summer, to keep our production high and vegetables healthy!