Grow Whidbey is a collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank Fresh Food on the Table Program, South Whidbey School Farms, and South Whidbey Tilth offering apprenticeships in community food production and farm-based education. Our goal is to train the next generation of growers and teachers in the field of sustainable community agriculture.
After a great 2017, we are are now planning for next year. If you are interested in becoming an apprentice with us in 2018, read more about the program here.
There will be five apprentice positions in 2018. We are seeking:
- Two Good Cheer Apprentices who will focus on food production and farm cultivation in the food banks’ two gardens and new acre farm, and a
- Two School Farm Apprentices who will work with teaching staff at the school farm to bring garden-based education to elementary and middle school students.
- One South Whidbey Tilth apprentice
Please contact each program directly, and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!
Grow Whidbey is a collaborative apprenticeship program between Good Cheer and South Whidbey School Farms that trains motivated individuals to grow food for community and teach youth through experiential garden and nutrition classes. Of 20 alums of the apprenticeship program, seven have stayed on South Whidbey to continue work in the field of sustainable agriculture and education.
Corey Wills, 2017 Good Cheer Garden apprentice
Mike Ferncase, 2017 School Farm production apprentices
Ryan Viscito, 2017 School Farm curriculum apprentice
This year, Grow Whidbey is blessed with three lovely individuals–Corey Wills
, Good Cheer Garden apprentice; Michael Ferncase
, School Farm Production apprentice; and Ryan Viscito
, School Farm Curriculum apprentice–who have come from all over the country to grow food for and provide garden-based education to the food insecure and youth in our community.
On Friday, May 12 at Useless Bay Coffee Company please join us for a fun and delicious night filled with generosity to raise the match and fund this essential program!
- Fantastic food donated by Useless Bay Coffee Company
- Live auction featuring items donated by Boatyard Inn, BugaBay Company, local artists, and community members
- A $10,000 matching grant from Hand in Hand Partners doubles your dollar!
The apprentices are a key part of the Good Cheer and School Farm programs! Your contribution supports educating South Whidbey youth with garden-based education, feeding community members with fresh, local produce, and training the next leaders and teachers in sustainable agriculture.
Tickets are $100 and available at Good Cheer Thrift Stores as well as at growwhidbey.brownpapertickets.com. With a generous $10,000 matching grant from Hand in Hand Partners, your dollar goes twice as far to Grow Whidbey! You can also make a reservation by calling Good Cheer at 360-221-0130 (ask for Anh) or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and hope to you see you there!
A big welcome to Ryan Viscito, Corey Wills and Mike Ferncase, the 2017 Grow Whidbey apprentices!
- Corey is the Good Cheer Food Bank apprentice, growing produce for the Food Bank at the Good Cheer Garden and the Big ACRE.
- Ryan is the School Farm Curriculum apprentice teaching the students garden and culinary classes and developing curriculum, and
- Mike is the School Farm Production apprentice, growing the vegetables the students eat during the garden and culinary classes, at school lunch and at events.
We welcome them to our community!
The South Whidbey School Farm and Garden Program is expanding and we have an opening in our apprentice program. Two gardens at the High School are being created! Add them to the School Farm at the Elementary School South Campus and the 6th and 7th grade gardens at the Middle School, and we have a lot of growing, teaching, harvesting and eating with our K – 12 program.
Click HERE for more information about the Grow Whidbey School Garden production apprentice.
Welcome to the apprentices in the 2015 Community Gardening Leadership Training!
From left to right,
– Anh Bui (Good Cheer Garden apprentice)
– Camille Green (Good Cheer Garden Manager)
– Cary Peterson (School Garden coordinator and CGLT co-coordinator)
– Halley Shriber (School Garden apprentice)
– Margaret Pickoff (Westgarden apprentice)
– Abigail Lazarowski (Westgarden Manager and CGLT Co-coordinator)
Go to the School Farm and Garden, Good Cheer Garden and Westgarden websites to learn more about what the apprentices are growing and learning, and how they are contributing to growing fresh, healthy produce for the South Whidbey community, food bank and schools.
We are seeking one more school garden apprentice for the season! Click HERE for more info.