We welcome Kathryn Ruesch, Tran Hoang, and Annie Pitts to the Grow Whidbey apprenticeship. Stay tuned for bios.
Good Cheer Garden is seeking one more apprentice, and South Whidbey Tilth is also seeking for an apprentice. See info here.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
The South Whidbey School District, Good Cheer Food Bank, and the Whidbey Institute are partners in the Community Gardening Leadership Training that combines learning practical growing skills in small-scale food production together with developing the leadership skills needed to initiate and manage community gardening programs.
This training is for motivated individuals who wish to gain skills for future leadership positions in the field of sustainable community gardening. In this program, community gardening primarily refers to food bank gardens, school gardens and other non-profit gardens that rely on volunteers, and community outreach and support to grow food.
Local non-profits, the School District, community volunteers and supporters, and a growing population of young farmers are collaboratively shaping a community-driven food system that addresses issues of health, education and food access on our rural island. For the past five years, interns have had the opportunity to work within this network and explore their interests in community food systems and food production, as well as to help strengthen it with their energy and ideas. With the skills cultivated in this program, many interns have moved into jobs in education, agriculture, and community gardening.
Interns will be selected to focus on and learn one garden system well, but will also gain a broad set of skills and experiences by working together in the other gardens. It is the goal of the program to help interns develop the skill sets, knowledge and self-confidence so that they confidently move into leadership roles in a selected garden.
The interns will assist the garden coordinators in all aspects of garden production, and develop leadership skills in project management, volunteer coordination, community outreach, curriculum development and teaching. There will be regular classes and readings on practical growing skills and seasonally specific garden activities. Field trips to other community gardens/farms/non-profits will also be an important part of the training.
Interns start in March and continue through October. Shorter terms may be possible, but preference is given to those who can commit to the full season.
We are the first non-profit farm program to participate in the Washington State Farm Internship Project, which enables us to pay a stipend and offer workmen’s compensation. In our program, interns are “apprentices” in the traditional sense of the word, where apprentices work alongside experienced gardeners and move into leadership roles as the season progresses.
Gardens in the program:
Good Cheer Garden
Whidbey Institute Westgarden
The Westgarden of the Whidbey Institute is a .4-acre garden that provides produce to the Food Bank and Whidbey Institute programs and is the outdoor classroom for Learning from the Land service learning programs. While this garden grows a diversity of vegetables, its scope is much wider. Its forest location, medicinal herbs and dye flowers make this garden a healing space as well. It offers volunteer opportunities for those in programs at the Whidbey Institute, as well as garden-based curriculum for the local Waldorf School.
South Whidbey School District Farm and Gardens
The South Whidbey School District Farm and Gardens grow for the school lunches, and will be providing garden-based curriculum to grades K-12. The gardens also grow produce for the Good Cheer Food Bank and Whidbey Island Nourishes. South Whidbey is the first school district in the nation to deliver produce on a regular basis to a Chartwells-managed food service.
To apply, please send application to
Below is a graphic of the interconnections in this community-based program. For the pdf, click HERE.