We’re hiring! Come apprentice with us in 2017.

It’s already that time of year again where we start planning for next year, update our job descriptions, and put the word out to find our next crew of apprentices! If you are interested in becoming an apprentice with us in 2017 please read more about the program here.

Our program, now called Grow Whidbey, has shifted a bit (which you can read more about here) and we’re excited to create a more focused collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program. There will be three apprentice positions in 2017 split between the two programs. We are seeking a Good Cheer Apprentice who will focus on food production and farm cultivation in the food banks’ two gardens and new acre farm, and a School Farm/Garden Curriculum Apprentice who will work with teaching staff at the school farm to bring garden-based education to elementary and middle school students. The third position is the School Farm/Garden Production Apprentice which has already been filled for the season.

Please explore out website to learn more about our program and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have!


Grow Whidbey: A new iteration of CGLT

This year, some exciting change is afoot! The Community Gardening Leadership Training is becoming Grow Whidbey: A collaborative apprenticeship program in community food production and garden-based education. The Whidbey Institute’s Westgarden is moving in a different direction and will no longer be part of the program, but the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program and the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden are joining forces in a more focused collaboration. We are incredibly grateful for the Whidbey Institute having held the program over the years and all the support they’ve given along the way.

It makes sense to us to solidify the partnership between the food bank and school garden programs because: 1) They both focus on bringing freshly grown produce into institutions that do not normally provide healthy food options, and 2) The Big ACRE (Abundant Community Resources for Everyone) has been created which is a new farm located on school district land that now grows produce for both the Good Cheer Food Bank and the South Whidbey School Cafeterias.

Grow Whidbey will still have apprentices and they’ll be working in the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden, the new Big ACRE farm, and in the School Farm and Garden Program. Our new goal is to give motivated individuals the skills and knowledge they need to become growers and teachers in the field of sustainable community agriculture.

We’re quite excited about the new iteration of this strong and established program and we look forward to welcoming a new batch of apprentices next spring! Please explore our website to learn more!

Welcome to our new crew of apprentices!

We are thrilled to welcome our four new apprentices to the Community Gardening Leadership Training program this year! They’ve come to our island from all over the country and from varying backgrounds in activism, farming, and teaching. We are excited for what will unfold as we spend the next eight months together learning, gardening, and teaching!

--2016From left to right: Stoni Tomson, Good Cheer Garden apprentice. Devin Mounts, halftime Good Cheer Garden apprentice and halftime South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden apprentice. Liza Elman, South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden apprentice. Anna Strick, Whidbey Institute Westgarden Apprentice.

Stay tuned for their personal bios and more stories from the program!


Bayview Farmer’s Market Supports CGLT!

IMG_1649The Community Gardening Leadership Training (CGLT) is truly a community project. Three community organizations partner to make the apprenticeship run each year, our gardens are fueled by volunteers, generous community members house our apprentices each year, and now our local Farmers Market has made a generous donation to our program! The web of connections and support is so wonderful here on Whidbey Island.

For the past few years, the Bayview Farmers Market has taken any additional funds they have at the end of the year and given it back to the community. This year they have chosen CGLT as one of the lucky recipients! The image to the left shows Shirlee Read, the Bayview Farmer’s Market Board President, and Loren Imes, Board Treasure, handing over a $500 check to CGLT Coordinator Abigail Lazarowski.

Thank you Bayview Farmer’s Market for your generous donation and for all that you do for our community!

Now Hiring Apprentices for the 2016 Growing Season!

We are so excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2016 season of the Community Gardening Leadership Training! Click here to learn all about our program!

We are seeking four new apprentices to join our community food system on Whidbey Island next March. One apprentice will be centered at the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden and will help to grow many thousand pounds of food for underserved populations, manage their own satellite garden, lead large and diverse work parties and service learning groups, and help develop a new acre farm, another will be at the Whidbey Institute Westgarden and will engage in a diverse growing space and learn about garden leadership, and two others will be placed with the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program where they will have the opportunity to grow food for the cafeterias and teach garden-based curriculum to over 600 students.

It is a very exciting time for our program; next year there is the possibility of expanding one of our growing sites considerably and incorporating more classes into the School Garden system. Please read more and consider applying!

CGLT Program Description 2016
CGLT Program Application 2016

For any questions contact:
Abigail Lazarowski, cultivatingcommunitywhidbey@gmail.com