South Whidbey School Farms provides farm-based curriculum to over 1200 students grades K-12 at the Elementary School, South Whidbey Middle School, South Whidbey High School and South Whidbey Academy. The program grows produce for school lunches, events, culinary programs and local non-profits (Good Cheer Food Bank and Whidbey Island Nourishes). The students also love to eat the fresh-picked veggies as part of their classes. South Whidbey is the first school district in the nation to deliver produce on a regular basis to a Chartwells-managed food service. This program is coordinated by Cary Peterson. Visit the School Farm website HERE.
Our growing spaces include:
- The School Farm, started in 2013, is a 1/2 acre growing space provides garden-based curriculum while also growing produce for the cafeterias, non-profits and classes. Students come weekly or bi-weekly with their teachers to the farm, a short walk away. The lively, hands-on curriculum is integrated K-5 and engages the students in growing the food while learning, and eating.
- South Whidbey High School Garden, started in 2017 in front of the High School, and now used by the High School Ag class, 7th grade Science classes, as well as many other teachers and students.
- The Snack Garden was started in 2017 to grow snack veggies for culinary classes and students at the Elementary School and South Campus Middle School.
- Langley Middle School Garden, started in 2007, was expanded to 20 beds in 2015 and cultivated as part of 7th grade science classes. With the relocation of the Middle School to the High School and the South Campus, it is now used to grow produce for the cafeterias and events.
- The Big ACRE (Abundant Community Resources for Everyone) is an acre farm on school district property adjacent to the Good Cheer Food Bank. It is collaboratively managed to grow produce for the Food Bank and to deliver produce to Chartwells for the school cafeterias.
Apprentices participate in all aspects of the School Farm system, for more details see our job description.