Ferndale Friendship Community Garden was established in 2008 and had about 50 volunteers in 2015.
Purpose: A primary goal of the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden is to provide low-cost garden plots to families to enhance their ability to provide themselves with fresh, organically grown produce. Because this is a community garden, Ferndale Friendship Community Garden is composed of a diverse group of individuals and families, who share ideas, help each other and work cooperatively to make the garden successful.
Volunteer highlights: The garden uses organic garden methods and gardening advice from a Whatcom County Master Gardener is available. There are many veteran gardeners who are happy to share their knowledge. Plot fees are on a sliding scale, $10 to $20, a $10 refundable cleaning fee and gardeners must put in 15 hours of volunteer work at the garden during the season.
Signature fundraiser: As a commitment to the community the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden and the gardeners maintain a Giving Garden. All produce grown in the Giving Garden is donated to the Ferndale Food Bank
Wish list: Design and build a paved patio area at the garden’s entrance. Contact: Gloria J. Perez firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-223-3836
Current volunteer needs: Coordinator/manager for the garden: manage month to month garden operations. Giving Garden manager: plan the planting and harvesting for crops in five beds for the Ferndale Food Bank. Contact for both positions: Gloria J. Perez email@example.com, 360-223-3836.
For more information, go online to ferndalecsc.org/resource-center.
April was National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.