Op-Ed

Garden feeds Ferndale families

Tool shed at Ferndale’s Friendship Community Garden in 2010.
Tool shed at Ferndale’s Friendship Community Garden in 2010. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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 rainglo@comcast.net 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 rainglo@comcast.net, 360-223-3836.

For more information, go online to ferndalecsc.org/resource-center.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

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.

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