SEED TO SERVE 2017

Once again the Whidbey Homeless Coalition is proud to announce another generous donation from the Tulalip Tribe.  Again this year, like last, we will be able to create a garden at the House of Hope for our families to learn the art of growing fresh, organic produce from the seed to the table.  We will also use faithful volunteers to work in our Freeland garden to provide fresh produce to residents of Brookhaven.  Thanks to Marilyn Sheldon for hand delivering our bounty! 

Below find pictures from our Seed to Serve garden behind the House of Hope this year.  We have added a bed, built by Sam Rowley. (thanks Sam!)  Sam brought the dirt and fellow gardner Topsana who helped the families get started.

Our guest Tanya and her children harvested lettuce from the garden today at House of Hope and barbecued and fed the guests a beautiful green salad from their own garden.  

The images below are of our large Seed to Serve garden at Old Beach Farm in Freeland.   Below are pictured broccoli, potatoes and beets.   We also have ,peas, peppers, onions, lettuce, spinach, brussel sprouts, basil, caulifower, tomatoes, beans, and cucumbers growing!!  

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SEED TO SERVE!! Here is Hailey again this year watering the 1/4 quarter acre Seed to Serve garden we hold at Old Beach Farm in Freeland. She is the most patient and conscious 4 year old!! And also pictured is our 3 bed garden at the House of Hope which is coming along so well! Thanks to all our guests for being diligent in the upkeep, you guys rock.

August

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Our produce at the Old Beach Road Farm is coming on in leaps and bounds. Here we have tomatoes, brussle sprouts and onions just about ready to harvest.  We have already delivered fresh, organic produce to 32 families the last two months of harvest, many of whom were former guests.  We are incredibly grateful for the use of this beautiful farm, and the generosity of the Tulalip Tribe for funding our work this year and last.

 

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Seed to Serve 2016

Blessings and thanks to the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Organization that made the Seed to Serve project possible.  Thanks to Old Beach Farm for providing the space and expertise to assist us in our work to feed our neighbors fresh, organic produce and to teach our guests at the House of Hope new skills to provide healthy living habits.

Growing season has been busy here on South Whidbey for the staff and volunteers of the Seed to Serve project.  Our goal was to provide fresh, organic produce to our neighbors and guests at the Whidbey Homeless Coalition’s House of Hope, as well as introduce folks to opportunities to learn about organic gardening.  We stayed busy working in our garden and all the tasks that accompany managing an acre and a half organic garden.  Our Garden Manager, Seth, was there each week to direct the volunteers and to accomplish the majority of all the physical tasks surrounding managing a garden this size.  Susie, Old Beach Farm Road Manager kept us all on task!

 Once our crops began to produce, Judy, from the House of Hope, would gather her volunteers and begin the process of harvesting and offering bags of produce to our friends and neighbors.

 We hand delivered bags of mixed produce each week to residents of both of the low income housing developments in Langley, where the House of Hope is located.  The House of Hope is owned and managed by the Whidbey Homeless Coalition and houses families with children and vulnerable adults for a 90-day period.

 As food costs go up around our nation we were so incredibly blessed to be able to provide our neighbors with low cost or free organic produce, brought to their doorsteps.  Seed to Serve was a bridge to building good community relations with our neighbors as well.   We also had the opportunity to model and teach new skills to our neighbors and the children that were guests at the House of Hope.

 During our months of harvest we hand delivered approximately 250 bags of produce to our friends and neighbors.  Along with the produce we also gave classes in Canning and preserving and put up 152 pints of salsa, pickles both dill and sweet, along with tomato sauce.  It was a pleasure to watch women learn new skills and be excited to teach their own children. 

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Busy hands learning new skills!!

Busy hands learning new skills!!

Pumpkins on the way at our Seed to Serve garden!

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Mmmm, from grapes to juice to jelly!!

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Ms Patti our on the ground volunteer at Brookhaven cooking up a batch of bread and butter pickles from our garden.

Ms Patti our on the ground volunteer at Brookhaven cooking up a batch of bread and butter pickles from our garden.

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Another of our wonderful neighbors at Brookhaven enjoying his basket of produce.

Ready to bag up and distribute!

Ready to bag up and distribute!

One of our first customers this year at our Seed to Serve stand in Langley.  Malik and Lamiah are guarding the store!!  We are open on Thursdays at 3, come on over.

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Hailey aka Supergirl is one of our youngest volunteers.   Hailey has more patience than anyone when she waters the plants.  Thanks Hailey for your help!!

Malik and Lameia are the caregivers of our Junior Seed to Serve garden at the House of Hope.

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Our garden at Old Beach Farm Road....This is our Three sisters bed, beans, corn and squash.

Garlic ready to pull and hang!!

Garlic ready to pull and hang!!

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Faithful volunteers Cliff and Dan building our produce stand for our larger Seed to Serve produce to be distributed from.  

Faithful volunteers Cliff and Dan building our produce stand for our larger Seed to Serve produce to be distributed from.  

Malik and  Lameia have finished planting our Seed to Serve Junior garden here at the House of Hope.  They water every day and are currently waiting for the carrots to pop up.  We will soon be adding pictures of our beautiful acre and a half organic Garden in Freeland that will serve our neighbors and friends of limited income with fresh and beautiiful organic produce.  Thanks to all who are making this dream a reality, with a special thank you to the Tulalip Tribe for the funding and the faith!

Malik and  Lameia have finished planting our Seed to Serve Junior garden here at the House of Hope.  They water every day and are currently waiting for the carrots to pop up.  We will soon be adding pictures of our beautiful acre and a half organic Garden in Freeland that will serve our neighbors and friends of limited income with fresh and beautiiful organic produce.  Thanks to all who are making this dream a reality, with a special thank you to the Tulalip Tribe for the funding and the faith!

This is Patti,  awesome volunteer from Brookhaven, planting cukes and tomatoes in our 'lower world' organic garden in Freeland, Old Beach Road Farm.  Farm Pup Izzy is 'helping' her!   We could not do this without the help and support of all our volunteers!

This is Patti,  awesome volunteer from Brookhaven, planting cukes and tomatoes in our 'lower world' organic garden in Freeland, Old Beach Road Farm.  Farm Pup Izzy is 'helping' her!   We could not do this without the help and support of all our volunteers!

We asked Leo and Ms Helen to give our produce a try and they were very happy to do so!

We asked Leo and Ms Helen to give our produce a try and they were very happy to do so!

Today, on May 28th, we picked up several hundred red worms that will go in our worm bin and provide us with wonderful soil for our gardens.  Lameeia  was so gentle with the worms!  Thanks to Teresa and BUGABAY for our worms and lessons in how to compost.

Today, on May 28th, we picked up several hundred red worms that will go in our worm bin and provide us with wonderful soil for our gardens.  Lameeia  was so gentle with the worms!  Thanks to Teresa and BUGABAY for our worms and lessons in how to compost.

A lovely example of our baskets we are passing onto our neighbors and friends at Brookhaven and Saratoga.  Healthy organic vegetables, what could be nicer.  Thank you Tulapip Tribes for giving us the opportunity to gift our neighbors and friends.

A lovely example of our baskets we are passing onto our neighbors and friends at Brookhaven and Saratoga.  Healthy organic vegetables, what could be nicer.  Thank you Tulapip Tribes for giving us the opportunity to gift our neighbors and friends.

This is our 'upper world', or a portion of it!  We have three separate garden plots here at Old Beach Road Farm and are so looking forward to the days ahead as we bring totally affordable, or free organic produce to our limited income friends and neighbors here at Brookhaven, Saratoga Housing, and the House of Hope of course.

This is our 'upper world', or a portion of it!  We have three separate garden plots here at Old Beach Road Farm and are so looking forward to the days ahead as we bring totally affordable, or free organic produce to our limited income friends and neighbors here at Brookhaven, Saratoga Housing, and the House of Hope of course.

Ms. Patti getting set to deliver our first few bags of produce to our neighbors at Brookhaven.  Thanks for being our faithful partner at Brookhaven.