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.
Pumpkins on the way at our Seed to Serve garden!
Mmmm, from grapes to juice to jelly!!
Another of our wonderful neighbors at Brookhaven enjoying his basket of produce.
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.
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.
Our garden at Old Beach Farm Road....This is our Three sisters bed, beans, corn and squash.
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.