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10th Anniversary Celebration

posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:11 AM by MCG Admin   [ updated Aug 22, 2019, 8:33 PM ]

On Saturday August 24th, the Mukilteo Community Garden will be having their 10th Anniversary Celebration from 10am - 3pm in the garden.  From 12-1 pm you can meet one of the founders, Lois Brown, and hear her talk about the early days at the garden.  There will also be a special cake cutting celebration at this time.

Pictures will be on display of the garden from the early days until now and hear about what is in store for the next 10 years! 

Come join the fun.  Everyone is welcome, bring family and friends. 

‘It soothes the soul’

posted Aug 22, 2019, 8:00 AM by MCG Admin

Check out the lovely article by Paul Archipley in the August 21 Beacon about the Garden. You can find the article on-line @ Mukilteo Beacon - It Sooths the Soul

    
(Photo by: Brandon Gustafson)

Anyone who loves gardening will tell you it’s as close to communing with God as one can get. And if your garden is producing not just flowers but food, too? Nirvana.

In years past, Seattle exiles who escaped from the hustle and bustle of city life for the quiet respite that is Mukilteo longed for some things that were missing from their previous lives.

Among them were Seattle’s P-Patch community garden program. Former City Administrator Joe Hannon said he received calls all the time from people who missed their P-Patch.

Thus, a seed was planted, the idea grew and, in 2009, a group of volunteers and City officials teamed up to open the Mukilteo Community Garden.

This year, marking the garden’s 10th anniversary, gardeners past and present will gather to celebrate. The community is invited to an open house from 10-3 Saturday, Aug. 24. Cake will be cut and served between 12 and 1. The garden is at the top of Japanese Gulch. The entrance is where 44th Avenue West meets 76th Street Southwest.

Among those who will be celebrating is current board president Gloria Flatterich. She learned about the Mukilteo Community Garden from a mentor with the Master Gardener program.

“I got strong-armed,” she laughed. “I had lost my job, and that takes its toll. I learned about the Mukilteo Community Garden, rented a bed, and I was hooked.

“You’ve heard about how gardening helps people with depression? It’s true! I had found my ‘tribe.’ We clicked. I guess it’s because we have common ground between us – or common soil.”

Today, there are 48 beds for rent, ranging in price from $50 to $120, depending on bed size, plus some required “sweat equity.” Fees help cover a variety of expenses, including water, electricity, insurance, maintenance, compost and seeds.

The Mukilteo Community Garden is considered one of the Cadillacs of the community garden world.

That’s one of the reasons long-time gardener Ann Ramos has been renting her bed since the beginning.

A master gardener herself, Ramos heard about efforts to start a garden, and began attending planning meetings.

“It was very well organized,” she recalled. “And there was such enthusiasm. In fact, that’s still the case. It’s quite extraordinary.”

The groundbreaking was just east of a building that was originally a mortuary, later the police department, and just west of the site of a one-time cemetery.

“That led to a joke or two,” Ramos said. “Mr. Hannon said if you don’t dig deeper than 6 feet, you’ll be OK.” (For the record, all bodies had long since been relocated to an Everett cemetery.)

For Ramos and many of the other members, the garden created an opportunity to grow their own food, learn from each other, and join a community of like-minded gardeners.

That’s why Bob Dickensheets and Mary Ollenburg joined, too.

“We were new in town,” Ollenburg said. “Thanks to the Beacon, we heard about the meetings at City Hall and thought it would be interesting.”

Armed with shovels, hoes and other tools, they joined other volunteers at the garden site to begin preparing the land.

“It was all weeds and blackberries,” Dickensheets said. “I took a shovel, shoved it in, and it went ‘clank!’ A contractor helping us said it was all glacial fill, all rocks. We realized we’d have to build raised beds.”

A lot of sweat, effort and aches later, the first beds were ready for planting – late for the first season, but they were on their way.

Long-time members offer similar responses when asked why they garden.

“It’s good therapy,” Ollenburg said.

“It’s an outlet. And the camaraderie is fun,” Dickensheets said.

Master gardeners Lois Brown and Lynette Gardiner, who were instrumental in launching the community garden, agree.

“It soothes the soul,” Gardiner said. “You’re digging in the dirt, taking time to slow down and be quiet. It’s very meditative.”

All of the gardeners are quick to praise each other and the greater community for making the project bloom.

Besides the city itself, a range of individuals, groups, business owners and others have stepped up. The Kiwanis Club helps every year. Boeing employees, too. And Scouts. Master gardeners, of course. There are too many to list here.

“We were being gifted all the time,” Brown said. “It’s the only community garden I know of that’s had this kind of response.”

In turn, gardeners have been generous with their bounty, regularly providing fresh produce to the Mukilteo and Lynnwood food banks. They regularly offer workshops, including classes specifically for kids.

Of course, their needs never go away, either. The wood frames for the raised beds are deteriorating. Greenhouses and fencing need regular maintenance. The list goes on.

Find out for yourself. Visit the Mukilteo Community Garden this Saturday. Who knows, a seed might be planted and germinate in your soul.

"Benchie"

posted Jun 10, 2019, 5:05 PM by MCG Admin

 

 The Royal Garden Bench, the Mukilteo Community Garden's long time mascot, made a glorious comeback to the garden.  The bench, nicknamed "Benchie", was lovingly restored by one of our volunteers and head restoration guy, Bruce Rhynard.  Benchie has plenty of stories to share, just ask Bruce! 

Thank-you Boeing Volunteers

posted Jun 10, 2019, 4:36 PM by MCG Admin

 
 

On Wednesday, June 5th, approximately 7 Boeing volunteers spent 2 hours working in the garden.  The group did a great job!  They weeded the front flower beds, set up the rock border, laid fresh soil, laid lots of wood chips, and cleaned out the aluminum greenhouse!  Also, thanks to Lorie for stopping by with fruit and muffins.


               


Do You Ever Wonder Whether It Is Worth It?

posted Jun 10, 2019, 4:11 PM by MCG Admin

 Note From Ann Ramos...   

    Do you ever wonder whether it is worth it?  When I took our small offering to the Lynnwood Food Bank,  Director Alissa recognized MCG donations immediately, and the volunteer who stopped me briefly in the parking lot was effusive:  "Thank You so much for the beautiful produce…You know, I work at the distribution table outside, and it is such a pleasure to announce “fresh picked” to the clients as they come to collect their food choices…”   
    I saw stacks of canned soup, bakery goods, all sorts of dry goods which the local grocery stores had donated….but fresh produce is a rarity.  So, if you have more in your rental beds than you can use, please don’t let it go to waste….donate it — there are a lot of people out there who will be very grateful.  Write a note to us — we harvest on Wednesday and Saturday as needed.  But remember we do not have a working refrigerator just now, so it will have to be transported the same day as picked (or stored for a short time in the refrigerator of one of you Good Samaritans at home).

"Got Mulch"

posted Jun 10, 2019, 12:05 PM by MCG Admin

 
 
 Thank-you to Lorie Rhynard, Jeanne Crisp and Geoff Higgs (not pictured) for loading and unloading several truckloads of Pacific Garden Mulch that was generously donated by Lydia Stout (a Snohomish County Master Gardener.)

Thank-you Kiwanis & Key Club Members for Volunteering in the Garden for Earth Day

posted Apr 28, 2019, 8:23 PM by MCG Admin   [ updated Apr 28, 2019, 8:25 PM ]


Thank-you to all the members of Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo and the Kamiak and Mariner high school students who are members of their schools’ Key Clubs for volunteering in the Garden on Saturday, April 20, in honor of Earth Day.
The volunteers helped seed vegetables and transplanted starts in the giving garden beds.  The volunteers also helped with weeding, mulching, moving straw bales, and more.  Also, thanks to Tony McNulty, the owner of Papa Murphy’s on Mukilteo Speedway for treating the workers to free pizza.
See the complete story in the Mukilteo Beacon @https://mukilteobeacon.villagesoup.com.

Join the MCG Watering Team

posted Apr 3, 2019, 2:45 PM by MCG Admin

    As hard as it is to believe with the record setting snow in February, we will soon need to hose and can water during the growing season to supplement our drip irrigation system.  In addition, we have started seeds in the greenhouse for some of the transplants that will go into the Giving Garden beds.

    We are putting together a “Watering Team”.  We need at least two people for each day of the week, which provides flexibility for shared duty and coverage during vacations.

    Duties include watering the plants and seedlings in the two Greenhouses, outdoor pots of edibles such as the potato tower on the east fence, and the newly seeded areas of the Giving Gardens.  And when the weather heats up, even with a drip irrigation it is sometimes necessary to give the Beds an extra drink. 

    If you would like to join the "Watering Team", email admin@mukilteogarden.org with the day(s) of the week you prefer. If you have a fellow gardener or a friend in mind you want to partner with, let us know that as well. Being a current renter at the Garden is not a requirement!

    The team coordinator, Ann Ramos, will set up an orientation session or two at the Garden for those interested.

    Thanks,

The Brassica's Are Sprouting Up In the Garden

posted Apr 3, 2019, 2:31 PM by MCG Admin

 A seeding work party was held on Saturday, March 9th and the Brassica's are beginning to sprout up!  On Saturday, March 30th a large group of gardeners "woke up" the garden.  The burlap bags and bricks were removed, compost was mixed in to the soil, stepping stones were put in place, trellises were prepped, and the herb garden was cleaned up.

Beautiful Gift From the Garden & Quilt Tour Crew

posted Mar 6, 2019, 7:56 PM by MCG Admin

 
 Thank-you to the Mukilteo Way Garden Club and the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters for donating to the garden a beautiful "Eat Fresh" sign.  Judy Scorgie hand painted the sign which will be displayed with pride in the garden!

Thank-you again for the beautiful gift!
 

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