An important message from the Board of the Mukilteo Community Garden

The Board has decided the Mukilteo Community Garden(MCG) will remain open for business. A conversation with a Food Bank representative confirms – they are looking forward to our produce, and they continue to need it more than ever. And we believe the Garden will be an important place for you to have serenity and a safe place to get outside and get some fresh air. But we are primarily concerned for personal safety. If you are comfortable being in the Garden, we want you to continue using it and to help us continue to raise crops for the Food Banks.

Protecting yourself, your family and your fellow gardeners

Be responsible for your own safety as well as the safety of others. We remind all of you that some members of our gardening community are more vulnerable to the virus. We are lucky to have such a beautiful space to spend outdoor time, and it's important that all gardeners feel safe in the Garden.

Please wear a mask when you are in the Garden. If you're the only one present, wear it at your own discretion. But when others are around, wear it for their peace of mind if not for your own.

If possible, bring your own tools. However, if you absolutely need to use a tool from the shed, clean it when you are done and use your sanitizing wipes to thoroughly wipe down the handle of the tool before and after you use it.

Learn more about protecting your family here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/cleaning-disinfection.html

Remember, wearing a cloth face covering is an act of compassion. We cover our faces to protect others.

Meeting our mandate to feed the community

The food bank has informed us that the needs of their clients is going to be greater than ever and our giving bed produce is going to play a vital role in people’s lives.

Your 10-hour commitment to work in 2021 supporting the giving beds and common area will be critical, but we are giving you the flexibility you need to fulfill your commitment. Formal work parties will need to be kept small. Therefore, gardeners can work whenever it is safe and convenient for you, both on your own beds and on the Food Bank beds.

The important tasks for volunteers will be shared in a weekly: They will be

  • Posted here on the MCG web site

  • Emailed to all bed renters/volunteers with the subject line “MCG Tasks week of XXX”

  • Posted at the garden

(This will also be a helpful guide to what you could be doing with your own crops.)

Getting the most out of your garden bed and experience

MCG Board members will be available for consultation, either via phone or in person. If you’ve got a question about your own crops, or you don’t feel confident to work on a task for the Food Bank beds without some guidance, get in touch with us at the email or phone number below. We’ll get back to you and arrange to provide help as it works best for you.

Staying connected because We are a Community

One of the benefits of gardening at MCG is the ability to socialize with and learn from fellow bed renters. Since we cannot do that for now, remember that MCG is also online. We’ve got Facebook and Instagram accounts which would be a great way to communicate with other gardeners. Please use those for now, until we can all once again meet and mingle in the Garden.

Many thanks for your understanding and help!

The Mukilteo Community Garden Board

To reach us about any of the points above or with any other thoughts, email Jeanne Crisp, Board Vice-President, at p-patch@mukilteogarden.org.