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Community Garden: a piece of common land cultivated by a group of people growing produce, herbs, and ornamental plants either in their own allotments (plots) or in a single shared garden.

It is hard to believe we are starting our 7th year at the 29th Street garden. 2014 was a very productive year, we had over 370 volunteer hours; we donated 570 lbs. of produce to our local food banks, and each garden plot had a bumper crop. This year we started an herb garden at the 29th street garden which included rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc. We also had some flowers growing with the herbs to promote pollination.

The Mount Erie school garden will have a slight design change to include a seating area for the students to write in the logs. We are transform the plot to the east of the shed that is shaded in the afternoon, into a study area. This garden has been an ideal school garden thanks to the support of staff and the PTA. Each year the students are learning something different as they continue from grade to grade. If you would like to help them build their study area, please press the donate button; your help is very much appreciated.

Upcoming events:

Seed Exchange - March 21 - Anacortes Senior Center - 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes, WA 98221

This year we will be holding a seed exchange on March 21st from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, at the Anacortes Senior Center 1701 22nd Street, Anacortes, WA 98221. Our focus this year will be Non GMO, Organic and Heirloom seeds. We will also have education information on Pollination along with alternatives to pesticides.

4% Friday at the Mt. Vernon Co-op – April 24 – Please shop at the Co-op this day. The 4% proceeds will support the seed exchange, gleaning and alternative to pesticides programs.

The Art of Gardening Event – April 25 & 26 at the Depot in Anacortes – We will be selling card sets and starts. Proceeds from the sales will go toward Mt. Erie Elementary School Garden.

2015 Master Composter Recycler Volunteer Training March 5th – April 23rd. Classes are on Thursday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00PM at the Skagit County Continental Building in Mt. Vernon. You can apply on line at www.skagitcounty.net/recycle the application Deadline is February 27th. For more information please contact Callie Martin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can call her at 360-424-7817 Ext. 208.

The training will cover foundational principals of soil building, different home composting techniques, organic gardening methods, dos and don’ts of recycling, hazardous waste reduction and disposal and tips for living a zero waste lifestyle.

Today’s resurgence of interest in community gardening harkens back to the Victory Gardens of the early 20th century. Community gardens are part of a growing movement to improve our health and environment, build community resilience, and foster self-sufficiency in light of today’s economic, environmental, and personal wellness challenges.  Community gardens cultivate more than healthy fresh food and lovely flowers; they also grow friendships, food security, health and well-being, and revitalize our neighbourhoods.

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Anacortes Community Gardens is a partnership between the City of Anacortes Parks & Recreation Department and Transition Fidalgo & Friends (Skagit Beat the Heat), a 501c3 non-profit promoting local sustainability. We provide local residents of Fidalgo Island the opportunity to grow their own fresh, nutritious food and share the harvest with our local food banks. Our first garden, the 29th Street Garden, opened in Spring 2009. Our goal is to sponsor several gardens sprinkled among the neighbourhoods of Anacortes that offer public space where gardeners have access to land, water, sunshine, and fresh air to cultivate food, friendships, and community.

Our advice:  get your hands dirty with reckless abandon, breathe in the fresh scent of soil and flowers, and soak up the sunshine along with some joy and peace of mind.

Anacortes Community Gardens is a joint project with the City of Anacortes and Transition Fidalgo & Friends.

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