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KINGSTON FARM AND GARDEN CO-OP

GIVING GARDEN

Kingston, WA, USA
DRIVING DIRECTIONS



Providing fresh, organically-managed, sustainably-grown produce to the ShareNet Food Bank since 2011.

MAY SCHEDULE
Every Saturday, 10 am to noon

Spring rush is upon us!
We need to get transplants and seeds in the ground!

and, of course, there's
weed, water, mulch, amend, plant, transplant, and repeat.


Link to pdf of 22 March presentation at Village Green

2018 DELIVERIES TO SHARENET

2017 was a very good year.
Things are getting underway for 2018...



...and, for the record...

YEAR
TOTAL PRODUCE
DELIVERED (lbs)
SPREADSHEETS AND MILESTONES
2017
2295.75
2017 production spreadsheet
We received generous donations of compost!
2016
2479.75
2016 production spreadsheet
We had sprouting racks for seed trays this year.
2015
1361.75
2015 production spreadsheet
2014
2325
2014 production spreadsheet
(We added a high tunnel and a large-crop area)
2013
1268.75
2013 production spreadsheet
2012
1384
2012 production spreadsheet
(we doubled the garden area from 2011)
2011
699
2011 production spreadsheet


THANK YOU

To Washington Youth Academy
For coming on 31 March 2018 and doing some major work clearing blackberries and Scotch broom,
building compost bins, repairing roads, turning beds, and clearing ground.
Cadets in formation
Getting serious with Scotch Broom
(R) Turning over cover crop
(L) Building compost bins
Leveling ground

(and thanks to local volunteer leaders Aline, Brenda, Frank, Isobel, and Kinley
and to Gabriel and Mathias for running the farm cart)


To University Congregational United Church of Christ Youth, and their director Margaret Swanson,
for building our new raised beds, and helping us put the Giving Garden to bed on 28 October 2017.
One-quarter of the workforce
assembled raised beds
Another quarter first cleared out
the site for the raised beds,
then painted linseed oil on the beds
The other half of the work force
were divided between
the Veggie Patch and the High Tunnel,
and were collecting materials,
pulling out foliage and agricultural plastic,
and generally putting the garden to bed.

(And thanks to the local volunteers who were team leaders - Aline, Frank, Isobel and Kinley
and to Katherine for her talk on ShareNet activities.)

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Thanks to the ShareNet Board for providing funding for raised bed materials
To Valley Nursery for a lovely seed selection, in preparation for 2018
To Viking Feed, who remembered that the food bank wants more leafy greens,
and provided organic seeds for 2018 accordingly
To Kingston Middle School Horticultural Club, for sharing their seeds
To Alene and Paul, for donating the extra fencing materials for enclosing the Big Patch (trying to slow down the rabbits!)
Thanks to Ardelle, Linda, Mary and Roger for ongoing supplies of horse / mule cleanings for composting
And to Cup & Muffin for all their coffee grounds!

And in 2017:

To Kingston Middle School Horticultural Club, for in excess of 100 seedlings
To Woodside Stables at Maple Ridge Farm for multiple cubic yards of barn cleanings,
which we've stacked up to compost for the 2020 gardening season
(If you want a truckload or ten, contact Lisa at 360-551-3726)
to Olympic Organics for 10 yards of slow-release compost (and we're really sorry about the stuck truck)
To Verns Organic Topsoil, for another 5 cubic yards of Garden Mix
to the ShareNet board for 2016 & 2017 monetary grants for replenishing our supplies and building raised beds.
to Central Market for providing an entire case of their sturdy plastic bags for harvest deliveries
to Valley Nursery and Viking Feed for providing a wonderful selection of seeds for the 2017 garden
(And to Valley, again, for beefing up our supply of seeding pots)
to Henery's Hardware for coming up with (and donating) a bunch of seed trays on short notice.



Planting the carrots in a raised bed
REALLY WORKS!


DELIVERIES OF FARM ANIMAL MANURE
STILL GLADLY ACCEPTED!
Leave a message for Kathy at 360-297-2649
or (better yet) text 360-809-3467.
We can provide a truck, if you have means to load at your end.
We can use horse, cow, goat, sheep,
llama, rabbit and poultry waste.
Any others, let's discuss.
Aline preps a late June harvest




GIRL SCOUT TROOP 40508 RETURNS IN MAY 2017

After planting the high tunnel in early May, they returned later to plant pole beans.

The irrigation lines
and plastic mulch go down...

The plants get spaced out...

and the plants go in!
A month later,
here's the high tunnel
(from the south)
That's "lasagna layering"
where the spring greens were
And here's the high tunnel
on July 4 2017
(from the north)
We're using cardboard
to keep weeds down

SPOT
RESERVED
for an August photo

VARMINTS ATTACK!!!!

Early Summer, 2016: We are experiencing the usual influx of varmints who seem to believe that
NOTHING is as tasty as young pea and bean sprouts!
Birds, bunnies and short-tailed rats all agree!
We are doing what we can to change their minds.

We have a scarecrow on duty, a raptor kite flying, a fake owl perching, marigolds and mint planted throughout,
punctured bags of camphor balls along the fenceline (and behind the compost bin),
Remay flopping in the breeze, an acoustic "thumper" going, and two rows encased in plastic fencing.
Lizzie the Border Collie cross has rousted out multiple short-tailed rats, and chased many rabbits.

We are going to surround other beds with branchy twigs, get more "thumpers",
acquire some soapy (non-toxic) spray, and get a large rubber snake.

Surely SOMETHING has to work...

Patti & Kathy encased one row of the
chewed-on peas with chick wire - after shooing off
the resident robin from his favorite salad bar!
They also switched the shade cloth over
the lettuce bed to some of the low tunnel supports.
Much more stable than the original tomato-cage improvisation!



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AND HERE ARE MORE HISTORIC ENTRIES!


THIS PROJECT CONTINUES TO BE OPEN TO NON-MEMBERS!

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HOOP HOUSES

Our low hoop houses allow greens production at a low rate throughout the winter.
The high tunnel is particularly good for tomatoes, melons and winter greens!

Here are some web sites with home-made hoop house plans:

WSU Greenhouse Resources for Small Scale Producers
WSU Crop Tunnels and Plastic Mulch
westsidegardener.com/howto/hoophouse.html
www.albertahomegardening.com/how-to-build-an-inexpensive-hoop-style-greenhouse
www.albertahomegardening.com/an-inexpensive-hail-proof-pvc-pipe-greenhouse
doorgarden.com/10/50-dollar-hoop-house-green-house
cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/em015/em015.pdf

FARM TO SCHOOL

Here is the WA State Farm to School web site: http://www.agr.wa.gov/marketing/farmtoschool/
Here is the WSDA Farm to School web site and tool kit: http://www.wafarmtoschool.org/


Here are food banks in North Kitsap:

DIRECTIONS TO THE KINGSTON FARM & GARDEN CO-OP GIVING GARDEN

(at Farrago Farm and Vineyard)

Wolfle School is a half-mile west of George's Corner on Highway 104 (see map below).
Highland Road runs up beside Wolfle School. Follow Highland to its end (1 mile). It comes to a "T" with Crawford Drive.
Turn right on Crawford. The Giving Garden will be the first driveway on the left.