Five Fun Things at the Farm the first week of June

Take a visit to the High School Farms and also see our daffodil leaves photosynthesizing, camas going to seed, new robin nests, and pumpkin trellises.


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Delicious bok choy dishes from the farm!

The  school lunches and culinary classes have been enjoying bok choy!

We had a great harvest from the Elementary School Farm that was used for a scratch-cooked school lunch of ginger bok choy, rice and chicken stir fry! Over 200 meals were delivered by bus or picked up as grab ‘n go. Yum!

Spectacular bok choy from the High School was the highlight of our online culinary class with the 5th and 6th grade garden science classes. The students learned how to make salad from bok choy, snap peas, brokali, turnips and scallions from the garden with a toasted sesame, soy sauce and rice vinegar dressing. Yum!

Here is Farmer Kylie’s video for the students how to make it!

Try this at home – it’s delicious!

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Fun things the last week of May and more pea picking tips!

We have a YouTube channel

for our student farmers at home!

Click HERE to see the videos.

If you have questions or requests for videos
for Farmer Cary, Mr. LaVassar or Kylie’s Cooking Class,



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Singing at the farm, and the teepees are all up!

We love to sing at the farm! We have been missing the songs with the students, so we invited Anne Petersen to share them with us. Sing these with your younger children in the garden! Anne is a past K-2 farm educator and the founder of Full Moon Rising camps.

Stay tuned for more songs and stories to come!

View from the top of the cucumber teepee. Here are more farm updates…

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Here are the five fun things this week – all kinds of babies, slugs, brokali and the teepees!

Next week we’ll have lettuce starts to share!

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Bean tipis are up and more veggies starts this week!

The first of the scarlet runner bean tipis has been put up!

Here is the starts list for this week  – scarlet runner bean seeds, tomatoes, lettuce, and more! Grow your own magic bean tipi!


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Check out the latest tips and news
for our student farmers at home on our YouTube channel
pruning indeterminate tomatoes, harvesting bok choy,
and this week’s installment of the Five Fun Things at the Farm!

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New growth and babies, and time for tomatoes!

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Lots of new babies and new growth at the school farm this first week of May! The slideshow above will give you some snapshots, and our YouTube video HERE shares the fun things at the farm this past week.

One of them is the tomato starts we have ready to share with our student school farmers and their families.

The tomato order form for pickup on May 12 and 13 is HERE.

You can also order kale, lettuce, parsley and anise hyssop (licorice plant) starts HERE.

Don’t forget to watch the video about planting your tomatoes up to their armpits HERE!

Enjoy! If you like our YouTube channel for the school farmers and their families, please subscribe!

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It’s GIVE BIG time when people all over the nation are contributing to the organizations they support who are doing great work in their communities!

Readiness to Learn is one of those non-profits, working in partnership with the School District, community and families. Their goal is to help each child reach their potential regardless of their circumstances. Readiness to Learn also helps the School Farms with AmeriCorps service members, the culinary program, and essential farm support services!

If you are giving on GIVE BIG,
please consider a donation to Readiness to Learn HERE,
and the School Farms program HERE.
Thank you!
You are really helping to make a positive difference in our community!


Posted in Americorps, Culinary, Funding support, Fundraisers, Readiness to Learn

Happy May!

It’s time for some flowers in our offering of veggie starts! Happy first week of May from the school farm! This week, for all our school farmers at home, we have forget-me-not starts for Mother’s Day, in addition to kale, lettuce, bok choy, sour sorrel starts and potatoes.

HERE is the veggie starts order form
for pickup on 5/6 and 5/7.

Cultivating Kids is a short film about the School Farms made in 2015 – 2016 by local filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin.

It’s a great look at the farm in our very early years, and shares the vision which has been carried through, and the people and organizations who helped make it happen (thank you Goosefoot!).

Viewing the video is free for the next couple weeks thanks to the Friday Harbor Film Festival who is featuring other films in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.


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AmeriCorps service positions for the South Whidbey School District

For the 2020-2021 school year, the South Whidbey School District, in partnership with the South Whidbey School Farms Program and Whidbey Island Nourishes, is seeking to build a 3 person team of AmeriCorps members, who will serve to help enrich the school district’s robust farm program and connect it to health and nutrition education.

Our School Farm CAFE (Culinary Arts and Farm Education) program is seeking 2 AmeriCorps Food and Farm Educators who are enthusiastic, energetic and capable individuals with experience growing food, and who love working with kids, teaching, and cooking. (For applicants interested in the Nutrition Program Educator position with Whidbey Island Nourishes click here.) Continue reading

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New life at the farm!

Full on spring and so much new growth! It’s always a thrill to see the first shoots come up of what has been planted by seed or tuber, and the creatures at the farm in spring.

Enjoy this slide show with comments and questions!

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What new growth are you discovering this spring?

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