What is Community Gardening Leadership Training?

Posted in Community News

October 19, 2016

Members and guests of South Whidbey Tilth will gather on Saturday, Jan. 23 for Tilth’s annual membership meeting  and to hear Abigail Lazarowski and Cary Peterson describe the successful program they have developed for young people.

The program gives motivated individuals the skills and experience needed to lead community farms and gardens. The training nourishes a vital local food system by providing fresh produce, volunteer opportunities, and education to the community through the food bank, school district and nonprofit growing programs. It involves teaching and empowering the next generation of food leaders, and growing food as a community for the common good. The women are currently interviewing to hire four apprentices this season.

South Whidbey Tilth is hiring an intern this season to support its own food-growing community and the farmers’ market operation. The intern will also engage with the apprentices Cary and Abigail are mentoring at the Good Cheer Food Bank Garden, the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden and the Whidbey Institute’s Westgarden.

The public is welcome to attend this free presentation at 4 p.m. in the annex to Trinity Lutheran Church in Grigeware Hall, 18341 State Route 525 in Freeland. A business meeting follows to elect a new slate or officers and share last year’s highlights and 2016 plans. A new president and three council members will be elected. For further information, email the president at president@southwhidbeytilty.org, call 360-682-8642 or visit www.southwidbeytilth.org.

The photo was provided by Abigail Lazarowski. Cary Peterson is third from the left and Abigail Lazarowski is on the far right.

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