Back in 2007, Andrea Tranor’s vision of a community garden for Ferndale became a reality when construction began in the fall and it saw its first growing season in 2008. Tranor continued to rally support for the garden up until 2010 when she moved out of state. Since then it has continued to grow due to corporate sponsors, volunteer efforts and land donations. It has operated as a program of the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative since 2009.
Tucked away south of the Pioneer Park stage and next to the Bergsma House on Ferndale Road, the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden occupies 16,800 square feet of land. Recently an additional 2,800 square feet was added in the form of a City of Ferndale donation.
The primary goal of the Community Garden is to provide low-cost garden plots to families to enable them to put fresh, safe, organically-grown produce on their tables by working cooperatively with each other.
Several organizations participate in the Community Garden. A couple notable examples:
* Windward High School students contributed several hours of work.
* Alcoa Intalco Works employee volunteers also contribute several hours of work a couple times a year. They are planning on installing a paved patio sitting area complete with benches this spring.
Within the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden is the “Giving Garden.” Everything grown in it is donated to the Ferndale Food Bank. In 2014 over 1,200 pounds of fresh produce was donated from the Giving Garden to the Ferndale Food Bank.
The garden promotes organic garden methods and gardening advice is available to members from a Whatcom County Master Gardener. There are also many fellow veteran gardeners who are happy to share their knowledge as well.
The cost to rent one of the 24 garden plots for a growing season is based on a sliding scale of $10 to $20. There is also a $10 refundable cleaning fee and gardeners are required to put in 15 hours of volunteer work at the garden during the season.
A few garden plots are still available and when reserved a waiting list will be created for when others become available.
Contact Gloria Perez, garden coordinator, at 223-3836 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your garden plot and for additional information.