The Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County’s Ferndale Clubhouse is home to a very popular Garden Club with 10 to 20 members. Over the past few years it has grown (no pun intended) to be responsible for the care of garden beds at the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden.
The Garden Club is led by Program Staff Phaeng Southisombath who grew up on a farm and is excited to share her knowledge of growing nutritious food with the kids.
Before anyone gets dirty, the Garden Club gets together and considers all their fruit and vegetable planting options. Each is weighted base on nutritional value. Once the gardens have been planned, they head out, prepare the beds and plant the seedlings (click pics to enlarge. photos courtesy Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom).
Lesson plans are created each week to encourage the kids to learn more about composting, insects, soil composition and more. Afterwards they goes out at least twice a week to water and weed, ensuring their plants are doing well.
When it is time, the Garden Club members will use their harvest to have a pizza party using the kale, peppers and tomatoes they grew.
Program Director Nicole Murray points out, “it’s a great feeling to collaborate with community members to not only provide fun and informative opportunities for Club kids to grow, but to also learn where their food comes from and grow it together.”
There are plans to install raised garden beds (to keep the deer out) near the Clubhouse. Contact the Ferndale Boys & Girls Club at (360) 384-0753 or email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to donate materials or volunteer time to help build these beds.