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 Star Park playground parking lot and next to the Bergsma House on Ferndale Road, the Ferndale Friendship Community Garden occupies over 19,000 square feet of land.
The primary goal of the Community Garden is to provide low-cost garden plots to families so they can put fresh, safe, organically-grown produce on their tables by working cooperatively with each other.
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. Tools and seeds are available.
A few garden plots are still available and when reserved a waiting list will be created for when others become available.
Interested garden renters should contact Gloria Perez at 223-3836 or email@example.com to reserve your garden plot and for additional information.
Several organizations participate in the Community Garden. A few notable examples include
* Kiwanis Bellingham Young Professionals recently constructed a patio, something that had been on the wish list for several years
* Alcoa Intalco Works employee volunteers put in many hours laying gravel pathways around the garden beds. They were there helping build the garden in 2007 and have returned to help every year since.
* Volunteers from the Mormon Church constructed deer fencing around the new Ferndale Food Bank growing area.
* Eagle Scout Nathan Pringle supervised construction of a new hoop house that will be used to grow food for 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.