Youth Vocational & Public Education Garden
This urban garden is made possible by a partnership between Washington State University Extension, WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Program, Northwest Youth Services, and City of Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department.
• Continue as a Food Bank Victory Garden – donate 300 pounds of fresh produce
• Pilot a weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program for 10 subscribers
• Conduct compost workshops
Youth Vocational Training:
• Provide vocational programs focusing on employment skills, horticultural and cooking for youth ages 16-24
• Conduct service internships for youth ages 12-16
• Engaging WSU Master Gardener Youth Mentors, trained in trauma-informed care and resilience enhancement practices
Youth Education Programming:
• Partner with nearby identified schools with hands-on horticultural training designed enhance science and nutrition curricula
• Provide horticultural workshops for non-profit youth agencies (e.g. YMCA, 4-H, Scouts)
• Home Horticulture public workshops conducted by WSU Extension & Master Gardeners
• Garden/Conservation workshops conducted by partner businesses/agencies (e.g. upcycling, solar energy, etc.)
• Public rental space
• Plant sales, sustainable living workshops, for community events
Mission: To facilitate community development through adult and youth education, low-barrier vocational programs, and food security.
– WeGrow Poster (pdf)
– WeGrow Garden Report (pdf)
– WeGrow presentation (pdf)
To learn more or to get involved, contact WSU Extension:
Special thanks to CHS Northwest, Bellingham Rotary and the Hamond Family Foundation for their generous financial support, and to Bellingham Parks and Recreation for providing this space.