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WeGrow Plot Map with address

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.

Food Security:

• 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)

Community Education:

• Home Horticulture public workshops conducted by WSU Extension & Master Gardeners
• Garden/Conservation workshops conducted by partner businesses/agencies (e.g. upcycling, solar energy, etc.)

Community Engagement:

• 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 End-of-Year Review (pdf)

WeGrow presentation (pdf)

To learn more or to get involved, contact WSU Extension:

Beth Chisholm
(360) 778-5811

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.

Logos of sponsors


WeGrow Logo Food Youth Community

Youth Vocational & Public Education Garden

Garden location: 1815 Ellis Street, Bellingham, WA

To learn more or to get involved, contact WSU Extension:
Beth Chisholm
(360) 778-5811

WeGrow Video Capture of people posing for group picture

Comcast Cares Day at WeGrow Garden


WeGrow in the Media

PeaceHealth article:
“Whatcom gardens help teens grow”

Grow Northwest article:
“We Grow Garden: Northwest Youth Services seeking help with tools”

“We Grow” Northwest Youth Services 2013
First video produced of the project back at the original State St location.

raised garden boxes
Raised garden boxes at the WeGrow Garden.

Facebook graphic

WeGrow Garden Bham – Facebook page

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