Fresh Starts for Mother’s Day
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
It wasn’t for lack of trying, but for the second year in a row I missed out on purchasing a cherry tomato start dubbed “Dancing With Smurfs” at Whatcom County Master Gardeners’ online Plant Sale, which started Sunday morning and continues through noon on Thurs., April 29. I still managed to score 17 locally grown tomato starts, Italian parsley and leek starts, and six dahlia tubers, which I’ll fetch on Mother’s Day weekend at a socially distanced plant pick-up in Ferndale at Hovander Homestead Park (typically the site of the Master Gardeners’ gargantuan one-day plant sale, which was canceled for the second year in a row due to the pandemic). At last glance, plenty of $2 tomato starts remained, as did limited dahlia tubers, bonsai plants and a bunch of carefully crafted sedum baskets fit for a queen (or your mom). When: Order online by 12pm Thurs., April 29. Info: http://www.whatcommgf.org
Another opportunity to score starts takes place May 7-9 at Growing Veterans’ fifth annual Organic Plant Sale at three different locales (you can also reserve online). Four-inch starts will be available for $4.22 each, six-pack starts will be $6.22 a piece, and “garden in a box”—which will include a selection of the farm’s favorite heirlooms—can be had for $22. The number is significant, as it honors the 22 veterans a day who lose their life to suicide. Growing Veterans’ vision is “to end the isolation that leads to veteran suicide,” and they do this by empowering veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other. All of the plants available this weekend are organic and were grown by veterans, so stock up and find out more about the organization while you’re there. If you can, consider helping them grow hope for veterans in crisis by making a donation in your mama’s name. When: 11am-4pm Fri., May 7 in Lynden at 6458 Martin Place; 11am-4pm Sat., May 8 at a locale TBD; and 11am-4pm Sun., May 9 at Greenbank Farm on Whidbey Island. Info: http://www.growingveterans.org
A Spring Plant Sale being put on by City Sprouts Farm from 12pm-6pm Sat., May 8 outside Elizabeth Station will also provide a plethora of gift ideas for the women in your life—or a head-start on the growing season for yourself. Available veggie starts will include more than 10 varieties of tomatoes, tons of broccoli, cauliflower, kale and greens, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, beans, peas, melons and winter squash ready to be transplanted into home gardens.
All of the plants were locally and organically grown in the Birchwood neighborhood, where Annah Young and Ellie Duncan have been sowing fruits and vegetables since late 2017 on a one-acre property owned by Kulshan Community Land Trust. While transforming the formerly overrun urban space into City Sprouts Farm—which offers CSAs, helps organize the Birchwood Farmers Market from June through October, and will take part in a Wednesday Farmers Market this summer at the historic downtown Bellingham waterfront—they’ve also made their produce available to neighbors in need in Birchwood’s “food desert” via a weekly Share Spot, grow a number of crops for the Bellingham Food Bank, and accept EBT as a form of payment for their CSA program. We think their mothers would approve. When: 12pm-6pm Sat., May 8 outside Elizabeth Station, 1400 W. Holly St. Info: http://www.citysproutsfarm.com
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