Gratitude for our garden interns

Many thanks to our great summer interns, Greg Gustafson managed the garden and did a great job mowing, tending to plants, harvesting and keeping everything watered.  His work at 13 Moons is part of his BSNES degree program and this is the start of his second year managing the garden. Leila Clark and Leah Gobert worked on garden maintenance and they developed sign material that will be installed this fall. Thanks also to the volunteers and community members that made there way to campus to help with chores and harvesting!

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Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes!

tomato1We had a great workshop today learning about how to grow tomatoes. We also explored a lot of tomato varieties and students got online to explore how many regular and cherry-sized varieties there are available. Students helped to get some tomatoes installed in our school garden beds and everyone also received a container garden to grow their own tomatoes at home.

There are some great online resources for growing tomatoes.  These are one of the most common garden plants, but they can be sometimes hard to grow in our marine climate in western Washington.  Choosing the best variety for your garden site and your taste buds  is important. We received a lot of antioxidants from tomatoes as well as vitamins C and A and several necessary B vitamins too.

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Gardening season is underway..

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We have had some very productive work days. Thanks to all of our garden guides that have helped out. We are making great progress.  Please join us at one of our upcoming events:

Spring Garden Workshops


May 29th-Growing Tomatoes
June 5th-Home Container Gardens
Co-led by NWIC students and staff
1-4 pm NWIC campus
Free plants, garden supplies, snacks!   RSVP to, CEU’s available

End of the Year lunch and garden tour, June 12 from 12-1 pm


Come and celebrate our graduates, the end of the school year and the beginning if the garden!


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Workparty and spring workshops


Work party: May 9th 10- 2 pm!

Spring workshops:

May 22nd  :  Seed Starting & Home Gardens

May 29th  : Growing Tomatoes with Nadine

June 5th : Garden Soil Management

Every workshop is 1-4 pm. Food provided. All Classes at NWIC Swinomish. Contact to register. 

CEU’s available!

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Mosaic Garden Art with Youth Center

BSNES student Linda Willup recently finished mosaic stepping stones with the Swinomish Youth Center students.  These will be added to the garden this summer..stay tuned for more art in the garden!



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National Food Sovereignty Summit

Food sovereignty can be defined as:

“The right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”

- International Planning Committee For Food Sovereignty

I was honored to participate in the first national food sovereignty summit in Green Bay, WI.  The keynote was given by activist and farmer Winona LaDuke (pictured above). I was invited there to speak on soil biology and was amazed by all of the great work being done in native communities related to food access, re-cultivating traditional food practices and sustainable farming.

During my time there I was able to tour the Oneida tribe’s integrated farm system that consists of a buffalo ranch, apple orchard and organic farm the features their variety of white corn. While the mid-west still felt like it was in the heart of winter, the farms were busy with activity preparing for spring! They are doing great work to provide food locally and create economic development opportunities around a sustainable food system.









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Spring has started in the garden.  We are getting soil into the beds and will be transplanting soon.  In the next few weeks we will have a series of garden classes set up for the community to participate in and materials for home gardens will be available.

Thanks to all of our garden guides that successfully completed the sustainable gardening class–Yoli, Maureen, Greg, Nadine, Linda and Enedina!  Look for more garden activities soon!

This quarter, THURSDAYS will be garden work party days.  Lunch will be available at 12 pm and you can work from 1-4 pm!  Stop on by and get involved and work with one of our new garden guides! See what is growing!!

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Also, here are some links to some great food related events happening soon:

The First Annual Food Sovereignty Summit

“The Living Breath of Wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ”
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Cultural Food Practices and Ecological Knowledge


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