Volunteers work at Mukilteo Community Garden for Earth Day

By Brandon Gustafson | Apr 24, 2019
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo, as well as Mariner and Kamiak Key Club members and Mukilteo Community Garden volunteers, spent April 20 working at the community garden in honor of Earth Day, which was Monday, April 22.

It was a little chilly, windy at times, but the rain held up, much to the pleasure of the few dozen volunteers who worked on the Mukilteo Community Garden Saturday, April 20, in honor of Earth Day.

The volunteers consisted of members of the Kiwanis Club of Mukilteo, the Mukilteo Community Garden, and Kamiak and Mariner high school students who are members of their schools’ Key Clubs.

The volunteers helped prepare and seed the banks for vegetables that are donated to the Mukilteo Food Bank, and helped with weeding, mulching, moving straw bales, and more.

The workers were treated to free pizza from Tony McNulty, the 2009 Mukilteo Citizen of the Year and owner of Papa Murphy’s on Mukilteo Speedway off Beverly Park Road.

The event was especially enjoyable for Lynette Gardiner-Kidd and Lois Bellemans Brown, who helped open the Mukilteo Community Garden 10 years ago.

“I was told by Joe Hannan (former Mukilteo city administrator) that they had land for this,” Gardiner-Kidd said. “Now look at it.”

The Mukilteo Community Garden is a charitable and educational nonprofit run solely by volunteers. Many have worked at the garden for Earth Day for the last few years as well.

The garden has grown exponentially since it first opened in 2009 from just a few dirt beds to having its own greenhouse, shed, office, designated dirt beds for food for the Mukilteo Food Bank, a bed for Nature Together, an outdoor preschool, and more, thanks to community support.

This year, the Mukilteo Community Garden will be featured on the Mukilteo Quilt & Garden Tour on July 21 and 22, which happens every other summer.

For more information on the Mukilteo Quilt & Garden Tour, visit mukilteogardenandquilttour.org. For information on the Mukilteo Community Garden, visit mukilteogarden.org.

 

 

 

 

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