St. Mark Community Garden was established in the spring of 2010 with about 300 pounds of produce donated to the Thurston County Food Bank. In 2011, Olympia Kiwanis collaborated with us, and we were able to increase production to 3000 pounds. In 2012 we donated just over 4500 pounds of produce, and in 2013, 4100 pounds.. In 2014 we significantly increased the size and scope of the garden, adding much variety. The total produce donated to the Thurston County Food Bank for 2014 was 8500 pounds.
Summary of Produce Totals:
- 2010 – 300 pounds
- 2011 – 3000
- 2012 – 4500
- 2013 – 4100
- 2014 – 8500
- 2015 – 9100
- 2016 – 8858
We have grown from 17 raised beds to 46. All beds are drip irrigated and have organic compost as this is an entirely organic garden.
If you would like to apply for a raised bed to grow your own vegetables you also must be willing to work in the one acre garden grown exclusively for the Thurston County Food Bank. This includes planting, weeding, and harvesting. Please contact Gail Frare, Garden Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360-456-3281.
A St. Mark Community Garden application form and a set of 2016 St. Mark Community Garden Guidelines are necessary for a plot. Print, fill-out and return to the church office or email them back to the Garden Coordinator. To find other gardens in the greater Olympia area visit www.ThurstonCommunityGardens.org