March 30: How to build a successful community garden

EVERETT, Wash. – Growing with a Purpose: Building a Community Garden will be discussed by successful community gardener Andy Anderson at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Washington State University’s Snohomish County Extension Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.

Cost is $10 per person. Register online at or download a form at and mail with a check. For more information, contact Kate Halstead at 425-357-6024 or

Andy Anderson harvesting lettuce at the community garden at Bethany Covenant Church.

Anderson and volunteers have expanded the garden at Bethany Covenant Church in Mount Vernon, Wash., to include 3,300 square feet of raised beds with trickle irrigation and an injection fertilizer system. Other features include a 12×20 foot greenhouse, tool shed and covered tomato growing shelter.

He will describe how the garden got started and is sustained, how volunteers are cultivated and retained and the nuts and bolts behind administration and organization.

As part of the event, donations for the church garden will be collected to honor the memory of Treena Kerr, wife of Graham Kerr (TV’s Galloping Gourmet), who has been an active supporter of WSU Extension’s Growing Groceries program for many years.

Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and Ph.D. in plant science/plant physiology. He worked as a research horticulturist on vegetable crop production at the WSU Research and Extension Center, Mount Vernon, until 1999.


Kate Halstead, WSU Snohomish County Extention, 360-794-6081,



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