WSU Whatcom County Extension

Community First Gardens



The Community First Gardens Project grew out of a close alliance between Mary Redman, President of The Mary Redman Foundation, and Drew Betz, WSU Extension Faculty.  Their combined efforts resulted in the first garden projects sponsored and funded by The Mary Redman Foundation: Lydia Place Garden and Parkview Elementary School Teaching Garden.

Community First! Gardens

WSU and The Mary Redman Foundation are collaborating again to form Community First Gardens.  Community First Gardens will provide opportunities for neighbors to work side-by-side tending their individual garden plots, while building a sense of self-reliance as they learn to grow their own food.

                  Pull Quote - "Local Food Grown by Local People"

Besides making nutritious, locally-grown food available to more people, these neighborhood gardens will provide an environment in which a strong sense of community can flourish.



Contact Information

For more information, contact Beth Chisholm, CFG Coordinator, at:


WSU Whatcom County Extension, 1000 N. Forest Street, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225, (360) 778-5800, Contact Us