WSU Whatcom County Extension

Community Horticulture

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

Community Garden

Community First Garden Project


What We Offer

Funding Support: How to Apply for Assistance
Technical Assistance: Garden Design and Planning
Educational Support:
    - Educational Garden Workshops – If you would like to host a workshop at your garden please contact us for more information. We provide “how to” workshops on soils, compost, irrigation, crops and more.
   - Garden Mentors - Community, food bank & victory gardeners can receive support from local master gardeners. We can help you with gardening questions or provide a mentor for the growing season.
   - Resource Kits - Maps, planning tools, etc.

Local Food Grown by Local People
Project Goals

CFG Project goals are to help expand access to community gardens, thereby increasing self-sufficiency and local food security with nutritious fresh produce; to provide opportunities for environmental education and stewardship of land; and to help create neighborhood gathering places that are welcoming to all.

Project History

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. In 2008, WSU and The Mary Redman Foundation collaborated again to form Community First Gardens. CFG provides 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.

Our Mission

Community First Garden Project provides funding, technical support and education to new and established community gardens throughout Whatcom County, while fostering cooperative, community building relationships.


Contact Information

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


Community First Garden Project Logo


CFG Project recipients:

Cordata Garden
Ferndale Friendship Garden
Everson Community Garden
Maple Falls Garden
Sterling Paz Garden
Sudden Valley Garden
Meridian Middle School
Faith Lutheran Church
York Neighborhood
East County Resource Center (Kendall)



List of Partner Gardens (pdf)


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