San Juan Island Demonstration Garden
The demonstration garden in Friday Harbor has been in operation for around 15 years, with a crew of dedicated WSU Master Gardener volunteers who work there twice a week. The garden, including a well, is located on the property of the Mullis Senior Center on land they donated for our use. The garden is used to grow produce for the Friday Harbor Food Bank and has been highly successful, producing over 1,800 pounds of fresh vegetables for the food bank in 2019.
We realized we needed additional growing space for our annual spring plant sale and decided to erect a hoop house in the garden. The foundation provided the funds for the hoop house and Frogsong Landscaping did the construction. The hoop house allows us to nurture starts during the cold weather in time for the sale in early spring, and then use it for warm weather crops throughout the season. We now have a fully useful growing area, which has allowed us to lengthen the season and keep crops coming throughout the year, so important for the food bank clients.