Olympia Kiwanis Foodbank Gardens

The Olympia Kiwanis Club manages three gardens in the Olympia area. Approximately 30,000 pounds of produce is raised, harvested, and then donated to the Thurston County Foodbank.

Good to Grow

Check out our video describing all the hard work that is invested by Olympia Kiwanis Club and community volunteers in our three gardens.

Garden Locations:

Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm

3020 Friendly Grove Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98501, north on Friendly Grove Rd turn east on 30th Ct NE, go to the end, on the right side.

Capitol Campus

212 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (Just north of the Employment Security Building)

Westside Garden 

3839 11th Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502

April 15, 2018 Garden Update:

Hello to All, You Garden and Food Bank Lovers!

Progress Last Week:

Crops are going in.  Cabbage, turnips, radishes, broccoli, and onions are in the ground.  Squash and pumpkins were seeded into 4 inch pots Saturday.  About 450 squash and pumpkins for field planting in late May/early June.  The Capitol Campus garlic crop has been weeded to near satisfaction. The cover crop is being mowed and cut in preparation for tilling.  Our request for string trimmer donation/use is gelling.  I believe we will be able to catch up and keep up with the cover crop and fence weeds.  Thanks for the help!

Schedule this week:

Call Mackenzie or Don if you would like to come to one of the gardens on a “not scheduled” day

April 30, Monday, Not Scheduled.
May 1, Tuesday, MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm - 9 AM to Noon (leek planting)
May 2, Wednesday, West Side, 9 AM to Noon - Weeding, tilling, greenhouse work.
May 3 , Thursday, Capitol Campus, Noon to 7 PM - Weeding, tilling, cover crop cutting, fence edge maintenance
May 4, Friday, Not scheduled
May 15, Saturday, West Side, 9 AM to Noon  - Weeding, irrigation system layout, possible planting.
Thank you again for your dedicated service, and we hope to see you soon in the gardens!


Don Leaf

Olympia Kiwanis Garden Chair

Special Request:

Consider a donation to support the garden interns next year.  Part-time farm/garden workers in temporary employment with the Food Bank acting as employer, helps give the gardens week to week continuity, and helps us keep ahead of the weeds. Your donation to the Thurston County Food Bank with a request that your donation be used for Food Bank garden workers guarantees that your donation will be used that way.  Thank You!