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

Upcoming Garden Schedule:

Monday, 10/30/17, WS, 8:00 - Noon: Harvest cabbage, and other priority crops.

Tuesday, 10/31/17, Capitol Campus: Tilling areas with crops removed.

Wednesday, 11/1/17, Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm, 9 to Noon: Karen Gaul and TESC students will continue to harvest carrots and clean up the tomato patch. 

Thursday, 11/2/17, West Side:  Harvest, clean-up and tilling

Thursday, 11/2/17, Capitol Campus, 5 to 6:30 PM (Last Session this Season): Daylight savings time comes to an end this weekend and we lose late afternoon light.

Friday, 11/3/17: Not Scheduled

Saturday, 11/4/17, West Side, 9 to Noon: pole stacking and clean-up. St Benedict’s Episcopal Church will help in late-season harvest and garden clean up.

Notes and Progress by Marla Kentfield:

Oct. 29, 2017

I seem to say thank you a lot but I can’t find another sentiment that comes close!  This last week three groups from TESC, Olympia High School, and TESC again, harvested, cleaned up fields and in general came through in the face of an irritating difficulty.  On Thursday, a field trip from Evergreen called Seeds of Change, came to the west side.  On arrival that afternoon, they found us (Mackenzie McCall and Marla) figuring out how to proceed with the barn lock broken in locked position.  Mackenzie innovated and organized and Seeds of Change helped and harvested and cooperated!  They harvested 1,000 pounds of pumpkins, and 60 pounds of cabbage and cleaned 665 pounds of onions.  Across town Oly High Freedom Farmers harvested and washed 285 pounds of leeks.  The previous day TESC and Karen Gaul’s class harvested carrots, took down tomato vines and pulled weeds.  Yes, Thank You is the only expression that comes to mind!  Your effort has helped us harvest over 28,000 pounds this year, in over 76 deliveries,  from April into November.  

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!