Northshore YMCA Community Garden

About the garden

The Northshore YMCA Community Food Garden was created in late summer 2021 and consists of 10 raised beds and two rain barrels that collect rainwater from the roof to provide water for the beds. The food that grows in this garden will be used to help support Northshore YMCA’s Totes to Go program, a partnership with Northshore School District that provides healthy food for students in need. Food grown in this garden will also help support the afterschool childcare program provided by YMCA. Teaching youth about the garden and involving them in the growing and harvesting process helps connect them to where their food comes from. 

How the garden came to be

Bothell community members expressed interest in creating a community garden that would provide a benefit to those in need. With the support of Bothell City Council, we were able to leverage our partnership with our two local conservation districts - experts in the field of urban agriculture - to be able to make the community's vision a reality. 

Finding a suitable location for the garden had its challenges because it would need a reliable watering source as well as volunteers available to manage it year-round. Using public land wasn’t feasible because of the lack of a watering source, so our partners at Snohomish Conservation District's Lawns to Lettuce program reached out to a number of larger private landowners in early spring 2021 to gauge interest in hosting an onsite garden. We were pretty excited when we learned that Northshore YMCA was interested and met the criteria for hosting the garden!

Scroll down for FAQs about that garden, and watch a video featuring Joe Crumbley, Snohomish Conservation District's Urban Agriculture Program Coordinator, to learn more.

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Want to grow your own food at home?

Snohomish Conservation District’s Lawns to Lettuce program provides education and support for landowners who want to convert their lawn and grow edibles in a way that builds healthy soil, protects pollinators, minimizes pesticide use, reduces runoff, and conserves water.Lettuce

If your garden space grows more vegetables than you need, consider donating them through the district's Plant A Row campaign.

Whether you're an avid gardener or new to growing edibles, consider joining the Lawns to Lettuce Facebook group to share tips, opportunities, and stories along the way.

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