Volunteer spotlight: Doug Banner and his Mason Bees

photo of Doug Banner

Three wooden blocks appeared in our office this winter. A grid of mud packed holes graced each block. The stack was labeled “emerge March” and “Doug” with a phone number… “Doug,” it turns out, referred to Doug Banner, a professor of Health and Community Studies at Western Washington University. A former student of ecology, with […]

Summer Garden Care Volunteer Sign Up

View of garden in the Fall

Would you like to help care for one or more school gardens over the summer? The links here (below) will take you to a Sign Up Genius for each garden so you can sign up! Common Threads Americorps Food Educators will wrap up their service by contacting all Summer Garden Care Volunteers for site-based trainings […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Daniel Murphy

Common Threads Volunteer Daniel Murphy assisting a student

Daniel began volunteering with Common Threads as an intern through the Human Services Program at Western Washington University. Excited about empowering students to make informed decisions about food choices, Daniel volunteered with Common Threads camps at The Outback Farm last summer. From Farm Camp to Camp Pizza, from Camp Pasta to Food Investigators, Daniel contributed […]

Volunteer Opportunities!

There are LOTS of ways to get involved in seed-to-table food education with Common Threads! Please take a look at the opportunities available. Email jessica@commonthreadsfarm.org with any interest, or complete our convenient new online form!   GARDEN _____ School Garden Lessons: Assist Common Threads’ Food Educators with school garden-based lessons. Includes experiential outdoor education and facilitating small groups of […]

Volunteer Resources

Looking for some resources to help you with your volunteer placement? Have a look at what is available below: Volunteer & Intern Information Gardening with Kids Cooking with Kids Summer Garden Care Guide


Common Threads Farm is a great place to volunteer. Whether your interests lie in education, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, building, environmental stewardship, fundraising or event planning – we likely have an opportunity that’s right for you. Interested in an AmeriCorps year of service? Find out more! There are LOTS of different ways to get involved in […]

Garden to Cafeteria Spotlight: Carl Cozier

Ms. Maria couldn’t believe how quickly the salad was eaten– the kids love kale! Carl Cozier’s food service lead Maria Moench made sure that the kale, harvested from the Cozier school garden by Mrs. Conlon’s second graders, became part of a tasty Plant Part Salad. By the start of the second lunch period, the salad […]

Fisher Elementary

  Thanks to avid support from the school administration and PTA, a garden site was set aside when Fisher was rebuilt in 2017. Fisher began cooking with Common Threads in December 2017, and built their garden in March 2018. Thanks to generous community donations, the garden features 9 raised beds, with approximately 475 square feet square […]