Springtime Preschool in the Garden

Spring break camp preschool in the garden, digging up weeds!

Heading up the path to meet her parents, Sienna remarked that her least favorite part about camp is that the week “is too short”… She’s right, of course. We all wish Preschool in the Garden could happen every day! The magical gardens, trails and gathering spaces at The Outback Farm allow for endless discovery. Using all of […]

Sweet Stories from Camp Honey

Common Threads Camp Honey visiting Smith Gardens

Camp Honey got the buzz on pollinators! Throughout the week, we learned about flower anatomy, the lifecycle of a honey bee, and the role of Blue Orchard mason bees in the garden. Campers got to use beeswax to make candles and lip balm, chop up bamboo to make mason bee homes, and harvest herbs to […]

A story of service, by Americorps Food Educator Bree Farmer

Happy AmeriCorps Month!  Common Threads feels very fortunate indeed to have 13 fabulous AmeriCorps service members helping to grow good eaters across Whatcom County. These are smart, passionate, creative young people who have gifted our community with 10.5 months of their lives. For the remainder of this month, we’ll be celebrating our service members by […]

A story of service, by Americorps School Farmer Alyssa Stewart

Happy AmeriCorps Month!  Common Threads feels very fortunate indeed to have 13 fabulous AmeriCorps service members helping to grow good eaters across Whatcom County. These are smart, passionate, creative young people who have gifted our community with 10.5 months of their lives. For the remainder of this month, we’ll be celebrating our service members by […]

A story of service, by Americorps Food Educator Angela Moran

Photo of Americorps Food Educator Angela Moran

Happy AmeriCorps Month!  Common Threads feels very fortunate indeed to have 13 fabulous AmeriCorps service members helping to grow good eaters across Whatcom County. These are smart, passionate, creative young people who have gifted our community with 10.5 months of their lives. For the remainder of this month, we’ll be celebrating our service members by […]

A story of service, by AmeriCorps School Farmer Blair Sando

Happy AmeriCorps Month!  Common Threads feels very fortunate indeed to have 13 fabulous AmeriCorps service members helping to grow good eaters across Whatcom County. These are smart, passionate, creative young people who have gifted our community with 10.5 months of their lives. For the remainder of this month, we’ll be celebrating our service members by […]

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 […]

Cooking with Common Threads: Garden Stir Fry

The first clue that it’s a cooking day at any local elementary reaches most students through their noses. Last month the sweet spicy aroma of turmeric and cumin permeated the hallways. This week and through early March, it’s a new scent: garlic, tamari, and ginger!   Our final cooking class lesson of the season, Garden […]

Spring Break Camp Registration is OPEN!

camp kiddos petting a chicken

Registration is now open for this year’s spring break camp, the week of April 2-6. Our outdoor camps connect kids to healthy food in the garden, in the outdoor kitchen, and at the picnic table! Our 2017-2018 Food Educator team will be leading the fun, searching for signs of spring! Thanks to our supporters, we offer need-based scholarships to […]

What’s cooking after school?

School had finished for the day, but a group of 3rd through 5th grade students at Geneva Elementary were still excited to learn as they gathered to make tacos. Working as a team, students chopped apple and cabbage and made their own tortillas from scratch. Apple, cabbage and mozzarella?!! At first, kids hesitated at the […]