EAST WHATCOM COUNTY SCHOOLS

Common Threads is a local nonprofit that gardens and cooks with kids across Whatcom County to help grow good eaters!

In the Mt Baker school district, Common Threads supports school gardens at each elementary school: Acme, Harmony, and Kendall. A Common Threads food educator leads garden lessons in the fall and spring and works with PTAs and local volunteers to coordinate garden care during the summer months. 

During the winter months, Common Threads food educators visit classrooms and prepare simple, tasty, healthy and vegetable-based recipes. A recipe card is sent home with kids so that they can make these recipes at home with their families. 

Common Threads also partners with the Opportunity Council and East Whatcom Regional Resource Center to provide summer opportunities for children and families. 

During Covid-19, Common Threads is adapting our programs to meet the needs of the community while keeping everyone safe. Some offerings include online classes and gardening advice, distribution of food from school gardens, and tips for cooking delicious, nutritious meals using what’s in a food bank box. Volunteers are especially needed during Covid-19 to help maintain school gardens. Safety protocols are in place to ensure safety of our volunteers and community.  

Acme Elementary School

Food Educator: Katy Tiernan

Volunteer opportunities: Sign Up to help care for the garden this summer

Note: Produce from the garden this summer is going to the Food Bank at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center 

Harmony Elementary

Food Educator: Katy Tiernan

Volunteer opportunities: Sign Up to help care for the garden this summer

Kendall Elementary

Food Educator: Julie Connell

Volunteer opportunities: Sign Up to help care for the garden this summer

Kendall is looking for a lead volunteer garden coordinator. Please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the current coordinator and school PTA Chair.

Note: Produce from the garden this summer is going to students and their families. Any excess is going to the Food Bank at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center