Community Garden and Hydroponics

Cultivation and Education

Growing

The Community Action Center Garden program utilizes several different growing spaces to grow and harvest fresh produce for our Food Bank and Mobile Farm Stand program. These spaces include a hydroponic system in our office lobby, community garden plots at Koppel Farm, and a new greenhouse space at the Palouse Discovery Science Center!

Hydroponics – Our indoor hydroponic tanks grow leafy greens year around and can yield over 30 bags of lettuce mix a week! Other than lettuce varieties we can also grow Bok Choi, Kale, Swiss Chard and so much more. These spaces are critical during our long winters when we can’t grow outside.

Community Garden – April through October you can find our garden plots at Koppel Farm filled to the brim with veggies. The Pullman Community Garden donates 6 plots to CAC, and we use these spaces to grow things like potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, and more.

Greenhouse at PDSC – New in 2023, our 700 square foot greenhouse allows us room to start more veggies in the spring, grow specialty crops throughout the year, and gives us a site for education and collaboration events in the future.

Education

In addition to food production, the garden program aims to provide garden education to the community and be a valuable resource for those who wish to learn how to grow their own food. In collaboration with local organizations like the Whitman County Master Gardeners and the Palouse Discovery Science Center, we offer several different programs throughout the year.

If you are interested in volunteering with our garden program or have an education event you’d like to see or help facilitate, email Claire at clairec@cacwhitman.org

Spring Plant Sale

Save the date! Our spring plant sale fundraiser will be Friday, May 3rd from 10 AM – 3 PM. Plants are just $3, and all funds go to support the food bank garden program. Check out our greenhouse and stock up for the growing season! Cash, check, and major credit cards accepted. 

2024 Seed to Table Gardening Series 

Learn everything you need to know to make this year a success in our veggie garden! Classes are perfect for beginners or seasoned gardeners looking to pick up new skills. Participants can expect detailed instruction, useful handouts, and a hands-on activity each session. Classes are offered independent of each other so sign up for just one, or as many as you like! For more information email Claire MacPherson at clairem@cacwhitman.org.

April 3rd, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.

  • Direct Planting a Vegetable Garden: What to plant outside now and what to plant later.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/rY5herQodxup5Es68

May 8th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Irrigation Essentials: Using drip lines and other irrigation systems to save time and conserve water.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/28wkciAwR8iNDY7A8

June 12th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Garden Pests: Identifying, researching, and managing the common pests of your garden.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/tFZDHzVjEyazwJKj7

July 17th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 

  • Home Canning: Preserving your garden harvest.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/iFMXqznXD7mBqdh37

August 7th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Harvest, Store, and Replant: Recommended harvest techniques and methods to extend your season.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/u4K1cH9k6gyPKgPa9

September 11th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

  • Putting your Garden to Bed: Harvesting your seeds, cleaning up debris, and amending your soil to prepare for winter.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/rd8UfRu9iCyxs6Eo9

October 2nd, 5:30 -7:00 p.m.

  • Planting Garlic: Love Garlic? Grow it!

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/SomxE42hruQVo8rX8