Olympia Kiwanis Foodbank Gardens

The Olympia Kiwanis Club manages three gardens in the Olympia area. Approximately 30,000 pounds of produce is raised, harvested, and then donated to the Thurston County Foodbank.

Good to Grow

Check out our video describing all the hard work that is invested by Olympia Kiwanis Club and community volunteers in our three gardens.

Garden Locations:

Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm

3020 Friendly Grove Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98501, north on Friendly Grove Rd turn east on 30th Ct NE, go to the end, on the right side.

Capitol Campus

212 Maple Park Ave. SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (Just north of the Employment Security Building)

Westside Garden 

3839 11th Ave. NW, Olympia WA 98502

June 4, 2018 Garden Update:

Hello to All, You Garden and Food Bank Lovers!

Progress Last Week:

Planting continues... peppers from Dave Goff were planted on Tuesday, and squash that was planted a week ago Thursday is either growing or has now germinated.  Hundreds of thousands of smart weed seedlings have been weeded at Capitol Campus and have been nipped when small (don’t despair, there will always be more for us to weed out).  Tomatoes have been received from Dave Goff and will be planted this week.  Thanks for the help!

Special Request:

We have some serious deficiencies in our deer exclusion fence at the Westside Garden!  Recently some major blackberry vines were cut back on the northwest side, and in so doing, exposed some serious fence post problems.  I know that most of these posts pre-date 1995, and are thus 23 years or more old.  Can those who read this and have fence mending skills please consider some fence improvements over the next two weeks?  We will work on details.

Schedule this week:

Call Mackenzie (360-259-8791) or Don (360-701-5657) if you would like to come to one of the gardens on a “not scheduled” day

June 4, Monday, Not Scheduled.
June 5, Tuesday, MGNW/Goche/Friendly Grove Rd Farm - 9 AM to 1 PM (tilling, tomato planting, carrot weeding, and tomato supports if there is time)
June 6, Wednesday, West Side, 9 AM to Noon - Cabbage weeding and field weeding
June 7 , Thursday, Capitol Campus, 5 PM to 6:30 PM - Weeding of turnips, radishes, squash
June 8, Friday, Not scheduled
June 9, Saturday, West Side, 9 AM to Noon  - Bean trellis hanging, cabbage weeding, (fencing if materials and people are available).
Thank you again for your dedicated service, and we hope to see you soon in the gardens!


Don Leaf

Olympia Kiwanis Garden Chair

Special Request:

Consider a donation to support the garden interns next year.  Part-time farm/garden workers in temporary employment with the Food Bank acting as employer, helps give the gardens week to week continuity, and helps us keep ahead of the weeds. Your donation to the Thurston County Food Bank with a request that your donation be used for Food Bank garden workers guarantees that your donation will be used that way.  Thank You!