Jenny, Liz, & Liza

Another KGP Season Complete!

We’re officially done with the 2014 Kitchen Garden Project build season!! This spring, we partnered with families, schools, and organizations throughout Thurston & Mason Counties to build 60 raised bed home gardens, 6 container gardens, 5 institutional gardens, and one community garden. None of this would have been possible without the support of build volunteers, donors & foundations, our GRuB School students, and businesses who donated & discounted supplies. A special thanks goes out to the Boeing Employees Community Fund, Titus-Will Cars, State Farm Youth Advisory Board, the Freas Foundation, and Steve Prestin for making it possible for us to purchase a brand-spanking new work truck this year!


Katie Gubbe Plants Seeds of Love with GRuB

Olympia High School senior Katie Gubbe has auspicious plans for her future. After receiving a full ride to The Evergreen State College, she plans to study agriculture and education, one day getting a Master’s degree in teaching.  “My goal is to teach at a grade school, working with little kids,” she said.


Cody’s Story

As a past recipient of a USDA Community Food Project grant, GRuB is now featured on WhyHunger‘s YouTube channel as part of a series of videos featuring grantees. One of our amazing GRuB School alumni, Cody, shares his very person story.

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Our 2013 Annual Report

Wow, we did a lot this last year! Take a few moments to explore our 2013 Annual Report to learn about the growth and change that’s taken place in our organization and community (and feel free to check out past reports as well). (…read more…)

GRuB Garden – The Greenest Investment You’ll Make This Year

The large room is full of people, standing and sitting, some with hands in pockets and others holding gently onto their kids. A nervous but excited air permeates the space, and one man begins.  “Collard greens,” he announces. “Yep, definitely collard greens.” The original question was what vegetable people were most excited to grow this year. Someone across the room shouts, “Wait, what are collard greens? I mean, what do you do with ‘em?” Someone else laughs and says, “They eat them down South a lot. Cook ‘em up with garlic and a little oil and they’re good to go!” Read more… (…read more…)

Danielle Rylander 5 - with 2nd youngest son eating veggies

Invest in Good Food!

Do you get GRuB’s E-Newsletter? Stay on top of all the happenings at GRuB by subscribing here and check out our most recent issue here! Get the scoop on all the ways you can partner with GRuB to invest in good food this spring. (…read more…)

Gallup poll: Olympia leads nation in access to affordable produce

Olympia residents have easier access to affordable fruits and vegetables than any other city in the nation, according to a Gallup poll.

Released this week, the poll reports that 96.6 percent of Olympia residents find it easy to get fresh produce. Another Washington city, Yakima, ranks fourth at 96 percent. Read more… 

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Introducing FIG!

FIG (Food Investment Gardens) is a new GRuB pilot program in 2014. After 20 years of building gardens with low-income families through the Kitchen Garden Project, we now want to expand our reach in Thurston County to build gardens for people at all income levels. What you pay for your FIG will support GRuB programs, including the KGP.

What is GRuB??

One of the dangers of having a holistic program that integrates the fields of education, sustainability, agriculture, social justice, and community-building is that even our most devoted fans sometimes get a little confused about what exactly it is that we do. Through our partnership with the Giving Library, our fabulous Executive Director, Katie Rains, explains it all in this series of short videos.


Connect Your Fred Meyer Rewards to GRuB!

You can help GRuB earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works: (…read more…)

Be Vegi-nomical – The Merits of a Farm Share, CSA Box

By Mary Ellen Psaltis

Are you looking for a sure-fire investment that is guaranteed to give great results?! It’s not a scam. You’ll keep your dollars local, you’ll be doing yourself and your family a true favor, AND it improves your health. Sound too good to be true? You can accomplish all these things by getting your own Farm Share. Read more… (…read more…)