Peninsula Daily News features garden project led by Ellen Sabina ’09

The Peninsula Daily Times of Port Angeles, Wash., describes efforts by Ellen Sabina ’09 to create a vegetable garden at a local food bank.

Sabina tells columnist Jennifer Jackson that the idea is to “provide some fresh produce and plant starts for food bank clientele and to empower people to grow their own food.”

Ellen Sabino ’09 and a friend run a local farm stand in 2010.

The project, writes Jackson, includes a hoop-house-style greenhouse for growing tomatoes and a seed germination box for salad greens. It’s located on the grounds of a former elementary school that now houses the Port Townsend Food Bank and other community programs.

Plans call for starting lettuce in mid-February, Sabina said, with continuous harvest through November once the garden gets going.

Besides tomatoes and fresh salad greens, “I also plan to do flowers and herbs,” Sabina said. “We want to make it inviting.”

A Bates history major and former AmeriCorps volunteer, Sabina grew on the Maine coast, working in the lobster industry during summers. At Bates, she wrote her thesis on the history of women in lobstering.

Sabina coordinates the Jefferson LandWorks Collaborative, a network of eight organizations that help farmers and landowners keep rural land economically viable.

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