2017 Educational Gardens at Chuckanut Center

Medicinal Herbscape Garden
Will be stewarded by Gary Bachman, AKA Dr. Gary Bachman, ND, RN.
Contact Gary at 360-941-5283.
Gary has family roots in herbal & natural medicine and has been actively learning, using and teaching about herbs for over 35 years. He has worked in the healthcare field for over 40 years in mental health, hospice, oncology, therapeutic touch, massage and naturopathic medicine. While studying at Bastyr University he was on faculty and ran the Bastyr Botanical Gardens. He has studied with many local, regional and widely known herbalists.
The Medicinal Herbscape Garden will be one of the first gardens a visitor will pass by upon entering at the gatehouse. Welcoming us will be plantings using primarily bioregional medicinal herbs planted with a permaculture design. Non-regional medicinal herbs may be included if appropriate.
This garden will provide medicinal herbal plants for identification to garden visitors or classes, and can be made available for classes to demonstrate harvesting methods and to model medicinal herbscape design for home use.

Led by Hannah Rothermel
Wildhood is an outdoor-based pre-school made up of approximately 8 kids on any given day. They will be doing weekly hands-on projects in the garden and growing food to use for snacks during class time.

Stones Throw Brewery
Led by staff and friends
Will plant, manage and harvest 20 hop plants. Invest and install in hop trellis infrastructure.  Hops will be used in our local brewery and this will support the Center with a future fundraising opportunity.

Growing Alliances
led by Kali Crow
We will be employing at least two foster youth to work in urban agriculture and we would like to use the Chuckanut Center as our base, where the youth will be responsible for the plots and we will teach them gardening skills before working out in the community. We will harvest the produce for our own consumption and donate the remainder to the food bank.

The purpose of our project is to teach youth these skills so they can be self-reliant and feel empowered through bringing life to something else. We will also use gardening as a tool to address mental health care.

Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden

Led by Lynn Loveland
The purpose of this garden is to trial and successfully grow Chinese medicinal plants that will grow well in our area. In the process identify for educational purposes and once established, conduct classes on growing and using these plants for healing.  Ultimately connecting with local Chinese herbalists and providing an outdoor classroom and indoor classes on processing and use of Chinese medicinals for health.

Many plants have been started this year and are doing well. I hope to get a feel for their hardiness as we go through the winter. Currently there is not a lot of growing of these types of plants in our community. So this work and study will be somewhat ground breaking. Planning this spring to add more Chinese herbs for trial and education.  

Mason and Leafcutter Bees

Suki Aufhauser and Shannon Maris

At Chuckanut Center we’re raising solitary mason bees & leafcutter bees.   Mason bees are early to late spring bees.  They help pollinate fruit trees and early flowering vegetables & flowers.  The leafcutter bee is a productive pollinator for summer gardens and flowers.

They are both cavity dwelling bees that lay their eggs in existing holes. They do not create holes or damage structures to make holes. Both mason bees and leafcutter bees stay close to home, foraging for pollen and nectar within 300 feet (100m) of the nest. This proximity makes them an attractive pollinator for yards and gardens.  Both types of bees are solitary bees, meaning they do not live in colonies.

Mason bees are friendly bees.  They are easy to raise and gentle.  The males do not have a stinger, and the females will only sting if trapped or squeezed.  The leafcutter bee is extremely gentle and easy to raise as well.  They allow you to confidently get inches from their nesting hole without fear of being stung.  This makes both mason & leafcutter bees ideal neighbors for the home garden, since they pose little to no threat of stinging.

Although leafcutter bees have stingers, they will only sting if their life is threatened. More times than not, stings are caused by being caught in clothing where the bee feels it is being squished.

At Chuckanut Center we are helping to increase both the mason bee and leafcutter bee population. It’s a great way to supplement the stressed honeybee and sustain our future food supply. Creating safe havens for bees also protect our environment, our water and yes, even our pocketbooks!

Watch for a workshop this fall on harvesting the mason bee cocoons.

Explorations Academy
Staff and students
The garden will serve as a learning lab for basic sustainable garden practices and provide an opportunity to network with a community organization outside of our school.  School curriculum in spring includes a ‘food cluster’ involving the garden at Chuckanut Center.

Community Garden Plots

This is the first year we made community garden plots available.  We started with 4 garden plots and will evaluate program and contemplate more in the future.  Anyone interested in getting on a list for future plots should let us know at chuckanutcenter @gmail.com

Landscape stewards

Besides the food production areas we are also responsible for maintaining the remaining areas of open space and landscaping on our two acre site.  We want to keep our site attractive to Park visitors.

Over the years our gardeners have done the bulk of this maintenance, but we need a crew of landscape stewards dedicated to this task.  Could you serve on this team?  If so, please contact Steve Wilson for details at 206-409-1314.