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We must work together to make Greenbank Farm sustainable

November 1, 2012 · 12:01 PM
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In response to the recent article The Whidbey Examiner about the financial concerns at the Greenbank Farm (“Accountant resigns from Greenbank Farm post,” Oct. 25), I would hope that specific details will be forthcoming, so that if errors were made, things could be quickly remedied.

It is unfortunate that in a contentious political climate, issues become devisive, distorting the larger picture.

I have sympathy for Georgia Gardner’s desire to resign and often wish that I, too, could resign from my commitments to the Greenbank Farm. As an experiment in land use for the benefit of the greater community, we are still finding our way. The energy and hours it takes burns many of us out.

It is the persistence and goodwill of those concerned that keep things on a positive trajectory. The Greenbank Farm Management Group has gone through several incarnations in their 12-plus years at the farm.

As a business owner leasing space at the farm, I have witnessed the dedication and determination of participants over the years and I can testify to the good intentions that are required to accomplish positive results, such as federal grants to support a program instituting agriculture as a priority, where young interns learn the skills necessary to grow wonderful food and bring value added products to market.

My business has benefited greatly from the agriculture program, as we use organic locally grown produce in our café offerings.

I would encourage those, including Ms. Gardner, to offer their constructive criticism, to enable the Greenbank Farm community which stretches across the unique spectrum of the Whidbey Island population from the master gardeners, the dog walkers, neighbors, pea patchers, agriculture interests and business stakeholders to work together to make the farm sustainable so that it can continue to contribute to the well being of the citizens of our bioregion.

– Jan Gunn

Owner, Whidbey Pies at Greenbank Farm

 


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