Our Certified Organic farm is at the heart of everything we do. It’s the source of inspiration during our workdays, it shows up on the shelves and in the deli case when the Farm Market opens, and it offers itself to our community. The farm’s close proximity to Seattle’s urban core creates a unique opportunity to learn about the significance of farmland preservation efforts. And it’s there when we go home to prepare a hearty meal at the end of the workday. Our work revolves around the food we grow, and we feel extremely fortunate and privileged to share it with you. Our farm represents how important efforts to introduce resilience can also be places where your food is simply grown.
What's Happening on the Farm?
The farm is alive! It’s been wet and cold but the weather has been warming and that means slowly soil temperatures are heating up — good for plants and good for weeds. We’re using cover crops on acreage that is resting from production this year. In the cultivated areas we’re using low-till and no-till practices such as underplanting brassicas with clover — limiting soil disturbance and adding nutrients to help the microorganisms thrive. There’s lots to do this til be needed in the summer, adding row cover and more. Come see all the activity for yourself all the actime of year — moving starts from hoop houses to the fields, direct seeding, preparing irrigation for when it will been needed in summer, adding row cover and more. Come see all the activity for yourself — volunteer or join us on a regularly scheduled farm walk.
Where Does the Food Go?
The lions share of the produce we harvest from the 21 Acres Farm is sold through the Farm Market. Some of the food goes to our kitchen to be used as ingredients for our culinary classes or for delicious meals for events. Much of it is used for food-to-go offered in our seasonal deli in the Farm Market. During the summer, the kitchen staff preserves berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other warm season crops to enjoy during the winter. Produce is also distributed a number of ways in our community. Some is donated each week to a local organization that distributes food to families in need. We sell some of the harvest produce through Farmstand Local Foods to local restaurants and businesses. We’re also happy to sell bulk produce to home canners who pre-order to make sure they have the quantities and varieties they need.