Discover what makes our farm unique
Come explore and see firsthand all of the features of our working farm. From the garden shed that was the first building constructed on the 21 Acres site, to the apiary where our bees return from their work pollinating the Valley, to the children’s and veterans’ garden areas to our row crops growing in our Certified Organic acreage. No matter the season, there is always something interesting to see. Visitors who walk to the furthest point of the farm are treated to a vista of Mt. Rainier to the south, the exuberance of the two community gardens and a glimpse of the weather station to the north.
Take a self-guided tour the farm during our farm hours or join us for a scheduled farm walk with an expert guide.
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- Feel free to walk the farm paths when the gate is open
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dawn - dusk
The Garden Shed served as an early demonstration of many sustainable construction principles later incorporated in today’s larger Center. 21 Acres staff and volunteers built the shed with recycled materials, including salvaged concrete. It is naturally lit through the south-facing windows, which also provide passive solar heating. A vine trellis creates shade keeping the structure cool. The walls are constructed with cellulose insulation made from recycled denim. The shed has its own living roof, which filters rainwater and serves as wildlife habitat.
Our small apiary is home to our honeybees and beehives and a constant reminder of the critically important role that pollination plays in the growing of food. The apiary is a valued stop during farm tours and youth summer farm camps. During a good season, the honeybees also provide over 200 pounds of honey that sells quickly in the 21 Acres Farm Market. Whether you are 2 years old or 92, everyone who visits has an opportunity to learn more about how honeybees make the food we love.
We propagate plants in our nascent plant nursery as the first phase of providing education related to natural area restoration work. We propagate a variety of native, perennial, edible, and medicinal plant stock to use on the farm and in the kitchen. We choose plants that provide a variety of ecosystem services including erosion control and conservation buffers, possess characteristics like low maintenance, disease resistance, drought tolerance, and are beautiful!
21 Acres has been pleased to provide a long term home for two community gardens. They are prolific – be sure to see them on your next visit. We’re excited about providing a place for people to garden: In addition to infrastructure such as access to water and compost, 21 Acres offers gardeners education about conservation and compost and serves as a general resource. If you’re interested in a garden plot, contact these groups directly.
Anya’s Garden is the focal point of our YOUTH EDUCATION PROGRAM. It’s the place where nature, agriculture, and whimsy combine to provide visitors with a memorable, multi-sensory experience. From the vermiculture composting bins to the absolutely explosive displays of flora and the crop variety trials, everyone will take home a greater appreciation for how food is grown, how it gets to your table, and the amazing changes that take place during the growing season.
Veteran's Half Acre
The Veterans Half-Acre Garden at 21 Acres is dedicated to self-reflection, community connections, and youth education and development. The garden fosters a deeper appreciation for eco-therapies in several forms – education, agriculture, habitat restoration, horticulture, or simply nature-based connections.
Learn More about ongoing programs and how you can participate.
On the farm, we host one of the 178 automated AgWeatherNet weather stations that help feed information into systems that farmers rely on to make decisions about day-to-day operations. These stations, monitored by Washington State University, collect local data, including air temperature, relative humidity, dew point temperature, rainfall, wind speed, solar radiation, and more. Our station, installed in 2008, has collected a lot of information over the years. You can see the current weather at 21 Acres right now, or explore the data collected by our station and other stations around the state on the AgWeatherNet site.