Our Certified Organic farm is at the heart of everything we do. It’s the reason we are all here — why the land was first secured long ago as part of King County’s Agriculture Preservation Program. It is a source of inspiration for our staff, volunteers and for the entire community to embrace. Our work revolves around the food we grow, and the farm practices that we employ to regenerate soil and contribute to climate solutions.
What’s Happening on the Farm
Wow! What a summer it has been! We’ve been so incredibly busy that we haven’t had time to write much here. We’ve finally finished hiring our last team member for the farm “soil team.” This great group of four incredibly knowledgeable farmers and landscape professionals are accomplishing a lot. The buckwheat cover crop has been sown; we’re mulching like crazy; planting greens for fall harvest; irrigating when necessary and even managing to do a little revisioning of a plan for the youth education garden. We’ve incubated five new chicks who are growing quickly. Come for a visit and see all the good that’s happening. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find time to write more soon.
Where does the food go?
Much 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 in 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.