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
Spring has sprung on the farm! Seedlings are sown in the greenhouse and sprouting — calling to be put into the fields. Transplants have been set in some fields and drip tape has been laid. The Soil Team has repaired all high tunnels and made improvements when they could. We have a new tunnel just for Jess to propagate her native plants. Anthony and Aaron have installed wobblers — a super efficient way to irrigate that minimizes water use and gives plants just the right amount of water when they need it. Emily is tidying up the youth education garden — getting ready for the next wave of summer camp kids to learn in her outdoor classroom. It’s an exciting time on the farm, while also a strange time. Without the hundreds of volunteers who come to learn about farming and pitch in and help, things are quiet, very quiet. We miss these incredible people and can’t wait to have them back once things return to some semblance of normal.
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 volunteer educational programs. Produce is also used for food-to-go offered in our seasonal deli in the Farm Market. We pair delicious dishes with recipes, tips and cooking ideas for people to learn how to make tasty food at home. There’s no better way to educate about the value of local food than by eating it! During the summer, the kitchen staff preserves berries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other warm season crops to enjoy during the winter while also teaching people how to can their own food. 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 also provide some of the harvest through Farmstand Local Foods, a regional food hub, to nonprofit organizations. And, we’re most happy to provide bulk produce to home canners who pre-order to make sure they have the quantities and varieties they need.