Formed in May of 2000, the Mother Earth Farm is an eight-acre organic farm located in the lush Puyallup Valley. The Farm produces over 150,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each growing season—all of which is distributed directly to local food banks and hot meal programs. Produce from the Farm is in the hands of food bank clients within eight hours of being harvested.
This project was developed to provide a stable, internal source of fresh food for EFN and the food programs it serves. It is a working farm that relies primarily on volunteers from a cross-section of the community to operate. These volunteers prepare the land for cultivation, plant seeds, weed the fields and harvest the food throughout the growing season. Once the food is harvested it is immediately available for Pierce County feeding programs, often arriving within hours of harvesting. As a result, the clients receiving this food are being provided with a source of fresh, organic produce that is nutrient-rich and locally grown.
The Mother Earth Farm incorporates an educational component for area youth and adults. It illustrates more than any other of Emergency Food Network’s programs the diverse community engaged in the fight against local hunger. Agencies and schools, such as First Place for Children and the Puyallup School District use the farm as an opportunity to plant and study various fruits and vegetables. Six local school districts and three universities incorporate their Farm experiences into their curricula. Valuable partnerships are also in place with L’ Arche Farm & Gardens and the Washington Correctional Center for Women at Purdy providing job training for developmentally disabled adults and women inmates, respectively. The Farm also welcomes scores of corporate, civic and church work teams throughout the growing season.
The more people we welcome to the Farm, the more people we engage in the conversation of local hunger. This, in turn, brings us closer to solving the problem by creating new volunteers, new donors and new advocates.
To volunteer at the Farm, Stephanie Genton at (253) 584-1040 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact the Farm Manager, Canyon Little, (253) 495-9363 or email@example.com.
Directions to Mother Earth Farm
From I-5 north or south—Take Hwy. 512 (to Puyallup) and follow signs east to Highway 410 East (Yakima/Sumner) exit. Follow 410 to second Sumner exit (Valley Avenue/Orting-Highway 162); and turn right at stoplight at end of exit ramp (toward Orting). Drive approximately 1.9 miles (past Alderton and Spooner Farms) to 102nd. Look for gravel road on left—Mother Earth Farm sign will be at entrance to 102nd. Farm is at the end of the gravel road on the right.
Mother Earth Farm
15208 102nd St E, Puyallup 98374