Mother Earth Farm

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Mother Earth Farm is an 8-acre organic farm located in the beautiful Puyallup Valley. The farm distributes close to 100,000 pounds of fresh fruit, vegetables, and honey for distribution to local food banks and meal sites. Food from the farm is available to food banks within 24-hours of harvest.

It would not be possible to provide this fresh food option to people in need without the help from volunteers. In the spring, volunteers at the farm assist with seeding, weeding, and irrigation. In the summer and fall, the focus is on weeding and harvesting.

2015 Mother Earth Farm Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Click on the links to learn more and register! 

Draft Horse Plow
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Join us out on the farm this April for our annual draft horse plow! You’ll have a chance to watch horses till and fertilize our fields, check out the greenhouse while it’s full of starts, and admire the start of spring in our orchard. Bring the whole family!

Volunteer Supported Agriculture
Classes Start on April 25, 2015
Help sustain the work of Mother Earth Farm while getting an education in organic gardening! This is a new program that will offer training and classes to volunteers who would like to learn how to grow food organically. In exchange, volunteers will be asked to work a minimum number of hours at the farm throughout the summer.

Youth Days
Saturday, June 6 & Friday, August 28, 2015
Youths age 8-15 are invited to participate in a half-day outdoor classroom experience to learn about the day-to-day activities that take place at the farm and the importance of preserving the Puyallup Valley’s pristine farmland. Youths will also have the opportunity to be a volunteer at the farm and help make a difference to food-insecure residents in our community. Youths need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Commemoration of Doreen Johnson, Farm Donor
Saturday, July 25, 2015 – more details coming soon!
Please come help us celebrate Doreen Johnson, a member of our community who stepped up fifteen years ago to offer the Emergency Food Network eight acres to grow food for food banks. Though Doreen has passed, her legacy lives on in her family’s continued support of Mother Earth Farm. To mark our appreciation and the fifteenth year of this relationship, this July we’ll be dedicating our bountiful orchard to her memory.

Weed Dating
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Get dirty and meet someone! Mother Earth Farm is hosting our first ever weed dating, a chance to help out your community and connect with new friends… or more! The afternoon will start with a tour of the farm and after a brief demo, we’ll divide and conquer those pesky weeds, rotating sections so that everyone has a chance to chat. We’ll end the day with a free happy hour and a big thanks to all. The minimum age to participate is 21.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Fridays and Saturdays, May – September 2015
Come out for one day a month or once a week! Helping hands are needed on most Fridays and Saturdays between May – September with a morning session (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) and an afternoon session (12:30 – 3:30 pm) available. Check out our Volunteer Calendar here.

Frequently Asked Questions for Volunteers

Where is Mother Earth Farm?
Mother Earth Farm is located approximately 5 miles southeast of downtown Puyallup, Washington (just north of Orting on Hwy 162). Directions to the farm are provided with registration.

Is experience required?
No experience is needed to volunteer at the farm. EFN staff will be on site to provide you with training and supervision. Gloves and tools will be provided. Bring a lunch and enjoy the picnic area.

Can I bring a group?
Volunteering at Mother Earth Farm is a great opportunity for business, civic, and school groups to work together while giving back to our community. Group sizes up to 25 can be accommodated. If you have a larger group, we may be able to accommodate you. Please contact us to see if there are projects available.

Is there a minimum age?
Families and youth groups of all all ages are welcome to volunteer at the farm.

How to register?
Space is limited and registration is required. To volunteer at the farm, please call our Volunteer Coordinator at (253) 584-1040 or e-mail volunteer@efoodnet.org.