Notes from the Field: Seeds of Hope

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10,000 years ago, humans started farming, and it fundamentally changed our relationship with the world around us. When we left behind a nomadic life, and stayed in one place long enough to see a crop from planting to harvest, it led to the creation of towns, cities, governments, and all the other things that go into a stationary community. At the heart of all that change was seeds.

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Elk Run: A New Agrihood?

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In recent years, many city dwellers and suburbanites have become more and more concerned with where their food comes from. People want to regain a lost connection with the land and the people that grow their produce, as evidenced by the rising popularity of farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). For many, farming represents an idyllically rustic occupation, a way of being in touch with nature that has been forgotten amidst the hustle and bustle of city living.

But how does this romantic view of farming hold up when it is being practiced right in your own backyard? Is farmland considered to be just as pastoral when it doesn’t exist in the countryside, but in the middle of a housing development?

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Tool Drive

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Elk Run Farm is having a tool drive! If you are finding yourself with some unwanted gardening or shop tools as the season winds down, please consider donating them to Elk Run to help us build infrastructure and get ready to put veggies in the ground next season. The Maple Valley Food Bank is very generously serving as a drop-off site, and will be accepting donations through Saturday, September 12th.
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