Support Elk Run Farm for 2018!


Dear Farm Friends,

Elk Run Farm grows fresh fruits and vegetables for the food banks in the South King County Food Coalition. The farm sits on a former golf course in the heart of the suburbs of King County where the land would otherwise go unused. Produce grown at Elk Run Farm is donated to community members who can least afford it and live in areas where access to healthy food is limited. The farm helps to increase availability of healthy foods for families that visit the food banks while promoting sustainable urban agriculture.

As a nonprofit farm, Elk Run Farm relies solely on the contributions and awards garnered from grants, generous donations from our community, and the many volunteers that built the farm from the ground up. Most of the necessary infrastructure was even funded by Rotary Clubs of District 5030 without which the farm would not be able to grow as much food as we do now. Keep their investment and hard work alive by supporting Elk Run Farm for the 2018 growing season! Your support will directly fund six areas of the farm’s work:

  1. Growing Food for the Food Banks
  2. High School Education
  3. Field Trips
  4. Adult Education
  5. Environmental Stewardship
  6. Social Justice and Anti-Poverty Work

Check out the fundraiser to read more about our plans for each area of work!


To show our appreciation, we have a variety of Elk Run Farm-themed rewards for all levels of giving. Some of these include a limited edition set of Elk Run Farm postcards, a jar of raw honey from our honey bee hives, a farm picnic for four, and even a comprehensive garden design consult by our farm and field managers!

Click here to donate! 

Can’t contribute financially? Please share this fundraiser widely with friends and family!

We kindly ask that you consider supporting us through a gift of your choice. We believe that all residents of South King County should have equal access to food that truly nourishes the mind and body regardless of their income. With your contributions, we can continue to make this vision a reality and better serve all community members in our region.


The Elk Run Farm team


Introducing Tina White, Program Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA Year 3


Tina White: Elk Run Farm’s Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA Year 3

Tina is a passionate advocate for a just and sustainable food system that nourishes the individual, our communities, our food producers and the earth.

Her love for food began during her childhood through good ol’ Mom’s (and Grandma’s) cooking. She grew up on the southern island of Okinawa, Japan where, like many islands, much of the food available was locally produced and was one aspect of a distinct cultural identity. Not only does she think Okinawan cuisine is the most delicious thing in the world, it gives her a strong and tangible link to her Okinawan roots and family.

At 18, Tina moved to Seattle excited to start college at the University of Washington and to really explore her Washingtonian roots for the first time. She studied communication and fine arts while also learning about the Washington food system in the context of the larger American food system. Through college classes and her involvement with Husky Real Food Challenge (HRFC), she found that it needed a lot of work.  Food is what connects her so closely to her culture and she wanted to feel the same cultural pride for Washington. So she got to work.

 With HRFC, she worked to organize students, faculty and administration around a policy to bring more ‘real food’ (local, fair, humane and ecologically sound) on campus while also conducting a university food audit with her team members to see how much real food UW already sourced. Upon graduation, Tina decided to continue working with the local food system. She joined the Mercer Island Farmers Market helping the market manager build a stronger, more direct connection between consumers, food producers and farmers in WA state for two seasons. Now at Elk Run Farm, she is excited to learn more about the emergency food system and how to best support the communities most vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty in South King County.

Tina is inspired by community storytelling and the resiliency of the producers in our food system. As the last VISTA working with Elk Run Farm, she hopes to bring sustainability to the programs that Jessica and Maggie (former VISTAs) helped to implement and to support Elk Run Farm in its first steps in youth development.

Contact Tina at on how to be involved at the farm, any burning questions about food justice and the best farmers market stands in King County (in her opinion).

Spring Updates

The farm is FINALLY starting to feel like a real farm. We have made so much progress on key pieces of infrastructure in the last month that I still find myself looking around in wonder.

We had another amazing AmeriCorps NCCC team out this year, for 2 ½ weeks, and the progress that they made has surpassed every expectation that I had for them.

They build us a washing/packing shed (really a pole barn) from scratch. This included augering holes, mixing and pouring concrete, setting posts, building a roof, and putting on roofing panels. It will be a bustling station on the farm, where we bring freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to get washed, cooled down, and put into boxes and crates for delivery to food banks.

They cleared an entire hill of blackberries, and led community members in the planting of 16 grapes, 70 raspberries, and 75 blueberries on the farm.


They built the frame for our greenhouse, including learning how to frame the end-walls out with lumber (shout out to Robin from Public Health for leading all the construction work)! It will be skinned with plastic soon,and we can have an indoor classroom space, as well as a place to start seeds for the field.

They painted and decorated a shed kit that is our new office on farm. We had our first official meeting in it yesterday, and I can’t wait to finish the interior, and have a contemplative and productive weatherproof space on the farm.


In addition to the NCCC, we have been working with an amazing fence contractor from the Auburn Rotary Club, who is incredibly close to finishing our deer/elk fence. It really defines the space and helps in feel like a functioning farm (in addition to keeping pesky animals out of our vegetables).

All in all, I am still kind of in awe of how far we have come since last year at this time. Last April, we had no buildings, no beds built, and just a dream on paper. It is my supreme delight to see that dream start to come to life, little by little.

Notes from the Field: Seeds of Hope


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?


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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