Farm at Franklin Pierce

The Farm is located on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people, specifically the Puyallup Tribe (spuyalÉ™pabš). We thank the original caretakers of this land, past, present, and future, and hope that our work here honors their legacy of care, respect, and reciprocity. 

The Farm is an 8-acre educational site, including wetland and native restoration planting areas, an orchard, and 2 acres of vegetables. We host daily high schools classes from each high school in the district, weekly volunteer community days, weekly adult farming classes taught by Harvest Pierce County, field trips and farm visits throughout the season, and a community garden managed by Harvest Pierce County that is open to anyone. 

Last year, students and volunteers grew over 50,000 pounds of produce for our school cafeterias, students and their families, volunteers, and our community!

Come grow with us! Read below for opportunities to get involved with the Farm!

Come Grow With Us!

Community Days

Community Days are open to everyone! All ages and abilities welcome!

10am-1pm every Friday and Saturday from April-September. Feel free to drop in, or stay the whole time.

Community days are a chance for anyone to come visit the Farm. We start with a quick farm tour, then we all work together to complete a farm task. This could be anything from planting seeds to harvesting to moving tarps, and there are options for all levels of ability. Everyone gets to take home a share of the Farm's bounty.

 

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High school classes at the Farm

Ecosystem Design high school classes: students from Franklin Pierce and Washington high schools come to The Farm every day to learn about biology, global food systems, ecology, and agriculture.

Roots program: students from GATES come to The Farm each day to learn biology, ecology, global food systems, 21st Century skills, hands-on leadership skills, and agriculture.

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Farm Foundations adult farming class

Designed to give participants a full season farm internship experience without a full-time commitment, this training will combine classroom learning with hands on skill building. Farm Foundations will give participants an introduction to ecosystem theory and agro-ecology, soil and plant science, as well as farm planning and management. Each week participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through physical farm work and observation. A share of the farm's harvest will be provided to each program participant throughout the course of the season.

Visit Harvest Pierce County for more information.

Field trips and farm visits

All classes are invited to visit the Farm to learn about the naturally-occurring and human-made ecosystems here on the Farm, the tools and systems we use to grow food, conversations about plant biology, ecology, food sovereignty, the global food system, and other concepts. Field trips usually consist of a detailed farm tour, an immersive, in-depth learning experience tailored to each group's needs, and an opportunity to participate in planting or harvesting produce.

Farm visits are also available to other organizations and community groups.

Schedule a farm visit or field trip here.

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Community Garden

The Farm is home to a community garden, managed by Harvest Pierce County. Anyone can sign up for a raised garden plot for the season.

Visit Harvest Pierce County to learn more.

Summer Student Crew

We hire 8 students over the summer to help us run the farm. Together, we plant seeds, transplant veggies, weed, harvest and wash for CSA shares, the Eastside Farmers Market, summer meals sites, and the Eastside Nourish food bank. Our crew enjoys managing the farmers market booth, learning to operate the big tractor and the walk-behind tractor, and cooking pizza together every week. Students are paid and also get partial school credit.

Contact Emily at estrong@fpschools.org to apply or learn more.

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