South King County Food Coalition
The South King County Food Coalition is made up of twelve food banks serving the South King County area. We are currently moving forward of the creation of a community food center and farm on roughly four acres of land, formerly part of the Elk Run golf course. With support from the owners of Elk Run, the City of Maple Valley, King County, local food bank directors, and the United Way of King County, the project looks promising.
The future Elk Run Farm has the potential to:
– Produce and distribute roughly 60,000 lbs. of fresh, organic produce to the South King County emergency food system, increasing the food security of some of our region’s most vulnerable residents.
– Host a field trip program and introduce thousands of Pre-K through high school students to hands on organic farming and gardening, nutrition, and environmental stewardship.
– Host employment training programs for youth, elders, immigrant and refugee communities, and other groups with higher than average barriers to employment or who are experiencing food insecurity.
– Introduce elements of local food system economic growth into Kentlake, Kentwood, and the future Tahoma High Schools as well as the community learning center campus planned for the land across the street from the potential farm site.
– Improve the public safety of the area in which the farm is located through community stewardship, increased eyes on the property, and community connection with the land.
Read more about what's going on at the farm here.