Elk Run Farm grows fresh fruits and vegetables for the South King County Food Coalition. We believe that residents of South King County should have equal access to local, sustainably grown and nutritious produce regardless of income. Elk Run Farm’s vision is to provide year-round produce for our member food banks that is diverse, nutritious, and familiar to food bank clients. Success would look like clients having the same access to abundance usually reserved for a local farmers market.
Elk Run Farm is a partnership between the South King County Food Coalition, Seattle-King County Public Health, Rotary First Harvest, WSU Extension, Highline College, Tahoma High School and Auburn Mt. View High School that addresses inequitable access to healthy foods for low-income families while promoting sustainable urban agriculture and new markets for local produce. Produce grown at Elk Run Farm, a former golf course, is distributed through South King County food banks to those in the community who can least afford it and live in areas where access to healthy food is limited.
Besides growing good food, Elk Run Farm is also involved in community outreach and education. Partnering with local schools in Maple Valley, Kent, Auburn, etc., Elk Run Farm directly address barriers to education, health, and success in the local youth community through onsite programming. By developing a farm that brings underutilized land into production and engages youth in agriculture, the South King County Food Coalition increases access to healthy food among limited-income communities.
South King County Food Coalition
Read more about what's going on at the farm here.