Harvest Pierce County

Harvest Pierce County - A program of Piece Conservation District
Harvest Pierce County is the Urban Agriculture wing of Pierce Conservation District. With a focus on justice, connection, and equity, Harvest Pierce County's vision is that our region has a thriving community engaged in a just and healthy food system. This is accomplished through reconnecting communities to each other and their food systems through gardening, gleaning, and educating Pierce County about their food and food systems. 

  1. Community Food Projects

    Find out about community gardens, orchards, food forests in Pierce County.

  2. Gleaning Project

    Connects volunteers with fruit tree owners and farmers to harvest and share fresh food that would otherwise go to waste.

  3. Events & Education

    Take a look at upcoming events for the Harvest Project.

History
While Community Gardening has been an activity enjoyed by residents of Tacoma and Pierce County for decades, our program was founded in 2010 through a collaborative effort led by the ACHIEVE coalition to support the garden community. The City of Tacoma took a leadership role in creating a position to support the efforts of community gardeners county-wide. Initially housed at Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy) as a pilot project, in 2012 the program was established as a  permanent program of the Pierce Conservation District.  A year later, in 2013, the Gleaning Project (previously housed at the St. Leo’s Food Connection and the Emergency Food Network) was adopted by the program. In early 2014, we launched our new name, Harvest Pierce County. As an organization we work to
create a  community of  abundance through reconnecting people to their food system and to each other.                                                                                    

Steering Committee Members
  • Stephanie Leisle, Chair, Pierce County Public Works
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  • Monty Smith, Vice-chair, Northwest Leadership Foundation
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  • Joe Brady, Tacoma Metro Parks
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  • Stephanie Cholmondeley, Tillicum Community Garden
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  • Kathleen MacGuire, Tacoma Pierce County Health Department
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  • Ryan Mello, Pierce Conservation District
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  • Hal Meng, Franklin Park and Point Defiance-Ruston Senior Center
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  • Barbara Menne, Junett Community Garden
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  • Andy Mordhorst, Manito Community Garden
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  • Scott Seitz, University Place Community Garden
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  • Dan Thompson, Chair - membership subcommittee, City of Tacoma
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  • Kerri Wilson, WSU Master Gardner Program
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