Nov 02

Only a Couple Weeks Left to Apply to Farm Foundations!

Posted on November 2, 2022 at 2:41 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

November 15th is the last day to apply to Harvest Pierce County’s Farm Foundations to be considered for the 2023 cohort.

Four people stand in paths between rows of young tomato plants in a greenhouse.


What is Farm Foundations?

Farm Foundations is a free farmer training that combines classroom and hands-on field learning. It gives participants a full season farm internship experience without a full-time commitment.

Participants will gain knowledge in 

  • soil science 
  • plant biology 
  • farm planning and management (which includes pest control and irrigation) 
  • many other farm topics  

Each week participants have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through on-site farm work while building relationships amongst their cohort. 

Participants also get to enjoy the crops they plant. A share of the farm's harvest will be provided to each program participant throughout the course of the season. 

Interested?

For more information about Farm Foundation please visit our Farm Foundations Training and Incubator webpage.

Already Convinced?

Use the online application form to apply today.

Questions?

For questions or more information about the program please reach out to Erica Hernandez at ericah@piercecd.org 

Oct 03

Apply to be Part of the 2023 Farm Foundations Cohort

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 5:45 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Aerial view of four light-skinned people holding a handful of bean seeds in the palm of their handsFarm Foundations, a program of Harvest Pierce County, is accepting applications for our 2023 cohort starting October 1st

Farm Foundations is a free training that combines classroom learning with hands on skill building. It is designed to give participants a full season farm internship experience without a full-time commitment. 

Participants will gain knowledge in soil and plant science, farm planning and management, and get an introduction to ecosystem theory and agro-ecology. Each week participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through physical farm work and observation while building relationships with other interested participants in their cohort. 

A share of the farm's harvest will be provided to each program participant throughout the course of the season. 

For more information about Farm Foundation please visit our website at Farm Foundations Training and Incubator | Pierce Conservation District, WA (piercecd.org)

Oct 03

Wrapping Up Our Gleaning Season with Gratitude

Posted on October 3, 2022 at 5:39 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Farmer Rawley Johnson holds a large bundle of freshly harvested kale.
Farmer Rawley Johnson holds a large bundle of freshly harvested kale.

While we still have a few weeks to go, the end of the gleaning season is in sight. We wanted to take a moment to thank farmer Rawley Johnson of Early Bird Farm who collaborated with our glean team on a weekly basis throughout the season to offer fresh produce from his farm. With still another five weeks left, our glean team has thus far been able to harvest close to 4,500 lbs of food that’s been donated to local food banks other and food security programs. A big thank you to Farmer Rawley for welcoming us on to his land, and generously giving the abundance of his harvest to help feed our community.

We also want to thank all the wonderful people who signed up as gleaning volunteers, our summer intern Soumya, and our dedicated Branch Leaders for consistently showing up to help us lovingly harvest all manner of delicious vegetables and herbs to help feed our community members in need. We simply couldn’t do this work with you and we appreciate you immensely.

To learn more about our Gleaning Project, apply to be a gleaning volunteer, and/or help us with remaining end of season gleans please visit www.piercecountygleaningproject.org

To learn more about Early Bird Farm please visit http://www.earlybirdfarmer.com