Harvest Pierce County

Read the latest from Harvest Pierce County: includes updates on our Gleaning Project, Community Gardens, and more!

Jan 30

Edible Gardens Workshop Registration Now Open

Posted on January 30, 2023 at 2:25 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

Three pairs of hands helping to plant a leafy green vegetable.

Interested in learning the basics of successful vegetable gardening in the Pacific Northwest? 

Educators from Harvest Pierce County and Pierce County Planning and Public Works offer gardening knowledge through Edible Garden Workshops. This is a series of online and in-person courses

Course topics range from:

  • caring for fruit trees
  • seed starting
  • container gardening, 
  • composting, fall and winter gardening 
  • much more

Register online to secure your place in this amazing educational opportunity.

For more information about the Edible Gardens Workshops please visit our the Edible Gardens Workshop page.

Nov 30

Bountiful Appreciation for 2022 Branch Leaders

Posted on November 30, 2022 at 2:47 PM by Camila Matamala-Ost

A branch leader stands midway up a ladder harvesting fruit from a tree.Branch Leaders work closely with the Harvest Pierce County team to assess fruit trees in Pierce County for pest and disease issues. When they find fruit that is ripe for picking, they step up to lead urban fruit harvests that are donated to local food banks. All in all, our Branch Leaders play an integral role in helping feed our community. Despite a low production year for fruit trees (due to the uncommonly wet spring) our Branch Leaders, some new and some seasoned veterans, collectively harvested over 25,000 lbs of fresh produce. That is several thousand pounds redirected from the waste stream and shared with our neighbors in need. 

We full heartedly thank our 2022 Branch Leaders for taking on this awesome task! Hope to see you all again next year.

To learn more about Harvest Pierce County’s Gleaning Project or to become a 2023 Branch Leader please visit our website at www.PierceCountyGleaningProject.org

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. 


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.


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