WOODINVILLE, Wash. – Connect with farming in an urban environment by attending the next Farm Walk at the 21 Acres Agriculture and Environmental Learning Center on August 18.
Explore the farm at 21 Acres and see how the site is being utilized for research, experimentation and education, while producing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for sale through local direct marketing avenues. Visitors will tour the sustainable farm and future site of the multi-purpose Agriculture Center, with a focus on urban farming, green technology, and building urban community support for agriculture. Participants will learn about the construction of the permanent farmers market, integration of animal husbandry into an urban setting, alternative pest management, and the on-site community gardens.
The farm, an official Washington State University BIOAg site, has served as a destination for hundreds of school children, college students, and citizens interested in learning more about agriculture. This farm also serves as a hands-on learning site for WSU’s Cultivating Success program where beginning farmers can experience agriculture directly from seed to sale.
Farmer Vincent Felice thinks the opportunities for community involvement at the two-year-old farm are plentiful. “21 Acres is an interesting place to see what a ‘new’ farm looks like. This is a completely open farm space with a unique mission to engage the community at all levels. We have a very young farm team, without traditions or routines, ready to try new things,” said Felice.
This farmer-to-farmer learning experience allows time for questions and answers at an advanced level, and an opportunity for farmers to share practices and strategies being used and the logic behind them.
Community members are welcome to attend.
The Farm Walk is Monday, August 18 from noon to 3:30. 21 Acres is located at 13701 NE 171st Street in Woodinville. Directions and farm information is available at www.21acres.org. The cost is $10.00 for Tilth Producers members and $15.00 for non-members. Register on-site or pre-register by mailing a check to Tilth Producers, PO Box 85056, Seattle, WA 98145. Brown bag lunch recommended. Beverages provided.
Details about all Farm Walks are available at www.tilthproducers.org and www.smallfarms.wsu.edu. The Farm Walk is sponsored by Tilth Producers of Washington and the Washington State University Small Farms Team.