Veggie Co-op

About

The Veggie Co-op is a volunteer-run program managed by the Pierce Conservation District (PCD) through its program Harvest Pierce County that coordinates individuals to come together as a community to grow food on a farm scale on land provided by the Franklin Pierce School District on E 96th and Waller Road in Tacoma, WA. 

 
Registration for next season will be open from
  December 1st, 2016-January 31st 2017.
 
  Click here to register for the 2017 Veggie Co-op season.

   

Volunteering at Veggie Co- op:
 

Volunteers attend weekly work parties where they work, grow, and learn as a group, instead of stewarding rows individually as typical in most community gardens. The produce is divided 50/50 among emergency food sites and volunteers. Veggie Co-op is a free program and is open to all participants.

At Veggie Co-op there is a job for everyone! Do keep in mind this is a small-scale working farm and most jobs are rather physical. Proper lifting techniques are taught and encouraged. A typical work party includes a range of jobs that one may choose according to their ability. A typical work day may require you to seed trays, rake, shovel, hoe, dig, plant, weed, water, prune, or haul farm trimmings.

As a Veggie Co- op member you will:

  • Learn agricultural/farming/gardening skills
  •  Donate 50% of the food grown to food banks, meal sites, and other community organizations
  •  Receive a weekly, evenly divided share of the harvest
  • Work closely with a group of fellow volunteers and experience a whole growing season!

As a Veggie Co-op Member you will commit to:

  • Attending at least one work party a week (3 hours) Note: Participants are allowed to miss up to 9 weeks over the course of the season
  • Commit to the whole growing season (February-mid November)
  • Work with other participants in a communal environment.

Questions?
Contact Mason Durfee, Harvest Pierce County Program Specialist
(MasonD@piercecountycd.org)