Groups around Puget Sound and in Washington State
Non-Profit and Community Organizations
The Alleycat Acres Urban Farming Collective is a Seattle-wide collective of city residents who are looking to transform underutilized spaces and vacant lots into bite-sized farms packed with fresh produce to power a sliding scale CSA for under served families.
The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) is North America’s fastest growing network of socially responsible businesses, comprised of over 80 community networks representing over 21,000 independent business members across the U.S. and Canada. Many of these networks are working to strengthen their local food systems, with programs connecting local farmers with local chefs and local residents, community-supported agriculture, food business incubators, and other innovations.
Cascade Harvest Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to “re-localizing” the food system in Washington State by more directly connecting consumers and producers.
City Fruit works neighborhood by neighborhood to help residential tree owners grow healthy fruit, to harvest and use what they can, and to share what they don’t need. City Fruit collaborates with others involved in local food production, climate protection, horticulture, food security and community-building to protect and optimize urban fruit trees.
The Clean Greens Farm and Market is growing and delivering clean, healthy, and fair produce for everyone at reasonable prices.
Community Alliance for Global Justice is an alliance of individuals and organizations working in Seattle and the region who believe the global economy should embody the core values of social justice, food justice, environmental sustainability, democracy and self-determination. We aim to transform the global economy by identifying local and global impacts of trade and monetary institutions, by using education, grassroots mobilization, media and legislative strategies, and by building solidarity across diverse movements
Community Harvest of Southwest Seattle, who manage a website called Glean It, believe that the community has resources for affordable access to fresh local fruits and vegetables for everyone. Through their programs they create stronger connections and a healthier community.
Community Kitchens promote local food security by giving participants the time, equipment, guidance and assistance necessary to prepare healthy meals in a busy world. The Community Kitchen NW website provides resources on how to find or even start a kitchen in your own neighborhood.
C4C brings culturally, ethnically, and linguistically appropriate engagement and participation into its work. Our teams and partners are focused on developing Green Collar employment opportunities, diverse and accessible urban ecology education and training, preparing minority teens for urban and rural environmental Vista and AmeriCorp positions, personal career development, and community capacity building programs that align and support the Smart Growth, Green Cities, Waste & Water Reduction, and Sustainability Plans of local and regional municipalities.
EOS Alliance organizes workshops, tours, and other events for the local community to raise awareness of environmental issues. Visit their blog to find out what’s currently scheduled.
Food Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in Western Washington. Food Lifeline makes every penny count. 93% of the food we receive from local, state and national contributors is donated, allowing us to provide nine dollars worth of food to hungry people for every donated dollar.
Friends of Piper’s Orchard is a group of neighbors, near and far, who love the Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park in Seattle, Washington. They work together with the help of Seattle Parks and the Carkeek Park Advisory Committee. Their web site is intended to foster community support for the Piper’s Orchard in Carkeek Park, sharing and preserving information about the orchard for its betterment.
“Got Green is bridging the gap between communities of color and low income communities and a progressive, ecologically aware future.”– Kamyu Turner, 21, Got Green Board Member. Founded in 2008 with sponsorship from the White Center Community Development Association, Got Green leads community organizing efforts, public policy advocacy, and job training programs to ensure that the benefits of the new, green economy –green jobs, access to healthy food, energy efficient homes, and public transit – are widely available to low income communities of color.
Great City is a strategic urban advocacy group that believes smart and responsible urbanism is the solution to many of the community’s social, economic, and environmental challenges. Great City also hosts the Seattle Network–a network of groups and forums intended to bring people together to exchange ideas and organize around civic issues.
Grow Food connects farmers interested in teaching with people interested in farming.
L’Arche Farm & Gardens is a Tacoma based non-profit organization that strives to offer a safe and welcoming environment that provides meaningful farm and garden work to persons with developmental disabilities.
Lettuce Link is an innovative gardening program of Solid Ground that distributes seeds, plant starts and gardening information to low-income gardeners. Additionally, they mobilize and support gardeners to plant an EXTRA row of produce for donation. They also cultivate a 1-acre Giving Garden at Marra Farm where they teach children about gardening and nutrition and they coordinate the Community Fruit Tree Harvest to harvest and deliver thousands of pounds of locally grown, unsprayed fruit to meal programs and food banks. To learn more, be sure to visit the Lettuce Link Blog.
The Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance (NFMA) is a community-based organization developed in response to the growing popularity and public support of the neighborhood Farmers Markets in Seattle. The NFMA’s mission is to support Washington’s small farms and farming families by providing effective direct sales sites for our region’s small farmers, and by educating consumers about local farm products and the benefits of buying direct from local farmers.
Pacific Bamboo Resources (PBR) unites citizens, students and professionals, and leaders in government, business and academics to pursue new ideas for sustainable community and economic development. Not solely a bamboo venture, PBR programs reflect creative social work for effective social change:
PCC Farmland Trust is an independent, community-supported 501(c)(3) land trust that secures, preserves and stewards threatened farmland in the Northwest, to ensure that generations of local farmers productively farm it using sustainable, organic growing methods. The Trust takes its mission one step further than most land trusts by working to place farmers on the property, actively producing food for the local community.
P-Patch Trust works to acquire, build, preserve and protect community gardens in Seattle’s neighborhoods. Through, advocacy, leadership and partnerships, The Trust expands access to community gardening across economic, racial, ethnic, ability and gender lines; promotes organic gardening and builds community through gardening.
The mission of the Puget Sound Food Network (PSFN) is to increase the production, distribution, and consumption of regionally produced food. PSFN enables real-time communication between food producers, consumers, and other participants in the Puget Sound regional food system — and facilitates online food-related transactions.
The Puget Sound School Gardens Collective represents a group of dedicated educators and volunteers working in school gardens across the Puget Sound region. The group offers a venue to share stories, resources and support.
Queen Anne Farmers Market is Seattle’s only independent farmers market, powered by a community that is passionate about great food and local farms.
SCALLOPS was founded in 2007 as a nonprofit network in order to advance regional sustainability by providing opportunities for area sustainability groups to build relationships, share resources and educate each other on the successes and challenges of pioneering grassroots change at the community level.
Food Banks are service sites that provide food and other household supplies to low-income and homeless people. The Seattle Human Services Department funds 17 food bank sites across Seattle.
Seattle Chefs Collaborative works with chefs and the greater food community to celebrate local foods and foster a more sustainable food supply. The Collaborative inspires action by translating information about food into tools for making knowledgeable purchasing decisions. Through these actions, members embrace seasonality, preserve diversity and traditional practices, and support local economies.
The Seattle Community Pantry project is an alternative to the existing corporate capitalist food distribution structure. The project is a network for sharing community grown, harvested, reclaimed, liberated, direct from farm and bulk-purchased foods.
The Seattle Farm Co-operative is group with over 300 members in the Seattle area that buy large amounts of chicken, goat, rabbit and turkey organic feed. The co-operative also supports a tool share program, offers classes on urban livestock and encourages information sharing and goods exchanges between members.
Seattle Free School offers free, seasonal canning and chicken keeping classes. The organization’s founder, Jessica, Dally, also offers classes at neighborhood farmers’ markets.
Seattle Market Gardens is a partnership between in-city farmers and consumers resulting in weekly deliveries of high-quality, farm-fresh, organic produce during the growing season.
A wiki that provides the latest news, events, and resources for Seattle’s permaculture community. To join the Seattle Permaculture Guild Tribe and participate in guild events, click here.
Seattle’s Table is one of Food Lifeline’s innovative food gathering programs helping to fill the plates of our hungry neighbors in need. This nationally recognized program recovers edible, prepared and perishable foods from local restaurants, caterers, grocery stores and other food service providers. Seattle’s Table drivers, agency staff, and volunteers deliver these donations of surplus, wholesome food to local meal programs on the same day, helping to serve the hungry individuals in our community. The program ensures this nutritious, fresh food that would otherwise be wasted, is given to those who need it most.
Seattle Tilth educates and inspires people to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community. Adults can take classes to learn how to grow their own food organically, raise backyard chickens, goats and bees, and develop healthy soil in an urban environment, or they can participate in our Master Composter/Soil Builder volunteer training and outreach program.
Seattle Tree Fruit Society brings together amateur growers – beginners to experts – from the Greater Seattle area who share an interest in growing fruit and nut trees, berries, kiwis, grapes, and other fruit. They offer information on adapted varieties, up-to-the-minute growing techniques, and share their experiences growing fruit. They are a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society.
Based in the University District, Seattle Youth Garden Works is a garden-based job skills training program for youth. Crew members learn how to plant, tend and harvest organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers from seed for market, as well as learn other valuable job skills such as writing a resume and preparing for an interview.
Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit, member supported organization that saves and shares heirloom seeds. It is the largest non-governmental seed bank in the United States, permanently maintaining more than 25,000 endangered vegetable varieties.
This organization shows building and design professionals how to use compost to reduce stormwater runoff, protect the region’s wetlands and grow healthier landscapes.
Solid Ground believes all people have the right to food, shelter, social justice and opportunities. Solid Ground’s Hunger Action Center is a group of food programs that support food banks and low-income communities with access to food and nutrition resources.
The focus of Sustainable Ballard’s garden and natural environment guild is to educate people about gardening sustainably with a particular interest in producing food in backyards, on roof tops, and in pea-patches and pots.
Sustainable Connections is a Bellingham based non-profit organization that operates a Food & Farming Program. This program works to inform, empower & provide resources to producers & buyers; make connections between farmers, institutions, retailers & restaurants; and raise awareness and support of local farms in Northwest Washington.
Sustainable NE Seattle is a multi-neighborhood organization, working together on various action projects in such areas as food security and growing local food, alternative transportation systems and neighborhood mapping, tree and habitat preservation, green building and energy efficiency. They maintain a very active urban farmers group, which can be accessed here.
Sustainable Wallingford organizes a neighborhood Community Kitchen, Friends of Fruit Trees group, and local Climate Action Network, among other things. Join their Ning group and connect with other like-minded members of the community.
Sustainable West Seattle educates and advocates for urban sustainability in the local community. They aim to provide resources and outreach for the West Seattle neighborhood on issues such as:
- Renewable Energy & Conservation
- Local Transportation Solutions
- Eating Locally
- Sustainable Health and Elder Care
- Water & Waste Reduction
- Community-Based Economics
- Green Space Conservation
WYFC aims to support, recruit and promote young farmers in Washington State through social events, workshops, crop mobs and raising awareness about key issues affecting young farmers ability to succeed. WYFC is part of the National Young Farmer’s Coalition.
WSFMA supports and promotes vibrant and sustainable farmers markets in Washington State. Their vision is to have a thriving and sustainable farmers market within reach of every resident in Washington State. WSFMA is a national leader in the movement to increase access to local foods through farmers markets.
The Washington Sustainable Food & Farming Network (The Network) uses education, organizing and advocacy to advance sustainable food and farming programs and policies in Washington State. Network members include farmers, environmental organizations, farmers’ markets, faith-based groups, the natural foods industry, farming organizations, community organizations, anti-hunger and nutrition advocates, food co-ops, educators, and individuals who are investing in a healthy future by supporting sustainable agriculture.
University and Government Supported Programs
King County hosts three community gardens in their parks system: Marymoor, White Center Heights and North Green River.
The overarching aim of the King County Food and Fitness Initiative (KCFFI) is to support healthy eating and active living among vulnerable children and their families by promoting environments that support healthy behaviors. One of their latest projects includes working with the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association to establish a fresh food outlet at the Super 24.
The Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAgE) Program within the Science and Math Division aims to address the environmental, ecological, socioeconomic, political and cultural issues related to sustainable food systems within and beyond the Puget Sound bioregion through student and community education and research, technological innovation and college-stakeholder partnerships.
Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods P-Patch Program, in conjunction with the not -for- profit P-Patch Trust, provides 70+ gardens for residents throughout Seattle. The community based program areas of the P-Patch Program are community gardening, market gardening, youth gardening, and community food security. These programs serve all citizens of Seattle with an emphasis on low-income and immigrant populations and youth. Our community gardens offer 1900 plot holders to serve more than 3800 urban gardeners on 23 acres of land.
Seattle Public Utilities aims to educate and support residents and businesses in their food composting efforts.
Makers and distributors of TAGRO, an award-winning, all-natural fertilizing product made from a blend of pasteurized wastewater byproducts called biosolids and other weed-free gardening components.
City of Tacoma’s Community Garden program provides gardening opportunities for the physical and social benefit of the people and neighborhoods of Tacoma.
The farm’s founding goal in 2004 was to educate the UW community about the global impacts of people’s everyday food choices. The farm now provides a model for reducing those impacts and serves as a tool to connect the UW community with where and how food is grown. It is a registered student organization (urban farmers, UW chapter) with over 250 members.
The University of Washington Tacoma is an urban campus located in downtown Tacoma with a strong commitment to our surrounding community. The Giving Garden project includes several raised bed gardens, which will grow fresh produce. This produce will be harvested and donated to Tacoma’s Good Neighbor Café, a facility providing breakfast and dinner to homeless and low-income individuals. The Giving Garden will serve as an example of affordable urban gardening, an educational research plot for determining best practices, and as a community resource for fresh produce.
The goal of the Washington State University Agricultural Research Center (ARC), the Agricultural Experiment Station of the State of Washington, is to promote research beneficial to the citizens of Washington. The ARC provides leadership in discovering and applying knowledge through high-quality research that contributes to a safe and abundant food, fiber and energy supply while enhancing the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems.
Small Businesses and Co-ops
We’re a commercial urban farm that markets organically produced vegetables, flowers, and honey through a Community Supported Agriculture model and offers consulting services to help develop viable urban farming projects. Our farm thrives in the city because it shares the resourceful, adaptable nature of its namesake. Amaranth Urban Farm produces delightful food and flowers, connects people to their place in the world, and sows seeds for the future of urban growers and eaters. Through an innovative arrangement with private landowners, Amaranth Urban Farm is based in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood, just 8 miles from the Space Needle.
2 Brown Chicks
2 Brown Chicks Family Farm seeks to supply working families with sustainable means to care for their families. Our products include nutritious and delicious fresh foods and produce as well as high quality, recycled rain barrels.
Ballard Bee Company offers beekeeping consultation, and beehive installation and maintenance. They also make their own honey, which is sold at retailers all around the Puget Sound region.
Cascadian Edible Landscapes is a growing landscape company whose mission is to produce beautiful and bountiful edible gardens and landscapes, and support the number of gardeners around Puget Sound. In addition to providing landscape services, they also partner with individuals and organizations to support food justice projects and are available to design and build community scale edible landscapes, aka garden nodes.
Cedar Grove takes valuable resources and converts them in to earth friendly compost used to replenish urban soils, minimize storm water run-off, conserve water and provide all-natural gardening solutions that minimize chemical usage and keep waterways healthy for salmon and other vital habitat communities.
The Goat Justice League provides information, educational classes and consulting on keeping goats in the City of Seattle.
Good Food Strategies is a consulting firm that provides public affairs, communications, grassroots outreach, and marketing services to advance “good food” policies, products, and consumer awareness.
For the growing season of 2010, Harvest Collective is launching its online marketplace, a venue where buyers and sellers can connect over fresh and local food produced here in our city. Harvest Collective is organized as a cooperative that is owned and operated by its producers. The producers are primarily Seattle’s urban farmers.
By exchanging directly from one neighbor to the other, it keeps food fresh, dollars within our own neighborhoods, and brings food directly from urban farms to kitchens, only miles from where it was produced.
Home Grown Organics is a landscaping company that creates spaces using recycled materials, native planting and organic gardening.
The Kitsap Community Food Co-op is working to build a consumer-owned cooperative grocery store. Their mission is to connect their local community with quality food, products and access to information that promotes a healthy future for their families and planet. Together, they strive to work toward a world where mutually beneficial relationships exist between producers and purchasers.
Central Co-op is a member-owned natural foods cooperative in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle dedicated to sustainable practices, community accountability, and the local food economy.
Located within the City of seattle, Magic Bean Farm is a CSA urban farm that grows lush gardens of vegetables, herbs, and flowers in yards and other available spaces to nurture ecological, nutrient dense food that’s both tasty and healthy.
PCC Natural Markets began as a food-buying club of 15 families in 1953. Today, it’s the largest consumer-owned natural food co-operative in the United States. PCC has nine stores in the Puget Sound region and is owned by nearly 40,000 members who shop (along with thousands of non-members) in PCC’s neighborhood locations and value the market’s commitment to:
- Advocating high-quality food standards.
- Supporting local, sustainable agriculture.
- Educating consumers about timely issues.
- Operating in an environmentally friendly way.
- Building community.
Readers to Eaters offers retail books about food, featuring newly published and classic titles, popular as well as undiscovered staff picks, books for curriculum teaching and reading group discussions. They also publish books about food for children and their families and develop educational programs about the food system by partnering with farmers, gardeners, chefs, teachers, librarians, parents and communities.
Seattle Urban Farm Company uses their collective farming and gardening experience to design, establish and maintain productive organic vegetable plots for individuals.
The Tacoma Food Co-op is working to build a member-owned cooperative grocery store. They envision the future store to be the nucleus of a much larger circle of relationships that will directly impact the local food supply, health and well-being of the greater Tacoma community.
Terra Flora Farm is a local, family-owned organic garden design and maintenance business specializing in creating and developing edible and permaculture gardens that promote the health of the plants, animals and people that live with them.
Terra Phoenix Design is a collection of experienced designers, educators & consultants focusing on whole systems design and productive ecological landscapes. Their goal is to guide homeowners, developers, and private enterprises through the process of vision development, real estate search assistance, residential & commercial design, and both design & project review.
Urban Garden Share is a website that pairs together homeowners (with garden space) with gardeners (with experience) to cultivate both food production and community. Their motto is, ”when neighbors come together and co-operatively grow food, dirt flies and good things happen.”
Urban Land Army is a not-just-for-profit business that provides the how-to information you need to work on your urban farming projects. It is also home to the Bucket Brigade, a fun community event that rescues unused buckets, plants them up with veggies, and gives them to the people, and Land Link, which connects people who have land with people who want to garden.