What’s Been Happening On the Farm?

–Brenda Campbell, Stewardship & Community Education Coordinator


Lois Fisher with friend on Camelot Downs Farm. Photo: Jo Arlow Photography

It’s hard to believe that March has already come and gone—and with the kickoff of our new On the Farm educational series, we had a couple of opportunities to witness the beautiful emergence of spring!

On March 9th, we hosted an incredibly successful volunteer work party at Sanford’s Farm in Orting to enhance the habitat and conservation values of the property. Volunteers from all over Puget Sound took advantage of a rare sunny day in early March and showed up in droves to grab a shovel and dig into some of that fertile Orting Valley soil. In total, we had over 140 people come together from The Boeing Company, Pierce Conservation District, EarthCorps, REI, The City of Orting, Sanford’s Farm, PCC Farmland Trust, and the local community. In just over 3 hours we planted 350 native trees and shrubs, moved 60 yards of mulch, reused over 1,000 burlap sacks, and consumed 147 Chipotle Mexican Grill burritos! Oh, and we can’t forget to mention that the Sanford’s turkey added to the excitement of the day by laying her first egg! Wow, what a day. Special thanks to The Boeing Company who made sure that each volunteer left holding some fresh farm goodies in their hands, including eggs from Sanford’s Farm and neighboring Little Eorthe Farm, as well as freshly harvested root veggies from Tahoma Farm across the street. It seems that everyone had a great time down at Sanford’s Farm and we can’t wait to do it again.

The following weekend, On the Farm hit the road and headed north to Whidbey Island for a farm tour at Camelot Downs, where 22 baby lambs waited patiently to make their public debut. With farmers Gary and Lois Fisher leading the way, boot-clad attendees walked down the wooded path towards the gates of the picturesque farm where flocks of geese, ducks, and guinea fowl broke into a chorus of “honk, quack, and squawk”. Dolly the guard llama paced nervously back and forth along the fence line, unsure of what to make of the bright pink polka dotted boots scampering across the fields. Ginny the Hinny was much more comfortable with the gang of giggling toddlers and graciously welcomed every hug and pat that came her way. Thank you to everyone who made their way out to Camelot Downs, enduring the unrelenting wind to learn about organic farming, land conservation, and a few of Gary’s interesting facts!

If you are interested in joining us On the Farm, we are still looking for a few more volunteers to help us out at Growing Things Farm in Carnation, Washington on Saturday April 13th, where we are partnering with Stewardship Partners to plant a hedgerow along Sykes Creek to enhance salmon habitat in the Snoqualmie Valley. This will be another great event for families, community groups, and individuals to make an impact, help the environment, and learn about organic farmland conservation. So hurry and register before all of the tasty burritos that Chipotle Mexican Grill will be bringing for lunch are spoken for! Hope to see you on the farm!