There’s a new garden just outside of Montesano growing vegetables and jobs. Hannah Jones is the Farm Coordinator, “We’re called Harbor Roots Farm, and we’re a project of Chaplains on the Harbor; working to find long-term solutions to poverty here in the county.”
They’re using about 3 acres on a former dairy-turned-grain farm off of the Wynoochee Valley Road West of the city. “We are gonna do 3 acres in vegetables. So we’ve got broccoli and cabbage and lettuce and cucumbers.”
One so inclined might also tip-toe through potatoes, kale, tomatoes, spinach, squash, basil, cauliflower, collards, beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, peas, beans, cilantro, dill, chard, and Brussel sprouts at the farm.
But at this farm; you buy seeds and time, and when they’re done you get a box of fresh produce. Hannah explains, “We [are] what you call community supported agriculture so people buy a share and that guarantees them a box of vegetables every week through the growing season.”
One share will cost you $30 a week and give you enough seasonal-veggies for 2-3 people, with pickup locations at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia and Randall Street Community Garden in Aberdeen.
You can buy a share for yourself, or for donation. Hannah said that the surplus food from each week goes to Grays Harbor food banks.
They’ve already hired a couple of farm apprentices Hannah adds, “they’ve all lived on the streets at one time or another. What we do is we provide a job and then also we’re providing wraparound services to help folks find housing, access counseling services and things like that.” She said they hope to grow in that department too, “So probably for this year the three is what we’re sticking with. But we’re hoping to expand in the next year and be able to keep growing more and more vegetables and offering more and more jobs.”
Find details at their website: Harborroots.com