Increasing Access to Healthy Food
While our country produces enough food that no one should go hungry, access to healthy food is not equitable. Low-income communities in particular face significant barriers to obtaining affordable, nutritious produce. People who grow their own food can be more self-sufficient and healthy, and play an active role in turning food deserts into oases!
A Healthier Community
OUR URBAN FARM GIVING GARDENS
Our Lettuce Link program operates urban farms in south and southeast Seattle, where neighbors grow produce for themselves and their communities.
Marra Farm Giving Garden
Since 1986, Lettuce Link has cultivated a 3/4-acre Giving Garden on historic urban farmland at Marra Farm in the South Park neighborhood.
In 2014, community members, volunteers and Lettuce Link staff grew more than 15,000 pounds of fresh, organic produce there. All of the produce grown stays in the South Park community, nourishing Concord International School students and their families – and other South Park residents – via food banks, meal programs, and our Work Trade program participants.
Seattle Community Farm
Seattle Community Farm in the Rainier Vista community is a 1/2-acre of previously unused urban land transformed to a farm in 2009 to educate, inspire and increase food security for Southeast Seattle residents.
In 2014, community members, volunteers and Lettuce Link staff grew more than 8,100 pounds of vegetables there! Produce grown at this lovely terraced farm is shared among Rainier Vista residents, volunteers, the Rainier Valley Food Bank, and Work Trade program participants.
Education, Volunteering & Work Trade
Both of our farms host vibrant gardening, nutrition and environmental education programs for young people, and we have many group and individual volunteer opportunities, especially during the growing season.
Through Volunteer Work Parties and an innovative Work Trade Program, people can volunteer at our farms in exchange for a bag of vegetables.