First Fruits Co-Op Hoop House
First Fruits Co-Op grows and harvests fresh produce, supporting residents in and around Marysville, Washington. First Fruits was created to grow and then donate the crop to Seeds of Grace Distribution Center (Est. 2003), an Allen Creek Community Church food bank. Co-Op members were aware of discarded, overripe, often rotting produce donated to area food banks and felt called to provide their neighbors in need with fresh healthier food choices. In 2014, with the help of gifted compost from Cedar Grove, First Fruits was able to donate over 6000 pounds of fresh produce! Over two hundred low income families, each week from May to the end of October, were able to enjoy healthy locally grown produce.
Our current project is to construct a hoop house on the farm. By building a hoop house, we will be increasing the farm’s harvest and will be able to provide more produce earlier in the year to donate to the food bank. Our plan is to use the hoop house to harden off plant starts from the warmer greenhouse prior to planting them in the ground. Tomatoes are able to thrive within a hoop house protected environment as well as other above ground vegetables. It is our hope to be able to contribute more of these staple vegetables and the reason why we are seeking assistance from the generous grant from Sow It Forward.
The ultimate vision of the Co-Op is to incorporate hands-on grow practices, teach and inspire sustainable farming to future generations, and to bring people together; providing the community with bountiful harvests. With the impending loss of nutrient rich farmland in Snohomish County due to foreclosure and encroaching housing developments, First Fruits is committed to implementing sustainable grow practices, enhancing the land for future farming, and continued ethical land use.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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