First Fruits Co-Op is a unique farm, providing fresh produce to disadvantaged residents surrounding Marysville, Washington. In 2009 a Snohomish County family devoted a large portion of their land to develop a member/volunteer operated farm. The Co-Op works in partnership with Seeds of Grace Distribution Center (Est. 2003), an Allen Creek Community Church food bank. Co-Op members were aware of left over, over-ripe, often rotting produce donated to area food banks. They felt called to provide their neighbors in need with fresh healthy 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 families each week from May to the End of October were able to feed their families healthy locally grown produce.
First Fruits is requesting assistance for materials to build a kitchen shed on the farm. The Snohomish Armory generously donated a commercial grade three sink bay to First Fruits which will provide proper sanitation for times when volunteers teach canning classes to the community. The planned structure is an open air shed with drying areas for hanging grains and beans which the farm has been growing and harvesting.
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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