Get out of the city—visit and explore 21 Acres, in the unique Sammamish Valley, just 30 minutes outside of Seattle. There’s always something going on.
The Farm Market
Open year-round with seriously delicious, locally sourced farm food, The Market showcases the best GMO-free, seasonal produce grown by Washington farmers, with products that are Certified Organic or produced by farmers committed to sustainable methods, including no chemical inputs or nasty pesticides. Shop for local produce, farmstead cheese, grass-fed meats, jams, sauces, grains, beans, and more. Pick up tasty food-to-go! Join 21 Acres for First Saturdays every month—demonstrations, samples, and specials!
21 Acres’ farm provides educational opportunities for people of all ages. It serves as an outdoor classroom for field trips; an adventure center for farm camps; a home for veterans healing; a center for volunteering; and a connection for all of us to learn how food is grown. Bring the kids for fields trips, farm camps, and cooking classes. They offer hands-on youth programs from preschool-age kids and older, up through the teenage years.
Classes and Events
At 21 Acres, they bring their mission to life with a variety of engaging classes and events. Each and every experience makes learning about local food, smart consumer choices, green energy, and low carbon transportation a fun and celebratory event. They offer interesting and engaging activities for all ages. When it comes to cooking classes, it all starts with a farm—focusing on all locally grown, tasty ingredients from nearby farms. Enjoy low cost, special events like free community gatherings—there’s usually something fun planned each month. Mark your calendar for the Sammamish Valley Summer Celebration, July 19-21; and the Fall Harvest Celebration, September 27-29.
Walk the Farm
Explore and see firsthand all of the features of the 21 Acres working farm. From the garden shed that was the first building constructed on the site, to the apiary where the bees return from their work pollinating the Valley; to the children’s and veterans’ garden areas, to their row crops growing in their Certified Organic acreage. No matter the season, there is always something interesting to see. Visitors who walk to the furthest point of the farm are treated to a vista of Mt. Rainier to the south, the exuberance of the two community gardens, and a glimpse of the weather station to the north. Experience 21 Acres and enjoy farm walks twice monthly. Enjoy a scheduled tour or take a self-guided one—21 Acres loves to share and show how to take action to solve climate challenges.
21 Acres is a center for sustainable agriculture education and collective action. They offer a range of food and farm-based programs, workshops, events, and tours within the farm, market, and LEED Platinum-certified building. Founded in 2005, their purpose is to promote the benefits of local food systems within the context of climate challenges. They explore the relationship between our natural and built environments, and the transition from an unsustainable, fossil fuel-based lifestyle to a sustainable and regenerative one.
21 Acres innovates to solve current problems by infusing traditional concepts with new knowledge, promoting a whole systems approach to food production, small-scale food economies, environmental preservation, and climate resilience. People go to 21 Acres to unite around ideas and practices that will lead us to a better future locally, regionally, and globally. Experience 21 Acres, take a scheduled tour of the farm or take a stroll around campus; they also offer green building tours twice monthly.
There are many fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at 21 Acres. These range from time on the farm and in the educational gardens, to assisting with research on green building and living projects, or interacting with the public by leading tours. Their staff thoroughly appreciates collaborating with volunteers and they often find themselves learning alongside each other as they tackle projects together. There are plenty of activities for individuals and they also host service and team building days for both youth and adult groups.
Find the Farm Market hours and tour details here—check out the classes and events calendar, too! Sign up for their occasional newsletter—Fresh News—to stay up to date. Don’t forget to look for their annual and seasonal coupons in both the Chinook Book print edition and mobile app.