The Veggie Co-op is a volunteer-run program managed by the Pierce Conservation District (PCD) through its program Harvest Pierce County that coordinates individuals to come together as a community to grow food on a farm scale on land provided by the Franklin Pierce School District on E 96th and Waller Road in Tacoma, WA.
Volunteering at Veggie Co- op:
Volunteers attend weekly work parties where they work, grow, and learn as a group, instead of stewarding rows individually as typical in most community gardens. The produce is divided 50/50 among emergency food sites and volunteers. Veggie Co-op is a free program and is open to all participants.
At Veggie Co-op there is a job for everyone! Do keep in mind this is a small-scale working farm and most jobs are rather physical. Proper lifting techniques are taught and encouraged. A typical work party includes a range of jobs that one may choose according to their ability. A typical work day may require you to seed trays, rake, shovel, hoe, dig, plant, weed, water, prune, or haul farm trimmings.
As a Veggie Co- op member you will:
- Learn agricultural/farming/gardening skills
- Donate 50% of the food grown to food banks, meal sites, and other community organizations
- Receive a weekly, evenly divided share of the harvest
- Work closely with a group of fellow volunteers and experience a whole growing season!
As a Veggie Co-op Member you will commit to:
- Attending at least one work party a week (3 hours) Note: Participants are allowed to miss up to 5 weeks over the course of the season
- Commit to the whole growing season (February-mid November)
- Work with other participants in a communal environment.