Hello Food and Farm Hub

By Chris Iberle,
Food Hub Manager

11148841_10152815362892554_6387793719831120964_nWhat is cool as a walk-in cooler, attracts local farmers, delivers CSA boxes, makes juice and sells chicken feed? A new Food and Farm Hub in Rainier Beach, that’s what!

Seattle Tilth Produce has been looking for space to pack our 300 CSA shares and 150 Good Food Bags, increase our cold storage and receive deliveries from local farmers. We’ve found our new home!

Seattle’s Southeast Effective Development (SEED) signed a master lease on the 5,000 square foot building. They welcomed Seattle Tilth Produce along with Juicebox, Seattle Farm Co-op and City Fruit, establishing one of the first multi-use food spaces of its kind in Seattle. What a great team! And we still have some space available for additional partners. Who’s interested? Email chrisiberle@seattletilth.org.

Our team spent long hours building a big walk-in cooler and now we can receive fresh, organic produce and food from local farmers and then distribute it to the community. Buyers include weekly Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members, subsidized Good Food Bag members and local restaurants. When construction begins at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, a farm stand will open at the Food and Farm Hub as well!

Many small-scale farmers struggle to find adequate space for cold and dry storage, packing and aggregation. Since Seattle Tilth Produce is sourcing food from many local farmers, we needed a larger space. A majority of the food comes from Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn and Seattle Youth Garden Works in Rainier Beach and the University District.

Once the produce arrives, orders are packed and shipped out. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday you might see Seattle Tilth Produce’s biodiesel van pulling away from the dock packed full with locally grown, organic produce.

IMG_0696Seattle Tilth Produce shares the “clean room” and cold storage with Juicebox. They began in 2012 at the farmers market and specialize in cold-pressed organic juice and vegetable-focused cuisine. They began bottling their juices at the Food and Farm Hub in June, and their tasty juice is available at their Juice Bar and Cafe on Capitol Hill and online. Some extra kale or cucumbers from our farmers may find its way into Juicebox as well.

After a two year search, Seattle Farm Co-op is excited to share space with like-minded organizations. They moved into the dry storage side of the warehouse and opened their doors in May. They offer gardeners, urban farmers and co-op members access to animal feed, tools, supplies and workshops. Their hours are posted at seattlefarmcoop.com, supporting food producers in Southeast Seattle and beyond. A match made in urban farm heaven!

The Food and Farm Hub partners would like to invite you to a grand opening celebration, Thu., Sep. 17; 11 a.m. Come check out the space, meet the organizations working there and find out what the Food and Farm Hub is all about!

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