Activities and Plans
Heritage Farm is a 79-acre living laboratory and classroom for the development and application of food production. It is a place where our citizens come together to build social networks around food production, volunteerism and giving back to the community. Friends of Heritage Farm Foundation contributions provide opportunities for a variety of groups and projects including some of these.
The Master Gardeners maintain a number of green houses and sponsor their annual spring plant sale. For more information about our local Master Gardeners program visit them at http://www.mgfcc.com or http://www.mastergardener.wsu.edu.
The Food Back supports an annual crop of carrots on seven acres on the farm. The Food Bank distributes 6 million pounds of food, much of which is grown on the Farm. For more information, visit them at http://www.clarkcountyfoodbank.org.
The 84 community gardens are active and maintained throughout the spring and summer months. Garden plots are managed by Clark County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, visit them at http://www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/community-gardens.
Numerous capital improvement projects are on the proposed list and include an irrigation system, parking lot, trail system with kiosks, vegetable washing stations, restrooms, to name a few.
The master plan, adopted in 2012, is based on community guided principles:
- Celebrate our agricultural heritage
- Maintain WSU’s presence on the site through programs, research, and office facilities
- Showcase and promote sustainable agricultural and building practices
- Support agricultural research that supports sustainable farming practices
- Enhance community wellness and inspire life-long learning
- Promote community volunteerism
- Integrate a variety of activities and resources that promote community access
For a more detail discussion of the Farm direction, please link to the Master Plan at http://www.clark.wa.gov/general-services/78th-street-heritage-farm
The Clark County 4-H program is administered through the WSU Youth Development program which is located at the Farm. For more information about the variety of programs offered, visit their website at http://ext100.wsu.edu/clark/4hyouthfamilies/.