Elk Run Farm is a partnership between the 12 food banks of the South King County Food Coalition, Seattle-King County Public Health, WSU Extension, Highline College and Auburn Mt. View High School that addresses inequitable access to healthy foods for low-income families while promoting sustainable urban agriculture and new markets for local produce. Produce grown at Elk Run Farm, a former golf course, is distributed through South King County food banks to those in the community who can least afford it and live in areas where access to healthy food is limited.
Besides growing good food, Elk Run Farm strives to include the populations it services in positive health outcomes through education and outreach. Partnering with local schools in Maple Valley, Kent, Auburn, and other communities, Elk Run Farm will directly address barriers to education, health, and success in the local youth community through onsite programming. By developing a farm that brings underutilized land into production and engaging at-risk youth in agriculture, Elk Run Farm will increase access to healthy food among limited-income populations.