Harbor Roots Farm, which will offer farm apprenticeships with living wages and grows fresh local food for shareholders and the area’s hungry, [began] operation [this month] on 3 acres of leased land in the Wynooche Valley.
The farm is an effort spearheaded by the Rev. Sarah Monroe, founder of Chaplains on the Harbor, an organization that strives to get the homeless, recently jailed or drug-addicted citizens of the county back on their feet.
“We’ve been wanting to do some sort of social enterprise,” said Monroe. She and her small team looked at models of community-supported agriculture and came up with the idea of creating a place where people who are struggling can be productive, make a living wage and give back to the community.
Chaplains on the Harbor is affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, but Chaplain and consultant Hannah Jones stresses there is no faith requirement to be a part of their group.