Oxbow Farms in Carnation is such a place. Their mission is to educate people on the importance of environmental stewardship and healthy food and to reconnect them to the land and our local sustainable food supply and to inspire all of us to take action in our daily lives and our communities.
At the heart of Oxbow Center is our 20-acre organic farm bordering an oxbow lake. This horseshoe shaped lake provides critical habitat for salmon and other wildlife. The lake is fed by the Snoqualmie River, which also brings rich Cascade glacial till to our soil. These energizing minerals are the roots of the valley’s food web and they course through the produce grown on our farm.
Since 2003 Oxboe has been partnering with Wild Fish Conservancy to offer environmental classes to school kids. In 2010 Oxbow established our non-profit with the main purpose of expanding our education programs to include seasonal classes on organic agriculture and environmental conservation.
Oxbow sells their produce at local farmers markets May to October, to local restaurants and through community supported agriculture. Their CSA provides members with a weekly share of produce from June through October and is the backbone of our farm.
If you’re interested, check out their website www.oxbow.org/ and go exploring to find about the Oxbow CSA, their farm, their educational programs and the cost to students. If cost is an issue, Oxbow has sponsorship and scholarship programs. There is also a summer camp available for kids.