Nestled in the coastline community of Woodway, Marquart Farms provides a bountiful paradise for multiple beehives and pollinator gardens. This urban farmland uses several sustainable agricultural practices like raingardens, three tier composting systems, and collapsible greenhouses with drip irrigation systems. Our favorite part? From beekeepers to maintenance technicians, farm planners to organic farming enthusiasts, most of the hardworking hands belong to seniors who live in a housing complex nearby. Every year, a portion of their hard work turns into hundreds of pounds of produce that is then donated to the Edmonds Food Bank as part of the Snohomish Conservation District’s Plant a Row program.
There’s some interest in eventually using this space for both production and educational purposes. Marquart Farms is an excellent example of community members coming together to grow and share the fruits of their labor with those in need through sustainable agricultural practices. We look forward to seeing where this urban farm will go in the upcoming growing season, and we are happy to highlight them in this month’s farmer profile.