Harvest Collective is a cooperative of urban farmers growing food within the City of Seattle. We have converted approximately 6,000 square feet of urban land, and are cultivating it to put more local food on the market. We are trying to establish an environmentally and economically viable model that is attractive to both consumers of local produce, and backyard farmers interested in scaling up.
We tested our soil for nutrient/mineral content and lead, and adjusted with lime as recommended. We tilled in composted horse manure from a horse boarder who feeds his horses Alfalfa & Timothy Hay and uses a dewormer only as necessary. Our food is "harvested to order." Because our yield is limited, we fill orders first-come first-serve.
The plots in South Delridge are designed roughly according to the SPIN (Small Plot Intensive) Farming Model which aims to maximize the yield in sub-acre and scattered plots of urban land. Another producer member's layout has some elements which draw from the permaculture model. For more info, please visit www.harvestcollective.coop
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