Help Us Create Our Future

Our Seattle Farm Co-op retail and warehouse space on South Jackson Street has been sold and exhaustive searching has not yet resulted in a new home so, sadly, retail operations of the SFC are suspended for the time being.

We are so grateful to our member-owners and all our customers for supporting the SFC feed and seed store.  We still need your support during this hiatus.  We’re all needed to participate in the discussion and to volunteer to do the work needed to sustain our Co-op.  You can help us in a number of very important ways:

1. Consider serving on the SFC Board of Directors for the next term beginning in January 2015.  Elections are coming up soon!  Any member can run for a seat on the Board of Directors and we’d like to encourage you to consider contributing your skills to the continued growth of our cooperative community.  There are 4 seats open for election this year and the deadline for applications is November 8th.  Voting will open the following week and close in early December. (Click here for an application.)  Please send applications to the Board at steering@seattlefarmcoop.com by November 8th and a current Board member will confirm receipt of your application.

Requirements: You must be an existing Co-op member, or become a member, if you choose to run for a seat on the Board of directors.  Additionally, you should attend one or two Board meetings between now and elections so you have a realistic idea of how the Board works and the time commitment involved.  This will be a good opportunity to ask questions, as well.

2. Volunteer as an “Interim Director” and work with the current board of directors between now and the January elections.  This is a great way to determine if board membership is right for you while providing much needed help to the Co-op.

3. Join the SFC Feasibility Study Group.  This group of volunteers will be digging up valuable information that will be used to determine feasibility of future retail operations for the Co-op, as discussed at the Annual Member Meeting on October 12th. (Click here to view meeting minutes from the SFC 2014 Annual Member Meeting.)

4. Attend a Board meeting.  Any member is invited to attend Board meetings.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about your Co-op.  In addition to the roles mentioned above, we have other tasks that members can take on which will contribute to the future success of the Co-op in meaningful ways. The Board of Directors meetings are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30pm in SE Seattle.  The next meeting is Tuesday, November 4th.  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP in advance by sending an email to steering@seattlefarmcoop.com so we can send you location directions and so we know how many to expect. 

For more information on anything related to the Co-op, please send email to info@seattlefarmcoop.com.

Thank you,
The Seattle Farm Co-op Board of Directors

Welcome to the Seattle Farm Co-op!

The Seattle Farm Co-op was created with the express purpose of giving urban farmers better access to feed, tools, supplies and a supportive community of like minded folks. We source our feed as locally and organically as possible and offer a wide range of supplies, classes and gatherings to help all urban farmers get the most out of their farming experience.

Hen Peckin'

Hen Peckin’

The Co-op hosts gatherings and classes and teams up with area organizations like Seattle Tilth and others to create a rich environment of activities for participants. From harvest events with educational workshops, music, dancing and Backyard Barter to on site classes throughout the year like beekeeping, soap making and seed saving, rest assured there is never a dull moment. Each function serves to connect people in the area and create a network of individuals rich in education, passion and skills.

Red Ranger Meat Birds

Red Ranger Meat Birds

Supplies, classes and know how includes anything related to urban agriculture. Beekeeping, keeping goats for milk and cheese production, chickens for eggs and meat, rabbits for meat and manure, worm and black soldier fly composting, gardening, canning and preserving, and local culture and food are all featured. At the warehouse it is very likely that you will pick up good conversation along with your bag of organic layer pellets. The one thing about us urban farmers – we love to talk about it!

Our ScratchPad blog was created on this site to reach out further and really engage everyone together in conversation. Local writers, bloggers, Co-op members, warehouse employees and volunteers all contribute to create an online meeting place for people in the Seattle metropolitan area to talk, exchange ideas and get informed about future community events. Through Yahoo Groups, the Co-op also hosts an online community of over 1000 mostly local urban farmers, experienced and beginner, who regularly share a wealth of information and resources.

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Backyard Goats for Milk and Cheese!

Information about Co-op membership and applications can be found on the Membership & Volunteering page. Click HERE for the Co-op bylaws and HERE for the Co-op Articles of Incorporation. Please consider joining our Co-op so that we can continue to bring quality supplies at affordable prices to all of our members. If you’re looking for quality feed and supplies at excellent prices, the Co-op is the place to come. And as a member, your input is welcomed and valued to continue our growth as a Co-op.

Thanks for stopping by!