History: the land
Stewarding this land for more than 60 years, Bonnie Turner was an avid gardener who opened her space to our work in 1996. She watched our program grow and her legacy continued after her passing thanks to the generosity of her granddaughter, Linda Newcomb, who offered GRuB the first opportunity to purchase the land.
Bonnie took a chance on us in 1996 and let us use her backyard to start a youth garden project. These past thirteen years, GRuB has operated its drop-out prevention, mentoring, and nutrition programs for low-income youth here at The GRuB Farm (formerly the Sister Holly Garden). This land is central to our mission of bringing good food to all people and is accessible to the community. When Bonnie passed away, her family graciously sold us the 2-acre parcel that is now the GRuB Farm. With great community and foundation support we completed our Capital Campaign in 2008 to purchase our farm and to build a new farmhouse to house the many people we work with. Thanks for helping us to create this beautiful space.
The GRuB Farm provides the soil, plants, trees, water, and microbes essential to the learning experiences we offer to youth. As stewards of this land we have expanded the rigor on the farm through increased food production and marketing including growing more food for emergency food distribution. We also have the capacity to employ more youth in our programs. As the rigor in the fields increases so does the self-esteem and pride that youth earn from a hard day’s work.
Get Involved with the GRuB Farm!
Want fresh veggies, fruits, & flowers from the GRuB Farm grown with love by youth in our GRuB High School Pilot Program? Check out our Neighborhood Market Stand and our Cultivator CSA programs. Enjoy the bounty of our farm while supporting its sustainability and the hardworking young people who make GRuB rock!
There are also opportunities to make sure that low-income youth and families in our community have access to healthy GRuB produce as well. You can donate Youth & Food Bank Shares to GRuB to support our efforts to send fresh food home with youth in our program and to the Thurston County Food Bank.
“I love bringing good food home…working at GRuB has influenced me to eat much healthier foods and to be more active.” – Cultivating Youth Crewmember