Clean Greens is a 23-acre farm operated as a project of Black Dollar Days Task Force, by an urban African-American community with volunteers from Seattle’s urban center. The farm is 40 minutes from Seattle’s Central District, on the Snoqualmie River.
A rooster “protects” the flock of hens at Clean Greens farm. They produce fertilized, free-range eggs for their CSA subscribers.
Tommy Willis, farm manager, works to prepare the ground for planting during a very wet, cold spring.
Volunteers prepare the soil and weed among newly planted seedlings.
Young volunteers visit the hen house to collect eggs for the CSA boxes.
Harvesting Turnips: Clean Greens depends on volunteers from the city for planting, maintenance, and harvest. In turn, urban volunteers are reconnected with their food source and the earth.
Volunteers from Community Action for Global Justice help with fall clean up. Collards and other greens thrive through the fall months allowing Clean Greens farm stand to stay open through most of November.
Tommy harvests bok choy for the city farm stand and for 128 CSA subscriptions.
Loading crates of greens to bring to the city for distribution.
Unloading boxes of spring onions from the farm.
Tommy’s grandson helps harvest alongside groups of volunteers.
Tommy and Terrell, a volunteer in the CSA program, look on as Tommy’s grandson pulls carrots. One of the hopes of the project is that by involving children and youth from the community, they come to care about eating healthy food.
Tommy and Terrell carry peppers from the field for the CSA boxes and farm stand.
Harvesting chili peppers in the hoop house.
Lottie, the Clean Greens volunteer coordinator, minds the farm stand. Part of Clean Greens' mission is to make pesticide and chemical-free produce affordable to all members of the community.
Sarah sets up the Friday farm stand while Rev. Jeffrey talks with community members.
Rev. Jeffrey and Scott, a former CSA coordinator, unload and wash produce from the farm for the CSA boxes and farm stand.
Rev. Robert Jeffrey talks with a community member in front of the Clean Greens farm stand.
Rev. Jeffrey delivers bags of produce to Southeast Youth and Family Services. Clean Greens donates close to 50% of the crops harvested to needy families in the community through their Giveback program.