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Blue Earth Farms, an educational working farm in Lewis County, was launched in 2007 to assist the community in exploring and implementing healthy lifestyles with a focus on organic gardening, nutrition, and environmental sciences. To realize these goals, Blue Earth Farms identified opportunities to work with local schools, families, and small-scale farmers in the community including:
Blue Earth Farms partners with many organizations including the Lewis County Healthy Family Coalition, Lewis County Health Department, NW Pediatrics, Centralia College ECEAP Program, local schools and Head Start programs, and the Lewis County Economic Development Council. Blue Earth Farms also engages parents and community members as volunteers in the school and community garden projects.
Through participation in the Lewis County Healthy Family Coalition, Blue Earth Farms is engaged in county-level efforts to assess community health indicators and barriers to accessing healthful foods. The farm also tracks program participation and measures outcomes such as as the amount of food produced in the community garden.
Featured: Spring 2010
Children, families, small-scale farmers