Jake Sterino currently farms the Harman property as the fourth generation of the Sterino family to farm in the Puyallup Valley. Sterino Farms grows a variety of vegetables and berries and uses the property for a vegetable rotation including sweet corn, pumpkins, cabbage, and other specialty crops. You can find Sterino products at area supermarkets as well as at their produce market in Puyallup.
The Harman Farm was initially identified as excellent farmland and an important asset to the local community in an assessment the Trust did to evaluate the state of the Puyallup Valley’s remaining farmland. It was further ranked as a high priority for conservation by the pierce County Ag Roundtable’s shared 10-year conservation strategy.
The Harman Farm sits right alongside the Carbon River near its confluence with the Puyallup River. At 44 acres, it is slightly larger than the average farm in Pierce County and includes high quality tillable fields, wooded areas, and riparian habitat. Voight’s Creek and another unnamed tributary to the Carbon River run across the property, providing important fish habitat. The farm is easily accessible and located right outside the town of Orting and near to the cities of Tacoma and Puyallup, making it highly visible and giving it great access to markets.
Pumpkins and hopefully more crops in the future.