“Our mission is, quite literally, to help save the earth.”
Carrie Little
Protected Farms

Little Eorthe Farm

Location: Orting, WA
Date Protected: 2009
Acres: 33

Current Farmer:

Ken and Carrie Little

Project Background:

Little Eorthe Farm is a part of our Orting Valley Farms project. Throughout the conservation process, Washington Farmland Trust worked in close collaboration with Pierce County, in order to secure funds through the Washington State Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) and Pierce County’s Conservation Futures program. The Trust co-holds Orting Valley Farms’ conservation easement with Pierce County, ensuring that the property remains a farm in perpetuity. Funds administered through the WWRP by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO) were used to both secure the farmland, and to bridge the increasing gap between the high cost of farmland and affordability for farmers.

Property Description:

Little Eorthe Farm is located in the southern end of the Puyallup Valley. The property has prime agricultural soils, is priority habitat for White River Elk, and is certified Salmon Safe. Orting Valley Farms project is also uniquely located in an open space corridor that forms a continuum between Mount Rainier National Park and Commencement Bay.

Farm Products:

Little Eorthe Farm operates on approximately 33 acres, growing mixed vegetables, berries, flowers, honey, eggs, organic seeds and herbs.  Little Eorthe is also home to a small fiber-producing herd of alpacas and assorted other livestock.